JAMES CITY — The wind and rain that sprayed the Peninsula last weekend didn't stop customers from coming to Barry and Clint Allen's farm.
The owners of Pumpkinville Farm hope their Halloween haven along Richmond Road in Toano will continue to be a draw, even if the weather is less than ideal for pumpkin picking.
"They're saying we'll get some rain overnight … then it's going to be beautiful all weekend, "said Barry Allen, on Friday morning. "That's great news."
Pumpkin patches throughout the greater Williamsburg area are open for the season and reporting a healthy crop.
The Allens have operated Pumpkinville for two decades. They try to create a family-friendly atmosphere on their property with hayrides, inflatable slides (on the weekends) and two corn mazes.
"The big one is formidable," said Barry Allen, pointing to a large corn field next to the pumpkin patch. "We have lots of twists and turns in there."
A smaller corn maze closer to the patch is geared toward children and their parents.
Virginia is home to about 200 commercial pumpkin growers, although many of them are in the state's southwest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
"It was a good growing season with a quality crop," said Elaine Lidholm, the department's communications director. "What the farmers were reporting, and this is important, is that they had excellent color and stems."
Lidholm said she had not heard of regional damage from Hurricane Joaquin, although farmers were hurrying to pick their crop before the storms swept into the area.
Any damaged crops might be specific to each site's location, she said.
Barry Allen pointed to the selection of pumpkins along the ground that are for sale.
"They look really good this year," he said.
Virginia farmers generally harvest pumpkins between early September and late October.
At Holly Folk Farm, Stephanie Ripchick is getting ready for a crush of visitors to the Barhamsville property's pumpkin path.
"People really don't think about it until the temperatures start to drop," Ripchick said. "Once they start to get a little cabin fever, then they're ready to get out."
The farm offers pumpkins in a variety of sizes, prices and colors.
"We had a great crop this year," she said.
Ripchick said no pumpkin is priced over $22.99, regardless of size.
"We have pumpkins for every budget," she said. The $22.99 variety, "that's a three-man lift."
Holly Folk Farm is also selling pink pumpkins as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"It's a specialty pumpkins, and it's very pink," she said. "It usually sells out in the first two weeks."
Ripchick said Holly Folk Farm tries to stay in tune with customers' needs. They sell food, hot chocolate and offer hayrides.
"We don't do scary/gory," she said. "It's all family friendly … everything we offer here is focused on families and creating a relaxed atmosphere."
Holly Folk also allow visitors to buy smaller gourds that can be placed in a slingshot and launched at targets.
"We couldn't find insurance" for a catapult, Ripchick said. The slingshots "are popular, and it's something moms and dads and the kids can all do."
Brauchle can be reached at 757-846-4361.
Where: 7691 Richmond Road, Toano
•Holly Fork Farm
Where: 4901 Holly Fork Road, Barhamsville
•Green Hand Farm Park
Address: 5900 George Washington Memorial Highway, Gloucester
•Belmont Pumpkin Farm
Address: 155 Belmont Lane, North