There is no danger of a shortage of pumpkins for Halloween next week.
Thousands of the bright orange squashes were carved up and turned into Halloween lanterns for Spalding’s pumpkin parade, thanks to Spalding grower David Bowman who supplies the event.
However, there are plenty more in the supermarkets – at least a million from another Spalding pumpkin supplier.
Ben Harris, of Lincolnshire Field Products, is supplying Asda with a million 20cm plus pumpkins this year.
To keep up with increased customer demand for pumpkin carving, Asda is expecting to sell 20 per cent more pumpkins than in 2012 – over 1.4 million in total.
Asda commercial account manager Ben said the company worked closely with its grower, who has over 550 acres of pumpkins, before selling and delivering to Asda.
Ben said: “The crop was slow starting because of the cold beginning to the year, but then the rest of the season has been kind to us and we are pleased with the crop so far.
“Every crop is important to us, especially pumpkin as it’s so concentrated into the last week of October.
“There’s always a lot to go wrong and that’s where planning thoroughly really helps deliver the goods.”
Lincolnshire Field Products grows a wide range of products, mainly brassicas like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages and sprouts. It also grows a large acreage of potatoes, cereals and sugarbeet.