As Halloween draws near, people are heading to fields , grocery stores and roadside stands in search of the greatest Great Pumpkin. Our pumpkin expert is Horticulture professor Dr. Stephen Reiners at the Experiment Station in Geneva. He says the selection out there has been very good this year. He advises you to closely inspect each pumpkin before buying .
He also says avoid a pumpkin with a soft or spongy stem because that could be a sign of disease. 95% of the pumpkins grown in New York are for decoration.