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NY farm makes the best of a soggy situation

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PERU, N.Y. -

The smell of autumn is in the air and Rulfs Orchard is ready for veggie shoppers, like Linda Steinberg.

"Going to a grocery store up here is not the answer for us. So, we're very happy places like Rulfs are here and continue to be here," Steinberg said.

But earlier this summer the farm wasn't sure it would have many crops to harvest.

"If you needed bread at home you can wait until tomorrow or the next day to get it. We have to wait a whole year for the crops again and that's a long time and a huge investment. It's not only the price of the seed, it's the labor, herbicide, pesticide, everything involved and it's waiting that whole year to get those crops planted again and you're relying on Mother Nature to help you out," said Linda Facteau of Rulfs Orchard.

Facteau has spent 21 years at Rulfs, having a hand in everything agriculture. She says the weather this summer had her worried about some of their fall attractions.

"At first when we looked at the corn maze we thought it would be our first corn maze you go on your hands and knees," Facteau said. "At one point about three weeks ago I drove through the fields and saw blossoms which was scary, but the pumpkins seem now to be doing well."

Facteau says it could have been worse at Rulfs. Luckily, the corn grew and the squash and pumpkin supply will get the farm through the fall. They just won't have enough to distribute to other places that are in need of their crops.

"They're looking for hard squash, they're looking for pumpkins. And it's not only us, all of the growers widespread have been devastated by the wet summer we've had," Facteau said.

But at Rulfs, the pumpkins that are in the patch are worth picking. And the farm just hopes Mother Nature is a bit kinder next season.

Facteau says while the farm was hit economically, they will press on with what they have.

"You can just take a big deep breath and say yes, let's move on, let's get through this season, keep people as happy as we can keep them," she said.

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