The pumpkin harvest is in its bright orange glory at Perry & Sons, a grower near Manteca that is one of the state’s largest.
Perry and other producers are busy with the Halloween market, the only time of year, apparently, that people place a hefty piece of produce on their porches.
San Joaquin is California’s top pumpkin county by far. Its agricultural commissioner estimated about $17 million in gross income to farmers in 2017. Stanislaus County reported $3.4 milllion.
Perry sells several sizes and shapes of pumpkin from a few farms supplying its packing plant just off Highway 99 near Manteca’s north edge. It also offers several other types of squash, watermelon, Indian corn and gourds.
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The family has farmed there since 1925, when Delphino Perry started a dairy after immigrating from the Azores Islands. It evolved into a squash and watermelon business that now involves a fourth generation.