(HOI) — Halloween is just a couple days away and many people are still hitting the orchards hard trying to find their perfect pumpkins.
Meteorologist Heaven Richey takes us to a unique orchard hidden in the small town of Granville.
The Boggio’s Orchard and Produce, a mom and pop store ran by Keith and Denise Boggio in Putnam County, was started in the 1990s. The farm is 240 acres and we are going to show what it all entails.
They make their own fudge and donuts from scratch, as well as fresh baked goods. They do have some fudge here which is all made in house. What they are well known for are their homemade donuts from scratch.
Instead of using water, they use cider that comes from apples they grow on the farm, giving the fudge its unique flavor.
“The orchard itself was put in back in 1982. (Keith’s) mom and dad owned it before we did and we bought it from them,” Denise Boggio said.
Before fall season, the Boggios spend their time growing produce, ranging from sweet corn, asparagus and melons. But like many farmers have said — this year was a struggle.
“We had a very wet spring , so we lost a lot of our vegetables. We planted our beets four times and they just didn’t grow. We have also had issues with deer. They like mushmelons. They ate our whole patch,” Denise said.
Keith added, “It’s my 41st year of farming and it’s been the most challenging that I could ever remember. We had one week in the beginning of the spring that was beautiful… Then, from then on for two months it was a challenge. The garden isn’t forgiving like corn or bean. You make a mistake, you live with it all year.”
Keith is a full-time farmer, with large amounts of corn and soybeans away from the orchard.
Denise decided to add entertainment to the orchard for a place for kids and family to come.
“We have a you-pick pumpkin patch and you pick apples. We also have entertainment farming which includes a petting zoo, barrel train, wagon train and rides, apple cannons, pedal cars, jump pillow, and pony rides on the weekend,” Denise said.
Despite the challenges of farming, the couple says there’s something else that tells them to keep going.
“The knowledge we both have is priceless. We try to teach kids work ethics, how to perform at a job. We thrive to make families happy,” Keith said.