"Deer ate the little ones," he said. "The weather has impacted things a lot. Pumpkins don't like wet weather. With all the rain this year the vegetables were fair and some poor. Anybody who tried to grow a garden can testify to that. Bees won't pollinate in the rain. Then it got blazing hot. With no roots established, the hot and dry weather hurts. When it's too hot, cucumbers and squash won't set blooms. Corn faired pretty decent."
While farming is hard work with many variables, he loves it.
"I've done it my whole life," he said. "I enjoy it."
He and his sister both have homes overlooking the rolling land where they grew up. Of the 280 acres that are family owned, about 30 of it is farmable, Bob noted.
There are three pumpkin patches covering about 25 acres, including the eight-acre one where the public can pick. Additional pumpkins are sold at Capitol Market in Charleston.
"We are strictly retail," he said. "We'd rather deal with people than conglomerates. We grow several varieties. Four or five are the jack-o-lantern type. We have pie pumpkins."
Other offerings include mums, peppers, squash, fodder, hay, straw, Indian corn, melons, gourds, shrubs and trees.
Admission to The Pumpkin Patch is free for children 2 and under, $6 for ages 3 to 8 and those over 60, and $8 for ages 9 to 60. Discounts are available for groups.
The admission price includes all activities. Concessions to be sold on site by vendors include kettle corn, hot dogs, steak sandwiches, cotton candy, caramel corn, and caramel apples. Bridge Road Bistro will sell there on weekends and will prepare food for the "breakfast on the farm" event on Oct. 19; some proceeds will benefit food banks and the local animal shelter. More details about events will be updated regularly on the Gritt's Farms Facebook page. Directions will be posted there as well.
For more information call 304-937-2565.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.