Offbeat
12:30 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Michigan Christmas tree, pumpkin crops doing well

HOLLY, Mich. (AP) - Despite a few hiccups due to some wild weather, Michigan's holiday crops are looking good.

The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that the state's Christmas tree growers say that while some trees were victims of the weather, it's unlikely to affect consumers.

Pumpkin growers say they're doing well after the drought and heat of the summer.

The news about the holiday crops' successes is welcome for Michigan consumers who have been paying higher prices for fruit after this year's crops of apples, peaches and cherries were severely hurt by unseasonably warm March weather that was followed by several nights of freezes.

Glen Mitchell owns Mitchell Farms in Holly.

Mitchell says at one time he wasn't sure the pumpkin crop would make it.

Now, he says his pumpkins "look really good."