Ford Farm Market celebrates Halloween with massive pumpkins
An upstate couple has gained attention on an annual basis for their affinity for growing and carving massive pumpkins.
At Ford Farm Market in Chili, Tom and Sharon Swain have giant pumpkins on display. Their biggest this year weighs in at 876 pounds.
Tom grows the pumpkins, and Sharon carves them and turns them into pieces of art.
Tom says they have been working with giant pumpkins for 32 years.
The process starts in May, when the pumpkin seeds are chosen.
"They are called North Atlantic giants and I've been crossing seeds and trading seeds with other growers around the world to come up with what I hope will be the prettiest giant pumpkin ever grown," says Tom Swain.
Sharon says many giant pumpkins turn out somewhat yellow, but Tom tries to cross them to make them orange.
By October, Sharon starts to carve the pumpkins. 32 years ago she started with carving faces, this year her theme is children's movies.
"I like to see all the children come up and enjoy the pumpkins and all of the children can guess what they are, what movies they are," says Sharon Swain.
The Swains say they pride themselves on providing a free fall activity for families all across western New York.