A car on Forest Ave. whizzes past a large number of pumpkins in front of Trinity United Methodist Church in Henrico County, VA Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. The pumpkins range in price from 50 cents to 50 dollars, depending on size and profits from the sales will go to help youth in the church with their mission work.

Just in time for fall, pumpkins have moved onto Virginia’s list of top 20 agriculture commodities.

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service says pumpkin sales in Virginia reached an estimated $11 million in 2018. Wholesale pumpkins generated $10.3 million, while sales of pick-your-own pumpkins brought in an estimated $700,000.

In past years, many wholesale pumpkins were shipped to Virginia from Pennsylvania and the Midwest. But Virginia growers are catching up. In 2018, commercial pumpkins were grown on 3,500 acres of Virginia farmland.

Virginia Pumpkin Growers Association President Danny Cassell said growers typically sell to grocery stores or offer pick-your-own pumpkins.

More pumpkins are grown in southwest Virginia than anywhere else, but there are growers throughout the state.

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