Farms Scare Up Extra Business This Time of Year

9 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 26 2010 Oct 26, 2010 Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:32:51 PM CDT October 26, 2010 in News
COOPER COUNTY - Farms across the country convert themselves into Halloween paradises each year. But the farms provide fall entertainment to increase the farms' yearly revenue. Peach Tree Farms in Cooper County primarily grows peaches, but owner Bruce Arnett says the pumpkin patch saved him a couple of times when his orchard had a poor crop.

Arnett said four years ago a freeze took nearly everything.

"Out of 2,200 trees, there were only seven peaches," Arnett said. He said that if it weren't for the Fall season generating some profit, he might have gone out of business.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2007 census reports that only 45 percent of the 2.2 million farmers nationwide show positive net cash income from farming, while the rest must supplement their revenue in order to cover their expenses. Many farmers find that extra cash by transforming their farms during the Halloween season.

Arnett says he makes an extra $2,000 a weekend during the fall.

He says he enjoys the extra revenue but the smiles and people are what makes the business worthwhile.

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