Dusty pumpkins slap between rough hands as workers throw them into a tractor’s trailer.
It’s a rhythmic, full sound, like a child testing a drum.
This third-generation farm supplies more than 600,000 pumpkins to Walmarts, Wincos, Yokes and Home Depots in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. But here in southeast Washington near the Tri-Cities, the farm’s future is at stake.
There’s a fight over a proposed reservoir that pits these third-generation pumpkin farmers against thousands of potential water users.