What Would You Do with 1,000 Pumpkins?

The rainy day left the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm with 1,000 leftover pumpkins. Here's how you can help.

It rained Saturday.

It rained a lot. 

And while that may have been an inconvenience to some, for the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm it really hurt.

The Stonewall Pumpkin Festival is the museum's largest fundraiser of the year. Not only did the wet day keep some people away, it also left the museum with about 1,000 pumpkins sitting on their property.

What would you do with 1,000 pumpkins?

While the pumpkins make a lovely pastoral scene, those gourds have got to go.

"This rain will dramatically affect our bottom line and any help from friends to purchase their pumpkins from the Museum this year will really help," museum director Pat McKay said.

The museum is selling the large pumpkins for $5 and the little ones for $2. The museum staff is on site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sunday, to assist with sales.

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mike rossbach October 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Last time I checked...pumpkins are a food source.....pies, soups ect...donate them to a soup kitchen.....
David Gifford October 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Time to get the word out. They'll need some road signs and volunteers. I have posted photos of these pumpkins and everyone is asking where this is. There is a lot of traffic down Tienken daily. About being a food source, there are specific pie pumpkins, just like there are different kinds of corn for grain, eating and pop corn. I don't know if these pumpkins would be good for that plus 1000 pumpkins may be too hard for volunteers to process.
Susan Heholt October 16, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I'll post to FB...
Sherry October 16, 2012 at 06:27 PM
David, your Van Hoosen Farm and pumpkin photo is gorgeous!!
David Gifford October 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Thanks! I owe it to timing and a panoramic feature on my Sony camera.
Laura Cassar October 16, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Thanks, Susan!
Carolyn Wells October 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM
What a win-win! Locally grown pumpkins for only $5. Support your municipality and pick up a few - the selection is terrific! Thanks for this article!
Laura Cassar October 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
David, thanks for adding your photo!
Kim October 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I'll run over today and buy a few. Wish I'd taken that beautiful photo!
Stacy L. Cerget October 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We'll stop in tomorrow to pick out a few ;)
Laura Cassar October 17, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I love seeing that this story has had 155 recommendations! You guys rock!
Poonam Bhatia October 18, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Awesome! Will buy pumpkins from here for my son's 6th grade pumpkin dissection lab :)
Sally Anglim October 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Will you post an update at some point? I'd love to hear that the museum came out in the black on this. My kids were excited to see the hay bale and pumpkins that I bought while they were at school the other day, and I was so glad to contribute to a great cause that I paid well over the price they were asking. I considered it a donation with perks. :o) Hopefully others did the same.
David Gifford October 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Check the photos for some updates.


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