MACOMB, IL – Midwest Grass & Forage (MGF) has announced that beginning Friday, September 23rd at 3:30 p.m., they will be selling pumpkins and gourds from the their test patch, with proceeds benefitting the West Prairie High School FFA.
“Our facility has a few acres that we crop to test new products before offering them for sale. We had an area that needed crop rotation this year, and we thought pumpkins would be something fun to try!” says MGF Agronomist Laura Lant. “With the challenges brought on by mother nature this year, and considering that we planted fairly late, we are very happy with our crop!”
Students from West Prairie FFA will be at MGF harvesting and sorting the pumpkins and gourds, with over 22 different varieties ranging from Jack-Be-Littles all the way up to Prizewinners, which can grow up to 300 pounds.
MGF Marketing Manager Maggie Torrance is an alumnus of the West Prairie FFA program, and reached out after MGF realized that they would be needing help marketing and harvesting the pumpkins. Says Torrance, “FFA has such a great mission, and exposes so many students to agriculture that would not otherwise have the opportunity. We are so excited to partner with them, and are so appreciative of their help in harvesting!”
The pumpkins and gourds will be available for purchase beginning Friday, September 23rd, after 3:30 p.m. using a self-honor pick up system. A drop box for cash or check payments will be located on the post of the MGF mailbox, and will be available until they run out.