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The points of contact between Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service and the grower & business communities are the NJ County Agricultural Agents. The agents are a tremendous source of information for both new and experienced growers. Visit your local county extension office.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sourcing Pumpkins and other Fall Crops

Eighteen participating states have their
own MarketMaker homepages now.
July's heat followed by the excessive rains through August have farm market operators concerned about having enough pumpkins and other crops for the lucrative Fall season. Pennsylvania, New York and DelMarVa have also been inundated with flooding rains lately, so crops may be tight there too. That's forcing us to search further west, but how does one start making contacts?

Ohio pumpkin growers/shippers are shown on
a map with details about individual farms on
their own pages, as shown below. Searches
can be refined to narrow the listings to better
match what you need.

Luckily, though we haven't been able to figure out how to bring it to NJ yet, Ohio, NY, PA and about 15 other states have joined the national MarketMaker system created by University of Illinois Cooperative Extension. The system was developed to allow farmers to study and find potential market outlets for their crops and livestock products, as well as post listings of ag products for sale. Go to any one of the individual state's sites, search for pumpkins, and you'll get a listing of all the pumpkin growers/marketers in that state. You'll see on a map where each farm is and get contact information to be able to start your search.
Rick VanVranken