With Halloween quickly approaching and with what appears to be Winter here instead of fall, many of us have pumpkins sitting on our porch. Several years ago we learned about pumpkin compost events and we changed how we decorate with pumpkins. Now we just carve them and don’t use any paint or fancy decor with them. Of course the seeds are the best part and we try out different recipes each fall for those. Last year we made garlic seeds and they were delicious, of course you have to like the taste and smell of garlic.
Most of the events have the following guidelines: All candle wax and decor must be removed and painted pumpkins will not be accepted.
Anoka: November 1st
Brooklyn Park: November 1-8th
Burnsville: November 7th
Edina: November 4th
Fridley: through November 9th
Mendota Heights/West St. Paul: November 7-8
Plymouth: through November 16th
Ramsey County: See website for info
There are likely other events around the state, we tried to find some in other areas of the state but many of the events from previous years don’t show anything for 2020. It’s possible they aren’t offering anything this year or perhaps are just sharing the event in their local newspaper or local radio station. Many communities are starting to offer compost sites that are open year round so check with your local city if you need a place for your pumpkin. Sometimes farmers in the rural areas will take them if they are animal safe.