Q:

How many pumpkins are sold each year?

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According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, nearly 12.4 million cwt, or hundredweight, of pumpkins were harvested in the United States in 2012. Most were sold for processing, though a small amount were sold in local markets and pick-your-own farms, bringing the estimated value of the market to $148.9 million.

The average farm price for pumpkins in 2012 was $12 per hundred pounds. According to the University of Illinois, 90 percent of harvested pumpkins in the United States come from within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois. Pumpkins are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes squash, watermelons, gourds and cucumbers.

Sources:

  1. agmrc.org

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