MARIETTA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Winter weather is in the air and that means pumpkin picking season is wrapping up. But for Tim’s Pumpkin Patch in Marietta, they’re not letting unsold merchandise go to waste.
Those involved in the family-run business coming up with a way to repurpose those pumpkins a few years ago. They have another business outside of the 65 acres of pumpkin, a dairy farm, and this was a solution to mix the two.
“We put them on a truck and we took them up to the farm and we dumped them there and we just happened to break some open and we threw some in the feed and we noticed the cows love them,” said Tim Leubner, Owner of Tim’s Pumpkin Patch and Maple Lane Partnership.
Once the season is over, the Leubners start to chop the pumpkins up and give them to the cows and other livestock. But it’s not just a treat for them, it also helps with milk production.
“It’s really high in protein and carbohydrates so the milk production actually increases because there’s more protein. So happier cows and then we’re happier because we have more milk being produced from them,” said Claudia Leubner, Manager of Maple Lane Partnership and Tim’s Pumpkin Patch.
A type of resourcefulness seen in many farmers, especially heading into the winter, when food isn’t as easy to come by.
“Right now, there’s a lot of pressure to get all the feed off from their fields and get that in storage, and that’s a really busy time for them to store all for the winter time where they’ll be feeding that out all winter,” said Hailey Pipher, Industry Relations Specialist with the Northeast American Dairy Association.
For now, they don’t mind snacking on some leftovers. “Maybe because it’s something new in their feed and they eat the same thing all year round,” Claudia said.
Tim’s Pumpkin Patch donates most of the pumpkins to churches, schools, and other organizations before bringing them over to the dairy farm.