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Pumpkin Rescue 2019

Despite being healthy and nutritious, only about one-fifth of the pumpkins we grow each fall end up being eaten. But pumpkins have a life after Halloween! Don't waste them, turn them into something useful without adding to the waste stream. The Department of Public Works’ Food Waste Drop-off Program is teaming up with local food charities and organizations to recover leftover pumpkins and for food and composting.  Saturdays, November 2nd through November 16th and Sundays November 3rd through November 17th, residents can bring their leftover pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns to participating farmers markets throughout the District. Together, we can reduce food waste and help create a greener future for our city!

The following Food Waste Drop Off Locations accepting Pumpkins starting Saturday, November 2nd:

Ward Farmers' Market Address Drop-Off Times
1 Columbia Heights Farmers' Market 14th and Kenyon Streets, NW 9am-1pm
2 Glover Park Burlieth Farmers' Market 34th and Wisconsin Ave., NW 9am-1pm
3 UDC Farmers' Market 4340 Connecticut Ave., NW 9am-1pm
4 Uptown Farmers Market 14th and Kennedy Street NW 9am-1pm
5 Brookland Farmers' Market 716 Monroe Street, NW 9am-1pm
6 Eastern Market (in front of Rumsey Pool) 635 North Carolina Avenue, SE 9am-1pm
7 Minnesota Ave Farmers' Market 3701 Hayes Street, NE 9am-1pm
8 The ArcFarms* 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE 11am-2pm







*The ArcFarms will close on November 9th .  Ward 8 residents can continue to drop off pumkins and jack-o-lanterns on November 16th at the Ward 8 Farmers Market (3200 6th Street, SE)

The following Food Waste Drop Off Locations accepting Pumpkins starting Sunday, November 3rd:

Ward Farmers' Market Address Drop-Off Times
2 Dupont Circle Farmers' Market 1500 20th Street, NW 8:30am-1:30pm

What Happens to the Pumpkins?

Un-carved and un-painted pumpkins (and squash) will be donated to partners such as Miriam’s Kitchen and Martha’s Table, who will turn them into food for their clients.

Carved pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns will be composted or fed to animals on local farms. Simply remove any candles or wax, cut them up, and place the pieces in a paper bag.

Partner Organizations:

  • Compost Cab
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • Food Rescue US
  • FoodPrints (Freshfarm)
  • Groff's Content Farm
  • Martha's Table
  • Miriam's Kitchen
  • Real Food Farm
  • Soupergirl