A pumpkin grower admitted that the interest in Halloween pumpkins is so great that he has more orders than he can grow vegetables. However, it is a bit like with carp: the demand lasts only for a dozen or so days a year.
A few years ago, Poles became fond of pumpkins. Pumpkin soups, pumpkin cakes and muffins, pumpkin jams appear on our tables… More and more people, mainly children, but not only, celebrate Halloween – and it is known that the most classic decoration for this occasion is a hollowed-out pumpkin, such as We have associated it with American TV series for years.
Pumpkin prices in Biedronka, Lidl and Netto
How much do we have to pay for them this year? This was checked by the Sady i Ogrody website. Pumpkin prices in Biedronka start from PLN 1.49/kg. Butternut squash in this chain is slightly more expensive – PLN 6.99/kg. Hokkaido pumpkin costs PLN 4.99/kg. Culinary pumpkin can be purchased for PLN 5.99/kg. In Lidl, butternut squash costs PLN 3.99/kg, and Hokkaido – PLN 3.49/kg. For decorative pumpkins we will pay PLN 5.49/kg. As part of the promotion, Netto sells Halloween pumpkins for PLN 1.99/kg.
The market is short but huge
The website also talked to Artur Molak, owner of the Molak Pumpkin pumpkin plantation, who admitted that due to the growing popularity of decorative and Halloween pumpkins, he gave up growing edible pumpkins in favor of them.
– The interest in Halloween pumpkins is so great that I could easily sell more than I can buy. But it is a demanding market, just like the market for decorative pumpkins. To find it and attach it properly, you need to have your own packaging, for example, and this is a big expense; my 120 kg boxes required, for example, the production of individual pallets – he admitted.
However, this market is very specific: Halloween pumpkin sales last only 3 weeks a year: it starts on September 25 and ends around October 15. – During this time, it all needs to be exported, so you need cars, drivers, and all sales logistics. This, of course, also requires having contacts, clients, etc. – he added.