Tomorrow, September 18th, is the North Missouri Produce Auction’s special Mum and Pumpkin Auction. We had a look at the usual goings-on at this auction last month with photos by Don Burke. The mum and pumpkin edition happens once a year and by its name you can guess what’s sold there. Today we have a gander at what you might see if you’re in Jamesport, MO tomorrow.
Pumpkins are one of the most fascinating produce items to me for their many varieties and also by how heavily they are associated with a certain season. When you start to see pumpkins it means the crisp days of fall are here or just around the corner.
Don Burke: Mid-September brings the annual mum and pumpkin auction. It is one of the largest and most exciting auction days of the whole year.
Naturally mums and pumpkins are available on other auction days during this time of year, but this one auction is specially dedicated to these two items.
This auction is so large that the activity level is in full swing even the day before the auction. Wagons filled with mums are already arriving.
A number of forklifts, here driven by an Amish auction worker, unload pallets of pumpkins from Amish wagons and English trailers.
By mid-afternoon pallets of pumpkins already nearly fill up portions of the auction building.
Then on auction morning the incoming traffic is a sight to behold.
Larger-volume Amish growers might pay an English driver to haul loads too big to be brought in on their own wagons.
Pumpkins – large and small, plain and decorative – are almost too numerous to count.
Wholesalers from grocery stores and retail chains at times buy mums and pumpkins by the wagonloads and by pallet-sized mega-boxes.
As I recall, once the auction begins there are two auctions going on simultaneously in order to adequately process the volume of goods auctioned within the day’s time.
The mum and pumpkin auction is an exciting day at the auction. But whether it’s this special auction or one of the more routine ones throughout the auction year, whether it’s half-an-hour or half-a-day the North Missouri Produce Auction is a place everyone visiting Jamesport should spend some time checking out.
Thank you to Don, and check out more of his Amish photos on flickr.
Here’s the address for the auction if you would like to pay a visit:
North Missouri Produce Auction
32643 State Highway F
Jamesport, MO 64648
And here’s more on the North Missouri Produce Auction via the University of Missouri’s AgEBB site. You’ll find the annual auction schedule, contact numbers, and info for sellers. According to the site, all auctions start at 10 AM, except for Mondays (12 noon).