If you're up to your gourd in pumpkin pies, toasted seeds and jagged-toothed Jack-o-lanterns, this weekend offers an opportunity for pumpkin reprieve. Bring down your superfluous squash, spare straw bales and extraneous corn stalks to the old Hillside Nursery on Hill Road. Organized by organic lawncare company Sustainable Growth Boise, the Pumpkin Sale and Harvest Party will benefit the Abundance Project--a local nonprofit organization that collects excess garden produce and donates it to refugee families and other people in need.
"Most of the pumpkins that we're getting are donated from people in the community who have more than they need, which is sort of the purpose of the Abundance Project," said Lindsey Lockwood, landscape adviser for Sustainable Growth Boise. "We're using those donated pumpkins to sell, and then those proceeds from that sale will go to the organization, the Abundance Project."
You can get your gargantuan gourds Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. On Sunday afternoon from 3-7 p.m., they're ratcheting it up a notch with a harvest party, featuring hot cider, local foods from Jenny's Lunch Line and Morning Owl Farms, and live music by tireless songsmith Thomas Paul.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Harvest Party Sunday, Oct. 18, 3-7 p.m. FREE, old Hillside Nursery, 2350 Hill Road. For more information or to donate pumpkins, contact Sustainable Growth Boise at 208-389-4769.