Pumpkins and Squash

Fall in Michigan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the pumpkin patch or time spent enjoying a warm Michigan squash recipe. Want to know when our Michigan-grown and Michigan-made products are freshest?

Check out our downloadable fact sheet here.

Michigan Pumpkin and Squash Facts

  • Michigan produces 146 million pounds of squash with a total production value of $23.9 million
  • Michigan pumpkins generates $9.8 million from the 79 million pounds produced
  • Michigan ranks second in the nation in the production of squash
  • Michigan ranks fourth in the nation in the production of pumpkins
  • Michigan pumpkins are used for processing and jack-o-lanterns


  • Pumpkin is full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body, which is key to overall health
  • Squash is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium
  • Squash is a good source of vitamins E and B6, thiamin, niacin, folate, calcium and magnesium
  • Squash is a very good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, beta-carotene and manganese

For more information, visit the Michigan Vegetable Council.

Recipes featuring MI Pumpkins and Squash: