PORTAGE, Mich. — Over the last two weeks, Shane Martin, manager at Doja Dispensary, has watched his front lawn quickly disappear beneath a sea of orange.
“It just got bigger and bigger,” he said. “We knew about a week in that we were over our heads a little bit with the pumpkins.”
Two weeks before the holiday, Martin revived a promotion from last year that offered customers a $20 credit at the dispensary for bringing a pumpkin. In 2020, they got about 75 gourdes. This time around, they received somewhere north of 1,000.
“We had lines out the door every day, all day, everybody carrying two pumpkins with them as they came in and bringing friends with two pumpkins,” said Martin. “Last night until about midnight we had people lined up at the door and down the sidewalk.”
The result has been a pumpkin-takeover spread out across Doja’s lawn, drawing crowds of onlookers and a slew of new customers. But it’s now left Doja with a bit of a pumpkin problem – what to do with all of them.
The solution was about 20 minutes down the road, at Chubby Goat Acres, an animal sanctuary with a lot of rescues to feed.
“I was thrilled,