Pumpkin Shortage to Ruin Halloween

Categories: Food News
Photo by Bob Pelletier
Cream of the crop 2011.
Hurricane Irene grazed past the Northeast this past August completely missing Miami, thankfully. (We are glad NY and the other Northeastern states have recovered.)

Irene did, however, manage to destroy a multitude of pumpkin farms all across the East, which means we might be looking at a jack-o-lantern free Halloween this year.

We heard from NPR, that farmers everywhere are doubling their prices on their limited stock and babying what little they have left. The relentless rain for weeks on end prior to the storm also severely damaged their crops. The farmers are wringing their fingers on this years harvest, which is usually their life blood for the year.

This fall, we could possibly be looking at a $15 price tag on pumpkins at grocery stores. Our advice is simple and direct: Buy your pumpkins early. That goes for canned too.

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Dang it! I could of made good money this year if the hail have not of come and mess up my pumpkin vines! Of course I'd have to charge less than $15 or nothing would sell.

Anaïs Alexandre
Anaïs Alexandre

:) You know it! Pumpkins might get more expensive but the kiddies can get creative and make other veggie-lanterns instead. 

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