Pumpkin Shortage of 2011 Hits the Northeast

by in News, October 8th, 2011

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If you haven’t seen the usual mounds of pumpkins lined up in fields or canned pumpkin stocked to the ceiling at your local supermarket, it’s because there’s a pumpkin shortage in the Northeast. Due to heavy rains and the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Irene, many farmers say they’ve lost thousands of pumpkins, some their entire crop.

“Wholesale prices have doubled in some places as farmers nurse their surviving pumpkin plants toward a late harvest. Some farmers are trying to buy pumpkins from other regions to cover orders,” said The Associated Press.

Due to the difficult season, Food Network Kitchens stocked up early. “We heard that the pumpkin crop may be scarce due to the weather this year, so we (purchasing team) went to the farmers’ markets early in the season to buy a plethora of sugar pumpkins for a piece we are working on for Food Network Magazine,” said Jacob Schiffman.

If you come across pumpkins, don’t hesitate to pick them up. It’s easy to make pumpkin puree and it freezes well. And if you’re lucky enough to get a hold of a canned pumpkin, check out Food Network’s 5 Best Recipes for Pumpkin Cheesecake.

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Comments (16)

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  2. Hairy Pets says:

    wow that makes alot of scents
    I wish I would have stopped in a small town called Skull Valley, az. and road side local had a bunch to sale.. Maybe not to late next weekend… Also I had to laugh at a very large pumpkin forsale at our local grocery store for $69.99 now what in the world would I do with that.? Hairy Pets Wash and Groom .

  3. Andrew says:

    Except down here in georgia, we have canned pumpkin left from last year in stores down here. They had it marked down 50% for awhile in fact.

  4. Christina van zant says:

    "Right now I am cooking a pumpkin in water to boil it down and I am going to make a pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin pie and cupcakes and I grew the pumpkins in my back yard. "

  5. jeri says:

    I agree withChristina; save your pumpkin seeds and plant them, then tou don't have to worry about a shortage!

  6. Kim says:

    Meh… I'm in western NY and no pumpkin shortage here. Lots of pumpkins for sale on the side of the road and canned pumpkin is on sale in supermarkets this week.

  7. Allen says:

    maybe food network should focus on pumpkin alternate recipes this year

  8. sandyr says:

    last year's pumpkin marked down? that's pretty gross Andrew.

  9. Pumpkin Head says:

    Rose Orchards in Ct. has tons of pumpkins !The price is the same .49 per pound as the last 4 years.

  10. cynthea says:

    There is a HUGE corner display of canned pumpkin at Costco – buy 3 cans at a time. My daughter and I both still have some from last year's scare. I am beginning to wonder if this is to prompt people to buy more? Very strange. I heard of shortage last year? or year before? but it never materialized.

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