The Great Northeast Pumpkin Shortage!

Due to Hurricane Irene which destroyed hundreds of pumpkin patches across the Northeast, there’s going be less Jack-O-Lanterns lighting up our front doors this Halloween. Ohh booooo!

Wholesale prices have double in some places, rising to $150 to $200 a bin.

Pray Family Farms in Upstate New York is just one of the many pumpkin growers in the region that saw their entire crop of about 15,000 to 20,000 pumpkins wash into Lake Champlain. That’s a lot of pumpkins to bob for! Let’s hope the effects of this pumpkin shortage doesn’t trickle down and lead us into the pumpkin pie famine this holiday season.


By Lucia Phan

Lucia Phan has a Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Food & City Culture and Environmental Economics. She is the founder of Banana Slug Edibles, where she bakes specialty cakes and cupcakes for patients in Orange County & Los Angeles. In her free time she likes to collect recipes and will forever be searching for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe known to man.

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