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Northeast farmers warn of Irene pumpkin shortage
Yahoo ^ | 9/17/11 | Chris Hawley - AP

Posted on 09/17/2011 5:07:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK (AP) — Northeastern states are facing a jack-o'-lantern shortage this Halloween after Hurricane Irene destroyed hundreds of pumpkin patches across the region, farmers say.

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.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Chit/Chat; Local News; Weather
KEYWORDS: farmers; irene; pumpkin; shortage

1 posted on 09/17/2011 5:07:58 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Shouldn’t be a problem. There is always a massive waste around here.


2 posted on 09/17/2011 5:10:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: NormsRevenge
They're worried about a shortage of jack'o'lanterns? Really?

I'd be more worried about the shortage of pumpkin pie.

3 posted on 09/17/2011 5:12:57 PM PDT by Mr. Impatient (Have you ever been so far even as decided to use go want to look more like?)
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To: NormsRevenge

About ten years ago here in Connectcut, there was a flood that washed away a number of pumpkin patches a little later in the year.

My brother, who could never resist getting something for nothing, was pulling pumpkins out of the Farmington River as they floated downstream.


4 posted on 09/17/2011 5:14:26 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: NormsRevenge

Use potatoes instead. That’s what they do in Idaho.


5 posted on 09/17/2011 5:15:20 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Mr. Impatient

I’m sure pretty much any vegetable like squash, turnip, parsnip, carrot would substitute? Pumpkin pie is all about the sugar and cinnamon. The underlying vegetable is essentially a bulking agent! Am I right?


6 posted on 09/17/2011 5:15:44 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

You left out the nutmeg.


7 posted on 09/17/2011 5:18:04 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: blueunicorn6

Save up old newspapers. Make paper mache (or however you spell it). Get some orange paint. Voila! Jack-o-Lanterns.

More fun for the kids!


8 posted on 09/17/2011 5:21:43 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah: Fencesitters get splinters (you know where)!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
I’m sure pretty much any vegetable like squash, turnip, parsnip, carrot would substitute?

I think I read somewhere that the original european jack o'lantern was turnip. I couldn't make something like that up.

9 posted on 09/17/2011 5:26:33 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Exactly!Even without the vegetable
— A down home Chess Pie will do the trick:

Original Recipe Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

Directions

1.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

2.In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in the eggs, then stir in the cornmeal, evaporated milk and vinegar until smooth.

3.Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 40 minutes. Let cool. Cut and top servings with whipped cream. You will think you have died and gone to heaven.


10 posted on 09/17/2011 5:26:42 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah: Fencesitters get splinters (you know where)!)
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To: Palladin

Blow up a balloon and put the paper mache over the balloon. Helps keep the shape until the glue dries.


11 posted on 09/17/2011 5:29:21 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m more concerned about the upcoming Texas Beef shortage. After all, Beef actually tastes good.


12 posted on 09/17/2011 5:32:08 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Most of the pumpkin pie fillings that are bought in a can at the grocery store are not made of pumpkin, but squash like butternut and such.


13 posted on 09/17/2011 5:34:18 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

According to Alton Brown, butternut squash makes for a better pie than pumpkin.


14 posted on 09/17/2011 5:43:47 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: NormsRevenge

Bummer, it is so much fun to pick your own pumpkin. However, there are many fine artificialm ones at the craft store. I bet there will be a general shortage of pumpikins for pies as well. Double bummer.


15 posted on 09/17/2011 5:49:48 PM PDT by tob2 (Chihuahua mama)
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To: Palladin

Tried that. Cousin Bobby ate all the paste, threw up and had to go to the hospital. Glued his guts together. He couldn’t go to the bathroom for a month. When he finally did, it was the headline in the local paper. I think they called out the national guard.


16 posted on 09/17/2011 5:51:37 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: NormsRevenge

I carved a Jack-O-Apple one year.


17 posted on 09/17/2011 5:59:46 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Think about halloween pumpkins a bit....99% of them wind up in the garbage anyways...


18 posted on 09/17/2011 6:14:08 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: cyclotic

Test your dexterity and carve a Jack-o-Radish this year...


19 posted on 09/17/2011 6:15:51 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: mrs. a

LMAO - good one


20 posted on 09/17/2011 6:22:58 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: NormsRevenge

The “pumpkin shortage” story is becoming a yearly thing. I begin to think this is nothing more than some boiler plate story newspapers print every year out of simple laziness. That, and there being no real news for them to unearth; I mean other than Fast and Furious, the Solyndra scandal, and other such topics that would involve actual work on the part of actual newspapermen. There being no newspapermen, but only publicists and propagandists for the current regime, this is the sort of story we get. Pumpkins.


21 posted on 09/17/2011 6:29:16 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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That, and there being no real news for them to unearth; I mean other than Fast and Furious, the Solyndra scandal, and other such topics that would involve actual work on the part of actual newspapermen. There being no newspapermen, but only publicists and propagandists for the current regime, this is the sort of story we get. Pumpkins.

Like Yahoo news.

22 posted on 09/17/2011 6:37:15 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Mr. Impatient

23 posted on 09/17/2011 6:57:29 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: 6SJ7

Look in Nov. for Nestle[Libbys] to say they might run out of canned pumpkin pie. It appears to happen every year as of late.


24 posted on 09/17/2011 7:01:46 PM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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