Skip to comments.Northeast farmers warn of Irene pumpkin shortage
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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Shouldn’t be a problem. There is always a massive waste around here.
I'd be more worried about the shortage of pumpkin pie.
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.
Use potatoes instead. That’s what they do in Idaho.
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?
You left out the nutmeg.
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!
I think I read somewhere that the original european jack o'lantern was turnip. I couldn't make something like that up.
Exactly!Even without the vegetable
— A down home Chess Pie will do the trick:
Original Recipe Yield 8 servings
1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
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.
Blow up a balloon and put the paper mache over the balloon. Helps keep the shape until the glue dries.
I’m more concerned about the upcoming Texas Beef shortage. After all, Beef actually tastes good.
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.
According to Alton Brown, butternut squash makes for a better pie than pumpkin.
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.
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.
I carved a Jack-O-Apple one year.
Think about halloween pumpkins a bit....99% of them wind up in the garbage anyways...
Test your dexterity and carve a Jack-o-Radish this year...
LMAO - good one
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.
Like Yahoo news.
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.