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Local Farmers Warn Of Possible Pumpkin Shortage This Halloween

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – States in the northeast are facing a pumpkin shortage after Hurricane Irene destroyed hundreds of pumpkin patches in the region.

The shortage could mean fewer jack-o-lanterns this Halloween. Eleanor Gunser works for Active Acres Farm on Highland Road in Bucks County where they plant about 25 acres of pumpkins each year.

Gunser says a really hot summer, followed by flooding, has caused major problems for this year’s harvest.

“We don’t see the number of pumpkins out there that we should have. Not nearly.”

Gunser says the flood waters may have already damaged a large portion of their crop.

“The vines can get moldy and if the pumpkins were sitting in water, you don’t know what the bottoms look like.”

She says her farm may need to buy the pumpkins they need from other farmers.

“The price is going to be inflated this year because there is such a shortage.”

Reported By Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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  • Michele

    Do some research. Why is there another shortage for pumpkins. this is the third year in the row that Pumpkins have been put on the ” High Demand Short Supply List” Just in time for the Holidays. Cans of Libbys Pumpkin were being auctioned off of Ebay for appprox 6.00 per can last year. We’ve had shortages 2009, 2010 and now 2011. I couldnt find any salted pumpkin seeds or Sweetzels last year.

  • GarySellersville

    This is just so much more BS. It’s amazing how “shortages” never produce “shortages”. They just produce higher prices. An expert (I) predict that the price of pumpkins will rise drasticly and SHAZAM” we’ll see an overflow of pumpklins. No one will go without a pumpkin.

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