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.READ MORE: Hundreds Gather In Haddonfield For First Major Rollout Of Fourth Of July Fireworks Since Pandemic
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.READ MORE: Wheeler, Hoskins, Realmuto Lift Phillies Over Cardinals 4-0
“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.”MORE NEWS: Woman Had Several Valuable Items Stolen While Helping Stranger In West Deptford, Police Say
Reported By Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio