It’s that time of the year again – pumpkin pies, squash bisque and roasted fall vegetables are gracing our tables… Only this year, the pumpkins are sparce.
According to Joseph Meyer of Meyer Harvest Patch in Western New York, “the summer drought and scorching heat wiped out most of the crop, leaving fields quite sparse and forcing us to buy pumpkins from out of state – and even then, they are few and far between with a high price tag!”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates pumpkins to be a $100 million-a-year industry. Which is down for the second consecutive year – global warming anyone?
I noticed plenty of squash at the Dupont Farmer’s Market this weekend, but few pumpkins. So, if you have to have those pumpkins for your pie (and canned are just not the same), or you have a five year-old getting excited for the carving – you better get on it as prices are rising and the supply is diminishing!