Last October, I wrote (more than some of you probably would have liked) about the pumpkin shortage here in RI. I referred to it as a “crisis” and while it may not really be as serious as that in the grand scheme of things, pumpkins are icons of fall, whether they are carved or used as decorations, or, best of all in my opinion, eaten. It is the simple pleasures of the seasons that we gardeners love, after all – simple pleasures like pumpkins.
I thought we had come through the 2010 shortage and emerged in the light of plentiful supplies for 2011. But sadly, that is not the case, so here I sit, writing about this YET AGAIN!!!
Libby’s, which sells the most canned pumpkin, blamed the 2010 shortage on too much rain. So guess what? The same thing’s happening again, only now producers from the mid west all the way to Canada are blaming flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, oh, and a nasty fungus, too. One Vermont grower said he saw 15,000-20,000 of his pumpkins wash into Lake Champlain! The flooding from Irene was horrendous there. If you would like to read more grisly details click here.
Before I move on to other things, I do have a couple of questions: wouldn’t you think that large commercial producers would have the sense to distribute their crops over different areas to avoid having everything ruined by bad weather in one place? And what is happening to my favorite canned pumpkin, “One Pie?” Once again this year – and it’s only September – the shelves are completely devoid of this wonderful product. The company has no website, no mailing address that I can find and I can’t find a phone number either, so I can’t contact them and ask what’s going on.
I used one can from my small stash last weekend, when my husband pleaded for a pumpkin pie. Now I think I’m probably down to about 4 cans. He owes me big time.
If you see One Pie pumpkin anywhere, please let me know.