October is here, and it’s almost time to buy a big round pumpkin for Halloween. Whether it’s to carve or to use for pie, the orange gourd is a traditional part of celebrating the harvest season each year.
But this year, on the East Coast, Hurricane Irene brought sheets of rain that flooded fields and ended up ruining fields of pumpkins. About two weeks before the hurricane, torrential rains caused outbreaks of phytophthora fungus, a type of water mold, in many pumpkin fields.
This severe weather in New England resulted in a shortage of pumpkins this year and has caused the wholesale price for a bin of pumpkins to almost double in places like upstate New York.
Many in areas affected by the pumpkin shortage haven’t even been fortunate enough to locate pumpkins to purchase. Some people have even gone looking for pumpkins in Canada with no success. They have returned empty-handed with no pumpkin carving in their future.
But that’s not the case here in Metro Detroit.
Michigan has been blessed with a bounty of the mighty orange gourd. Pumpkins are bountiful throughout the state following a bumper crop this year.
And to make things even better, not only do you not have to worry about being unable to find a pumpkin to purchase, but you don’t need to worry about skyrocketing pumpkin prices. Due to the abundant supply of pumpkins, the price for the giant, hearty orange gourd remains roughly the same as last year.
So, prepare to carve a scary jack-o-lantern or bake a tasty pumpkin pie because pumpkins are readily available in Metro Detroit.
There’s no great pumpkin shortage here, Charlie Brown!