A Halloween pumpkin shortage?

It could be bad news if you wait too long this year to get your pumpkins for Halloween. An out of the ordinary wet Summer in the NorthEast combined to Hurricane Irene in late August have compromised the growth of pumpkins this year in many farms.

Because of the seasonality and high demand for it, the price of pumpkins this year will sky-rocketed:

> The wholesale price for a bin of 32 to 45 pumpkins ranged from $150 to $200 in upstate New York, about twice the normal price, Pray said. It was still unclear how the shortage would affect retail prices, he said, but in a normal year, each pumpkin could sell for up to $15 at a supermarket in a big city like New York.

>“Just get your pumpkins early, that’s all I can say,” he said. “It’s going to be a difficult season.”


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