Potential Canned Pumpkin Shortage Threatens Thanksgiving

It might be hard to make pumpkin pie this year. “Soggy fields” and “fungus,” the perennial banes of the pumpkin farmer, have left tons of pumpkins rotting in the field and created the very real possibility that there may be a shortage of canned pumpkin this season.

The problem is worse because 2008 was also a bad pumpkin harvest, which means there is little backstock to rely on.

We call upon Obama to release the Strategic Pumpkin Reserves.

If you can’t get any canned pumpkin, you can also go to your farmer’s market and buy some butternut squash. Roast it in the oven and use just like the good ol’ canned stuff.

Libby’s Warns of a Canned Pumpkin Shortage [The New York Times] (Photo: Sister72)

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