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September 20, 2011

Northeast US Pumpkin Shortage Likely Due to Hurricane Irene

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We continue to feel the effect of Hurricane Irene. Turns out the storm has added insult to injury and put a dent in the fall pumpkin crop in the northeast US. Smashing Rain Records Smashing Pumpkins | AccuWeather quotes expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski: "The area from eastern and central Pennsylvania and northern Delaware northward to Vermont and New Hampshire has received between 1 and 2 feet of rain since Aug. 1."

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Reports are out that whole pumpkin patches have washed away, and those remaining are rotting. Wholesale prices have doubled. Luckily, it's not yet a total loss in the Northeast, and the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and California also grow and supply pumpkins for Halloween. If all else fails, decorative pumpkins are fun too.

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