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Northeast farmers warn of Irene pumpkin shortage

Post  Betep on Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:32 am

Northeast farmers warn of Irene pumpkin shortage
By Associated Press
Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Added 22 hours ago

NEW YORK — Northeastern states are facing a jack-o’-lantern shortage this Halloween after Hurricane Irene destroyed hundreds of pumpkin patches across the region, farmers say.

Wholesale prices have doubled in some places as farmers nurse their surviving pumpkin plants toward a late harvest. Some farmers are trying to buy pumpkins from other regions to cover orders.

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