Despite the drought, there seems to be no shortage of pumpkins this season.
“Most of the major producing states for pumpkins were not in that prime drought area,” said Suzanne Thornsbury, an analyst at the USDA, in an interview provided by the agency.
Getting a jump on seasonal marketing likely has nothing to do with the early appearance that pumpkins had in stores this year, said Thornsbury.
“Pumpkins, like a lot of other vegetables, had a kind of warm winter, warm spring,” said Thornsbury. “All the crops were moved up a little this year and pumpkins are the same, so a lot of pumpkins hit the market early this year, but there are still plenty to take us through the holidays.”
The cost of pumpkins is about four to five percent higher this year, according to the USDA.