For the first time in years, the weather has cooperated with pumpkin farmers in the North and the West, and this year’s pumpkin crop is looking like an especially nice one.
“This year, they’re plentiful,” said Roz O’Hearn, spokeswoman for Libby’s, a division of Nestle that’s the largest producer of canned pumpkin pie mix. Their production centers around one small area in Ohio, and weather there has been good. A standard 15-ounce can of 100 percent pumpkin will come with a suggested price of $2.19 this year, she said. That’s about a dime higher than last year.
On the pumpkin carving side, David Hunsader just took delivery of about 14,000 carving pumpkins for his farm’s annual pumpkin festival. “The ones coming from up north are really nice this year,” Hunsader said.