I recently found a recipe for a "Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake"
that I thought sounded like a delicious, quick dessert
and wanted to try it for our Sunday dinner.
Imagine my surprise as I walked up & down the aisles at my local grocery,
and found not one can of pumpkin in sight!
Hmmm....I tried to decide if it is considered a fruit or vegetable-
went back & forth between the aisles
& still no pumpkin!
The head checker must have been watching me as she asked if she could help.
She stated that there was no pumpkin anywhere in the store
due to "The Great Pumpkin Shortage" of '09!
Not wanting to believer her, I made a quick dash through our local Walmart,
only to find their shelves "pumpkin-less" also.
Who would have thought one bad crop would wipe us out?
I vaguely remember reading reports in the newspaper last fall
that the pumpkin crop had bit the dust.
Or was it mud?
Thinking back, I do remember going on a field trip with Carter
& seeing rotting pumpkins in the field,
& we had to hunt & pick to even find a decent pumpkin to take home!
Do you have any canned pumpkin in your grocery stores?
I'm hearing good reports for this years harvest,
have seen quite a few of the orange beauties at some of the Farmer's Markets,
so I think we may be in luck---for next year!
Meanwhile...if we want a pumpkin pie,
we may have to do it the old fashioned way
& bake the pumpkin ourselves.
Nah...I think I can wait a little longer.
Now to go see how the persimmon harvest is.
We can't survive without our persimmon pudding this time of year!