Alert! Alert! Central Florida and other parts of the US affected by massive pumpkin shortage as we near Thanksgiving.
To illustrate the ripples this shortage has created in the reality of holiday bakers, let me set a scene for you. Picture me with armfuls of groceries at the Winter Park Village Publix searching the fresh produce, baking products, and canned fruits aisles frantically with darting eyes, hair piled atop my head flopping in cadence with my stomping, stern gate, and gaped mouth stunned that I can not find nary one can of Libby Pumpkin Puree. In a full tizzy, I yank on the sleeve of a lovely produce re-stocker (not my proudest moment) begging him to fill me in on the pumpkin situation. Gently he tells me of a massive freeze in the Midwest depleting the fall harvests. Freeze in the Midwest? I have heard of no such thing, but perhaps my abrasive approach encouraged the young man to do anything to get the crazy baking lady away from him as soon as humanly possible including falsifying a weather emergency.
After seeking out more pumpkin puree in more Publix establishments and other area markets, I settled for the one carton of pumpkin pie mix I could find and stretched it for two desserts, mocha pumpkin brownies and raspberry walnut streusel pumpkin bread. Yet, due to the pumpkin shortage I am not planning on any additional pumpkin dishes for the up-and-coming Thanksgiving holiday. If this has happened to me, than it is most certain all Orlando area bakers are feeling the pinch of the Fall 2009 Pumpkin Shortage Fallout.
How in tarnation did this shortage come to be? To find out the answer to this pumpkin mystery please read on in my examiner.com/orlando article: http://ww.examiner.com/x-14532-Orlando-Food-Examiner~y2009m11d19-Puree-pumpkin-shortage-problem-or-prospect