Have you checked the grocery stores for canned pumpkin lately? You won't find it here in Lubbock, Texas. Apparently last years pumpkin shortage is now affecting this year.
When I heard pumpkin was going to be scarce last year, I stocked up on some extra cans. Just a few days ago I used my last stockpiled can. When I discovered there was no pumpkin to be found this year, I panicked :). I expect to have pumpkin starting in September to make pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin cookies, not to mention pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Pumpkin is a must have for my fall desserts. My brother-in-law, who works as a manager at a local grocery store here told me that his stores may not even get any pumpkin in before the holidays! He said they might, but he couldn't be sure.
Now I know that there are those of you who would say, "why don't you just make your own canned pumpkin?" I have heard it isn't THAT hard to do. But I am just not ready to put forth that kind of effort - yet. So I searched for canned pumpkin on Amazon.com, and found that Libby's brand pumpkin was being sold by a company with a price tag of...get ready for it...$90 for 12 cans!!! Can you imagine paying that much? I was shocked. Then I managed to find an organic brand of canned pumpkin which was being sold by Amazon for $26.62 for 12 cans. I was more willing to pay that price, especially since it ships for free. My mom and I decided to split the cost of 12 cans. I am already worried that 6 cans won't be enough to get me through the season ;).
If you are a pumpkin lover like me and your grocery store is just not deliverin' the goods, you may want to consider ordering online. You could always go in with a friend and split the cost. I just feel it is my duty to make everyone aware that the traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving may not be a reality this year unless you take more drastic measures :). If you are interested in ordering the organic pumpkin you can do so HERE.
Happy pumpkin season!