Is the Pumpkin Shortage of 2009 over???

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 19, 2009


It appears that the Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2009 is over!

I have spotted both generic and brand name pumpkin in my store.  And many of you are reporting that you pumpkin is on the shelves in your stores again!

Of course, you can use real pumpkins (I suggest the smaller, sweeter “pie pumpkins”) to make your own puree!  Tutorial here.

Cans or fresh…either way, it’s time to get your pumpkin ON!

Amy from Amy’s Finer Things has compiled an EXCELLENT list of pumpkin recipes from around the blogosphere…from panckes to breads to soups to cakes and desserts.  If you are looking for some new ideas and recipes to try…then head on over and start browsing!!!  I do believe the Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars will be made in my kitchen soon!

I know you’ll find something to try!

Thanks for compiling this fabulous list Amy!!!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Alea October 19, 2009 at 9:34 am

Although I have seen pumpkin in the stores, I haven’t yet found it on sale. But I started baking with fresh pumpkin weeks ago.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 19, 2009 at 11:26 am


I’m waiting for the sale to stock up too! And might pick up a pie pumpkin in the meantime!


Kimberly Reisinger October 19, 2009 at 11:55 am


There doesn’t seem to be any pumpkin shortages here in TX, so y’all can make a trip down here if you want to stock up :-) I have 7 big cans in my pantry right now.


Stacie October 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I just made a pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting over the weekend. First time I ever made frosting. Turned out great. I will have to head over to Amy’s and check out the list she has compiled.


@MandieD79 October 19, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I found canned pumpkin today in a bigger discount store. I forgot to look at my small grocery store (central Oklahoma,) but lately if they have had any pumpkin at all it’s just been a FEW cans of Libby’s pumpkin pie filling. The store brand was .85¢. I think Libby’s was $1.19 for the small cans. Those are of course their everyday prices. I’m just glad I have had found some finally. Pumpkin bread here I come!


Amy B October 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

ugh i’m grocery store still doesnt have any..not one can of puree or the pumpkin pie i basically just used a butternut squash that i had on hand to make some “pumpkin” turned out great..not sure how that would translate into a pie though.


Linda October 19, 2009 at 9:18 pm

We have plenty-o-pumpkin here in Central Indiana.

I wonder why we’re so well stocked here? Local produce? Though I’m not sure who the state players are in pumpkin farming.

I’ve made 6 loaves of pumpkin bread this weekend, and the kids are begging for pumpkin cookies.


carol November 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

That pumpkin shortage was all just a hoax to get you all out and buying!


Cheryl February 28, 2010 at 12:43 am

No, it isn’t a hoax. Today is February 27, 2010 and I checked at my local large grocery store and they had no canned pumpkin at all. When I asked the manager about it, he said they haven’t had it for several months. They are unable to get any in store. So…..


David L March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Haven’t found any canned pumpkin in Arlington, TX for months. Shortage is real here.


aj March 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

@David L,
I have been unable to find a can of pumpkin in any of our local grocery stores in Albany, GA since Thanksgiving. Today is March 19, 2010!


Irene M Redondo March 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

It’s March 22, 2010…I still haven’t been able to find canned pumpkin since the holidays! I need pumpkin!!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 23, 2010 at 7:44 am

@Irene M Redondo,

I know…my store is out again as well…I need it too!


Nellie March 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom,
Its now march 31st 2010 and still no pumpkin!!! Palm Springs, California


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 31, 2010 at 7:33 pm


Yeah…we still don’t have it here! Crazy!!!!!!!!


Diana April 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

It is mid April and I just went looking for canned pumpkin. Both local grocery stores said they haven’t had canned pumpkin in months! I went to a specialty store looking for organic and that shelf was bare, too. So, the shortage isn’t over yet…at least in Richmond, Virginia.


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