Pumpkin Shortage of 2010

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 3, 2010

Image from Dairy Free Pumpkin Pecan Bars

Well, it would seem that the Pumpkin Shortage of 2009 continues on into the holiday season of 2010.

The shelves remain empty. Still.

But I would imagine come November 1st, the canned pumpkin will start to show up again on store’s shelves…just in time for the biggest pumpkin pie fest ever! (Did you know that over 50 million pumpkin pies are baked on Thanksgiving day?!)

I can just see it now…we have all been so deprived of our canned pumpkin…I mean…it’s been 2 years now, right.  We’ve all learned our lesson and we know better this time to STOCK UP!!!  This could get really ugly…12 people vying for that last can from the holiday shipment. Oy!

Just remember to look for organic variety that may still be sitting on the shelf, perhaps in another part of your grocery store. Of course, you can make your own pumpkin puree, or use baked butternut squash in place of pumpkin puree.

And if all else fails and you are completely desperate to make some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins…you can order organic canned pumpkin puree from Amazon. But you’re going to pay a pretty penny for it!

Just promise me…no elbow throwing or cart shoving when it does show up on the shelves…m’kay?!

Update: If you’d like to know how to cook a pumpkin in your slow cooker, Toni has a great tutorial!

Are you having trouble finding canned pumpkin in your area?  Let us know “your area/store’s status”!

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Brittany September 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I wasn’t aware that there was a shortage and have been busy in the kitchen making all sorts of pumpkin based dishes. I’d love to share as they’re all absolutely fantastic…especially if you are on a gluten free or dairy free diet.


The shelves are stocked at Wegman’s here in Western NY. If you’re lucky enough to live close to one, I’d start your search there.


Julia October 15, 2010 at 12:18 am

Hi Suzzane,

I live in Lincoln too. But I did find canned pumpkin at Hy-Vee recently. Maybe give them a call to see if they still have it in stock?


April January 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I did not have any problem finding any when i picked some up back in sept.


Leigh Ann Hoffman February 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Here in Milwaukie, OR one Fred Meyer store was out and the other had only 2 cans.


Ruth Hollis February 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

Well, its February 2011 and judging by the shelves at my local Kroger store, which has no pumpkin of any kind, the shortage is still with us.


Cindy February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I thought the pumpkin shortage was over, but I still put a few extra cans on the shelf. Seems I was right…no pumpkin in the last 3 stores. What’s up with this? I’ll have few pies in my future.


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