To me, pumpkins are the symbol of fall. I usually cannot wait to go pick out a pumpkin and spend an afternoon carving it and lighting it up outside my house for those little trick-or-treaters to come knocking on our door. And the smell of a warm pumpkin pie cooling on the stove-top is the final piece to a perfect Thanksgiving meal.
As I headed down the baking aisle of my local Hannafords, a terrfying notification was displayed in place of the section I usually grab some pumpkin pie filling. Due to the extenuating rain Maine and the rest of New England experienced this summer, the store is currently out of stock of any pumpkin products. I realized upon further investigation that Maine pumpkin farmers had a truly horrible season with most farmers losing 50 percent of their normal crop yield this year and others losing everything. The rain simply drowned the pumpkin seeds, forced the critical pollinating bees to hide in their hives and promoted fungal growth that has rotted the few pumpkins that managed to grow.
Mainers shouldn't be too concerned, however. Our capitalist system and extensive global market will provide everyone with all the pumpkins they desire. The one regret for those counting their carbon emissions is that any pumpkin you pick up in Maine is most likely not local and it will be more expensive this fall.