The Great Pumpkin Blight of 2009

Today is November 9, 2010, which means Thanksgiving is only 16 days away.  It means Christian will be home from college in 14 days!  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!  I can’t wait!  I can’t wait!  I can’t wait!  I love this time of year.  I love everything about it.  I love the falling leaves.  I love the weather.  I love hot apple cider and cinnamon-scented pinecones in baskets.  I love turkeys, the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, and Pilgrims.  I especially love pumpkin. I love the look of pumpkin and the way pumpkin smells when it’s cooking.  I really, really, really love the taste of pumpkin, which is why last Thanksgiving was such a disappointment. Surely you know that I am referring to the Great Pumpkin Blight of 2009.  The disastrous pumpkin shortage proved tragic for those of us for whom a Thanksgiving feast is not complete without the reassuring taste of pumpkin pie.

Heavy rains early in the 2009-growing season left pumpkin patches in Morton, Illinois wet and mucky.  Crops were mired in fungus and full of moldy, rotting, rancid useless pumpkins. The plague began with poor harvests in 2008 leaving suppliers with depleted stockpiles of pumpkin, and therefore unprepared for the 2009 blight.  Morton Illinois, America’s Pumpkin Capital, supplies the country with more than 85% of its canned pumpkin products, so a pumpkin crisis in Morton means a national pumpkin shortage.  Everyone knows you can’t have Thanksgiving without pumpkins.  IT”S UNAMERICAN!

I used to take pumpkin for granted.  I’d stroll into the grocery store on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and grab myself six or so cans of pumpkin.  I’d buy just enough to make a pie, a couple of Mrs. Peter’s famous pumpkin breads, and soup for eight, never imagining that a day would come when my pumpkin needs would be left unfulfilled.  That’s why I bought 24 cans of pumpkin at the grocery store today.   I’m not kidding.  I’m not taking any chances.  In fact, I might even go back and pick up another dozen or so cans tomorrow.  I will not be left pumpkin-less ever again.

Today is November 9, 2010, which means Thanksgiving is only 16 days away.  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!  I can’t wait!  I can’t wait!  I can’t wait!  I love this time of year. I especially love pumpkin. I love the look of pumpkin and the way pumpkin smells when it’s cooking.  I really, really, really love the taste of pumpkin, which is why this Thanksgiving is going to be extra special.  I’ve got 24 cans of pumpkin…enough to make up for being left pumpkin-less last year.

Order is hereby restored because when it says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it on your table, table, table.  It says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label.

3 thoughts on “The Great Pumpkin Blight of 2009

  1. Don’t worry about buying pumpkin, theres plenty at all the stores – canned and fresh. Have a nice thanksgiving everyone and remember to thank god for living in the USA .

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