So, I was in Wal-Mart in Spencer today, after having looked at a couple other grocery stores for pumpkins. The pumpkins are gone, at all the grocery stores around here. There was a produce guy standing there at Wal-Mart so I said, “You don’t have any pumpkins?” He said, “Halloween is over.” I said, “But what about Thanksgiving? PUMPKIN PIE?” He said, “We have canned pumpkin on a display in the middle of the aisle. Can’t you use that?”


I had to go all the way to Charleston to find pumpkins!


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  1. holstein woman says:

    Thats a bummer. I have a neighbor who has a field full and is doing nothing with them.
    Did you know they are great to rid chickens of worms.

  2. brookdale says:

    Wash, dry and save some seeds from your this year’s pumpkins, then in the spring PLANT THEM in a sunny spot and you’ll have all the pumpkins you want and more! Just keep the animals away from them.

  3. Sheila Z says:

    Most of the canned pumpkin in the store is just a variety of Butternut squash, rather than pumpkin anyway. No need to go out of your way for pumpkin, squash works just as well and if the squash is a super sweet variety you can even cut down on the sugar in the recipe. I’ve been making all things pumpkin with winter squash all my life no one has ever complained or even noticed the difference.

  4. EMarie says:

    What a ridiculous situation! Our society is too geared to just stocking for the current holidays. Pumpkin is good all of the time…and real ones are what we need; no telling what’s being stuffed in those cans. :devil2:

  5. ginakenney1 says:

    The most ridiculous thing is that all of their pumpkins are probably out in the dumpster in the back of the store. I think the policy at that store is to never mark it down, but rather toss it out.

    I am also looking for pie pumpkins. We still have farmer’s market (it moves inside an old vacant shopping center for the winter) so I’m going to try there. I would love to freeze some!

    I have tried planting them but the squash bugs at my house are like Jurassic Park. Needless to say, I never get pumpkins, squash, zucchini… So discouraging!

  6. Joell says:

    Oh My!! I hope you didnt buy all of the ones in the photo 😉
    We love pumpkin pie, I have made several the last few weeks, but I get mine from a can although– I have roasted pie pumpkins before.
    Our Vet had us feed pumpkin to our little dog because of the benefits of the pumpkin, he didnt really care for it, I am sure if it was a piece of pie, it would have been different.

  7. Cousin Mark says:

    With Global warming, polar ice caps receding,high gas prices, shortages of skilled pie makers,etc., I would devote all oven space to peperoni rolls and any other kind of pie other than pumpkin!!!!!!

    Feed pumpkins to your market hog and then EAT THE HOG!!!!!!!

  8. yvonnem says:

    Hmmm….maybe they figure people in that area grow their own? The Kroger in St. Albans has a huge box of pie pumpkins.

  9. Gardengirl1 says:

    Oh wow… I thought I was the only one having trouble finding pumpkins ! Guess I know what I will have to grow next year! I was going to can pumpkin. Now, I’m going to have to use those extra canning jars for something else.

  10. Glenda says:

    Next year plant a hill of pumpkin somewhere the goats can’t get it! You won’t believe how many pumpkins you can end up with.

  11. Patty says:

    How many did you bring home? I have about a dozen waiting on me to get them baked.

  12. Cousin Sheryl says:

    I do not share Cousin Mark’s aversion to pumpkin pie. In fact, pumpkin pie is MY favorite and I will take any donations of fresh, uneaten pie that you care to ship “over the hill” if you don’t have enough room in your refrigerator to hold the pie. Empty pie pans will be returned clean and ready for another “donation.” 😆
    As to “skilled pie makers,” HAH – see if I bake Cousin Mark anymore apple pies with that attitude!!! (insult my cooking, grrrr)


  13. razzintaz says:

    If you can’t find pumpkin, use butternut squash or banana squash. They both taste like pumpkin in pie.

    I have 10 pie pumpkins to get canned. Hope the baby cooperates… Mmm pie

  14. emmachisett says:

    What’s the difference between regular (carving) pumpkins and the “sugar pumpkins” so often recommended for pie making? I would hate to think that all those carved ones would go to waste in favor of the “little sugar pumpkins”…don’t we have enough SUGAR in our diets already?!

  15. joykenn says:

    Lovely looking pumpkins for pie and other uses. Jack-o-lantern pumpkins tend to be big and stringy and aren’t really that good for pie. Sugar pumpkins aren’t really sweet but have a thick meaty wall and makes lots of lovely pumpkin chunks for pumpkin soup, roast pumpkin, and other savory (not sweet) type recipes. I just had a delicious cup of spicy pumpkin soup at a local dinner last night. It was savory and kind of curry like and not totally blended smooth but with chunks of vegs. I would really love the recipe. Anyone got a recipe like that?

  16. rcmedici says:

    I did the pumpkin from scratch thing a couple of times. Came to the decision that it was far more trouble then it was worth once I learned that the ONLY thing in a can of Pumpkin is….PUMPKIN. It is well worth it to me to pay someone a $1.50 for a can than pay out the $4 for a pumpkin that I now have to spent several hours converting into a pie. I do everything else from scratch so I give myself a pass on this one. Robin M

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