Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Panic

Have you heard the news? If you haven't already hooked up with a source for Libby's canned pumpkin, you may be out of luck for that holiday pie.

The company hasn't been able to get its equipment into the fields to harvest pumpkins because of heavy rains and soggy ground. What's out there is rotting on the vine. So what they've already packed this year is all there will be until the 2010 crop. That familiar tan can is already getting scarce.

Now, at our house there are only three absolute must-haves for Thanksgiving: turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. And the only acceptable pumpkin for said pie is Libby's. So when I read Friday night about impending shortages, I knew I had to act fast.

I hit Walmart Saturday morning before dawn and made straight for the precious pumpkin. I scooped up four single cans: two for Thanksgiving, one for Christmas, and one for next fall, just in case. There was plenty left for everybody else, and I began to wonder if this wasn't a clever ploy by Libby's marketing department. I set off to round up the rest of the stuff for the big feast, feeling relieved but silly.

By the time I got back to the baking isle, though, there was only one big can of pumpkin left. I tossed a box of Rice Chex over my stash and made for the checkout.

A better woman probably would have put a can or two back on the shelf. On the other hand, a more cynical woman would have bought it all and sold it on eBay.

8 comments:

Sandcastle Momma said...

I had didn't know that was happening. I'm going shopping tomorrow and hope I find some!
I wouldn't have put any back either LOL

lisaschaos said...

LOL! I've heard this, I haven't bought ours yet, lol. I better hope there was a better woman shopping before me. :) lol

Daryl said...

I bet if we check someone will be selling one or three on eBay .. now I wanna piece of pie!

Sallyacious said...

Suddenly I feel relieved that I have never liked pumpkin pie. I'm surprised Libby isn't trying some alternatives. Like selling you-pick options so people can collect their own from the fields. Then at least it wouldn't be a total loss.

MyMaracas said...

Here's hoping everyone who wanted one got a slice of pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving! And Sally - that would have been a nice idea, wouldn't it. I hate to think of all that food spoiling.

Rambling Woods said...

I did hear that..isn't that strange.. LOL on selling on E-Bay

MyMaracas said...

Michelle, I meant it as a joke but people are actually selling Libby's canned pumpkin on eBay. $3.50 a can.

Chris said...

Just like the great "Eggo shortage of 2010".