Northeast farmers warn of Halloween pumpkin shortage after rains from Irene devastate crops

NEW YORK — Northeastern states are facing a jack-o’-lantern shortage this Halloween after Hurricane Irene destroyed hundreds of pumpkin patches across the region, farmers say. Wholesale prices have doubled in some places as farmers nurse their surviving pumpkin plants toward a late harvest. Some farmers are trying to buy pumpkins from other regions to...

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Pick of the patch

St. Anthony School kindergartner Kulia Kaufman, 5, browses through the selection of pumpkins while visiting the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pumpkin Patch on Monday. St. Anthony preschool, kindergarten and 3rd-grade pupils visited and each child was able to take home a pumpkin. The keiki had a chance to hear stories and learn about...

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The perfect place to pick a pumpkin

by Carolyn Lucas-Zenk Stephens Media Excited shrieks, laughter and the patter of little feet could be heard Sunday morning at the Kohala Mountain Farm Pumpkin Patch. Children ran through rows, often with family members or friends, in search of the perfect pumpkin. For Shaynee Akina, the hardest decision was not deciding between the perfectly...

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