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Are pumpkins extra expensive this year or is it just me?

  1. ChristinS profile image96
    ChristinSposted 4 years ago

    There were many very small pumpkins at the market today and they were asking $5.00 for them.  It seems to me most years, we get the larger ones for around that price.  We usually do half a dozen or so of the larger ones and then roast the seeds etc. I will probably be doing less this year. 

    It was cold and wet most of the summer - maybe that has something to do with it?

  2. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    I'm sure the rainy weather had a lot to do with the harvest and price in certain areas of the country. 
    I noticed that also.  They may be cheaper at farmers markets or pumpkin patches. We like to scoop out the inside and use the seeds for projects/roasting.  I think next year we're going to plant our own and see what happens. 

    I'm using fall flowers this year for decorating with a few smaller pumpkins.

    1. ChristinS profile image96
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds really pretty. smile

  3. WryLilt profile image91
    WryLiltposted 4 years ago

    Halloween has only recently come to Australia - due to shops suddenly deciding to sell all that stuff.

    Ours has a big lot of pumpkin marked as Halloween pumpkins for double the price. Pfffft

    1. JG11Bravo profile image85
      JG11Bravoposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Marketting. Gotta love it.

    2. ChristinS profile image96
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah I can see that.  That kind of marketing is used for everything here.  They start pushing the Christmas stuff in July and August here in some places - frustrating.

  4. Anna Marie Bowman profile image92
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 4 years ago

    Maybe it's because they grow like crazy down here, but I got a nice big one at the grocery store for $3.00. At the pumpkin farms, they are about $25. I don't get that...

    1. ChristinS profile image96
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I may check some of the pumpkin farms in the area, I heard they can be pretty pricey - but so are the markets, at least at the pumpkin farm the kids can go have some fun.

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    Beth37posted 4 years ago

    Depends on the store. The big ones are all around $7-8 right now, but there are some stores selling all size pumpkins (excluding specialized like cinderella and white) for $5.

    1. ChristinS profile image96
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I need to look around some more then - I think a white one would be kind of cool.

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        Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I like them a lot... they're about 7 or 8$ in my city.

        Speaking of flowers... I saw the most beautiful arrangement.

        It was a pumpkin topiary. I wish Id of thought to take a pic.
        Pumpkins stacked from biggest to smallest... about 5 maybe... with fall flowers arranged in the cracks all the way around each row... if that makes sense?

        Something like these if that helps, but they were even prettier. They had all different kinds of pumpkins ranging from big to small.




  6. Pearldiver profile image80
    Pearldiverposted 4 years ago

    Pumpkins are so simple to grow, you only really need to water them and they grow well in pots etc...

    Soooooooo, why don't you just grow them and not have to worry about prices, just neighbors!  smile

    1. ChristinS profile image96
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I tried to grow them one year, they vine out and take up a lot of room in the garden space and all I ended up with were two very small pumpkins - they were quite tasty as pies smile but for Halloween we do very elaborate carvings and I want the bigger ones.

  7. annajazz profile image82
    annajazzposted 4 years ago

    They have been going up this year. A lot of that is due to the very dry weather that we had over the summer. As well as from last summer.
    Thus smaller pumpkins and higher prices.

  8. CraftytotheCore profile image85
    CraftytotheCoreposted 4 years ago

    I noticed some very large carving ones for $5.99.  Usually they sell those for a lot more.  I have not been able to find any small sugar pumpkins this year which I use for cooking.  Those are usually a few dollars a piece or sold by the pound.  We did not visit the apple orchards this year because my daughter was sick.  Usually, we buy locally from farms first.  Another charity usually sells them one weekend in October.  We used to take the children for pictures when they were smaller.  They didn't have any this year either.  I had two vines of my own growing, but nothing came of them.  We had a heat wave in July.  I think it was 20 straight days of 90 degree weather and higher.  That's very unusual for our area.

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    epsonok0posted 4 years ago

    way more expensive we spent about 40 dollars on two and we live down wind of a pumpkin patch. Dont get it. We wanted enough to carve duck dynasty. We had to get a flag and it is not the same as pumpkin dynasty.

  10. kmackey32 profile image65
    kmackey32posted 4 years ago

    I think they are very expensive. I am glad I grew my own. So much cheaper. Maybe next year I will grow a lot to sell them.