Pumpkins are plentiful in Ohio this fall and the crop is finding a receptive market that includes neighboring states where crops were ruined by Hurricane Irene and other storms. But the higher demand does not necessarily mean steeper pumpkin prices for consumers.
President Lisa Schacht of the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association says growers may charge more but merchants may not pass along any additional cost because they use pumpkins to lure shoppers. Schacht tells The Plain Dealer of Cleveland that consumers may have to pay a little extra but are not likely to see skyrocketing prices.
At the Cleveland area Heinen's supermarket chain, produce buyer Terry Romp says customers are not paying more than last year, despite slightly higher wholesale prices.
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