According pumpkin farmers in Illinois, this is a banner year thanks to a wet spring and dry warm summer. If you've been in grocery stores in September you probably would have noticed huge pumpkins selling for 5 dollars which is a big change from the last couple of years when pumpkins were closer to ten dollars. And the bumper crop is the reason they're so reasonably priced.
I had to laugh, however, because Schnuck's raised their pumpkin prices from 5 dollars during September to 8 or 9 dollars as soon as we got to October 1. Halloween coming means more people wanting pumpkins so why not get as much as you can for them. Not very nice, though.
We tried growing pumpkins on the campus this year and we also had a good crop of small pumpkins planted from seed, many of which were the pie pumpkins. We wanted numbers for this first effort rather than size.
Pumpkins by the table.
Pumpkins by the chair.
Pumpkins by the door.