Extreme weather has caused much suffering for people around the globe this year, but what about the food on your Thanksgiving plate? Unfortunately, even this holiday’s food didn’t escape the storms. Hurricanes, droughts and freak snowstorms have swept through the country over this past year, leaving their mark on the supply of favorite Thanksgiving foods. An “extreme pumpkin shortage” was predicted by Darcy Pray, owner of Pray’s Family Farms in Keeseville, New York, following Hurricane Irene, according to the Associated Press. According to the AP report in September, the wholesale price for a bin of 32-45 pumpkins had doubled from last year to $150 – $200. In July, scorching heat waves killed off thousands of poultry — a Kansas couple lost 4,300 turkeys in just one day, AP reported. Even a cheap splash of wine could be scarce, as California was delivered a late freeze and early rains this year. However, not all is bleak. As yields are down, the quality is predicted to be high, according to AP: “Without drastic temperature spikes that cause sugar levels to climb too quickly, clusters are spending more time developing flavor nuances on the vine.”

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