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Britain is facing a shortage of PUMPKINS this Halloween as the summer of heatwaves and drought causes stocks to dwindle
- Pumpkins may be in short supply this Halloween as harvest supplies dwindle
- According to farmers, heat waves and droughts have led to lower yields
- The price of autumn squash is also skyrocketing due to energy costs
Pumpkin carving may be off the table for Brits this Halloween after a summer of heatwaves and droughts that have dwindled crop supplies.
Even those lucky enough to get their hands on the orange vegetable could be shocked when farmers warn that the price of the fall squash will also rise in line with inflation and rising energy costs.
It comes as British farms warned that fruit and vegetables could look different this year and even become ‘shaky’ after a lack of rainfall.
This led to Lidl and Waitrose announcing that they would start selling ‘stunted’ products that have been hit hard by a record-breaking summer of heat and national drought.
Guy and Emily French, who own one of the UK’s largest pumpkin wholesalers – Foxes Farm Produce in Basildon, Essex – said pumpkins had fallen by a third this year and had already sold out to organizers of pumpkin fields that will use their land.
It may be harder to get your hands on a pumpkin this Halloween after a summer of heatwaves and droughts wiped out crop yields
Mister Frans told the mirror: ‘The quality of the pumpkin is good – the skin is good, it’s a really good orange.
‘But the drought had a knock-on effect on the yield. You don’t have the volume.’
The farmer added that high energy costs, spurred on by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, also affected this year’s crop.
Foxes Farm has been harvesting pumpkins since mid-August and says yields have fallen by a quarter to a third this year.
Mr French added: ‘We sell at a higher price, but the most important factor is our input costs.
Pumpkin farms have said that the energy costs of using farm equipment, such as tractors, and the increased price of fertilizers due to the war in Ukraine will push up the price of the orange vegetables.
“We always tell our customers, ‘If you think the price of fueling your car with diesel has doubled, think about what it does for a tractor.’
‘And then our fertilizer costs have also increased because of the war in Ukraine.’
William Tyrell, owner of Tyrell’s Farm in Lincolnshire, said the heat wave had caused his crops to ripen too early and although they can be stored until October, he told The Mirror that harvesting the pumpkins will make the experience for the public their own. come to pick pumpkins, ruined’.
Earlier this month it was feared that rising temperatures in the UK could threaten Christmas dinners due to shortages of Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli.
Farmers also said a strawberry shortage could develop due to a combination of a severe lack of rainfall and rising production costs.
The production of potatoes, onions, carrots and lettuce is also suffering from warnings that a ban on garden hoses could be in place until October, as no ‘meaningful rainfall’ is forecast any time soon.
The warning comes after Britain saw its driest eight months from November to June since 1976, as well as its driest July ever for parts of southern and eastern England.