The LA Times announced on October 10th that there may be, just may be, a pumpkin pie filling shortage this year. Lousy growing conditions in 2008 left filling manufacturers without a surplus crop of their favorite gourd, the sweet and fleshy Select Dickinson pumpkin. It’s that surplus they usually use to stock shelves with the canned confection in the early autumn months. If local stores are out of stock, you can always use the fresher pumpkins picked for holiday decorations, but their less-meaty flesh will give you a slightly different consistency than the store bought (and often, pre-seasoned) puree. But as Thanksgiving draws near, don’t fret. The 2009 harvest is on its way, and it looks like it will be lining shelves in time for Thanksgiving. Whew!