Mike Newell

Maryland unlikely to have pumpkin shortage

Maryland unlikely to have pumpkin shortage

A Halloween without pumpkins?

Good grief!

But before you race to the grocery store for canned pumpkin to mold into fall's favorite orange orb, consider this: While the soggy residents of Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont are facing a shortage of jack-o-lanterns, Maryland's trick-or-treaters will be spared the trauma.

"We definitely lost some, but pumpkins will be around," said Dwight Baugher, who has started harvesting more than 70 acres of oversized squash at Baugher's Orchard and Farm inWestminster. "We'll be OK."

Already his workers are stacking the fruits of the fields in wooden bins for sale at his market off Route 140. Other pumpkin...