Local Farmers Reach Out to Pumpkin Growers Elsewhere to Fill Orders; Dud Spuds Spark Concerns For Belgians

• Pumpkin farmers in Bucks County, whose patches have been ravaged by a hot, dry summer followed by Hurricane Irene, are reaching out to growers in other regions to fill their orders. [KYW Newsradio]

• In Belgium, the only thing the whole population can agree on is the French fry, and it’s in danger. [WSJ]

• Today is a momentous day, for Wendy’s at last rolls out its two-years-in-the-making Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy burger: extra cheese, a buttered bun, a thicker patty, and no mustard. [USAT]

Esquire’s “Eat Like a Man” cookbook is out, and it contains recipes from the likes of Eric Ripert, David Chang, and Michael Symon. Can a lady borrow a copy? [NYDN]

• New research suggests an apple a day is actually a pretty good idea — it may help ward off strokes. [Healthland/Time]