I ran into the same issue when I asked the store clerk about canned pumpkin. He also stated that it was not is season. Yet on my way out, while walking down the baking isle there was a shelf of the stuff. As it turns out they only stock it near the canned veggies when its in season. Through out the rest of the year they stock it next to the brown sugar in the baking isle. At lease that is how they do it in the Chicago land area. This may or may not help you, but I have learned not to trust the clerks.I tried to, but I couldn't find fresh pumpkins yet. When I asked a store employee about canned pumpkin he told me it wasn't in season yet. WTF?! It's canned, it doesn't ripen or go bad. There isn't a season. Oddly enough I asked him while standing next to a christmas display which was "in season".