So the weekend before last was the big giant pumpkin and watermelon contest at Andy T's Farm Market here in St. Johns. It's an annual event featured annually here in the blog. Why? Because Liquid's own specialty crop researchers Brian and Tim have entries each year. Sadly I was away and missed it, but Tim's wife Pauline provided this photo-account. Below are some of the giant pumpkin entrants awaiting the call to the scales. Not sure about the genetics, but I like a bright orange pumpkin compared to the pale ones. But beauty is sacrificed for size it appears.
Here is Brian's pumpkin from Farm 12 of the NCRS. It was a whopping 779 pounds. That was an improvement over the previous years and a good sized gourd. However, first place was 1656 pounds! And second was 1655 pounds! That was a neck and neck finish, or maybe stem and stem. Brian finished in the top half of the 29 the entries which is pretty good. But he has so many other responsibilities at the NCRS that sometimes he missed story hour and morning snack with his pumpkin. I told him to go out next year and shoot for a thousand pounder. But he will be back.
But Tim was once again the Watermelon King. He successfully defended his title with a gushing 224 pound melon. Tim grew his with AgroLiquid, but is a little tight lipped with all of his secrets for success. It doesn't matter, just keep winning Tim. Congratulations!
So I'm sure that they already have next year's contest date circled on the calendar. And you know results will be reported here. So see you next year.