Great pumpkins! Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles In this Oct. 7, 2017, photo provided by Susan Jutras, Joe Jutras stands with his world record breaking, 2,118-pound squash, following a weigh-in at Frerichs Farm in Warren, R.I. (Susan Jutras via AP)
Great pumpkins! Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles
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A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve three records in the hobby of growing enormous foods. The three world records consist of the heaviest pumpkin and the longest long gourd. And now it includes the heaviest squash.

Joe Jutras previously broke two records. Joe got his third last weekend when he smashed the giant squash record. It  weighed more than a ton. His green squash tipped the scales at 2,118 pounds. This was at Frerichs Farm in Warren last Saturday.

His other titles came in 2006. That is when he broke the record for longest gourd. It was a 126.5-inch gourd. In 2007, he broke the record for largest pumpkin. It weighed in at 1,689 pounds. 

Both previous records have since been surpassed. But Jutras is the only grower so far to break world records in the three most competitive categories.

"It feels great," Jutras said Monday. "It's really been a goal of mine to try to achieve this."

Jutras has been working on the three records for a decade, since his pumpkin win. He was close to the goal a few years ago. But then a squash on track to break the record split. Now 62, Jutras recently retired from his work as a high-end cabinet maker. He wants to devote more time to his hobby.

Jutras noted that others had won multiple world records for fruits and vegetables before. But they won in categories such as carrots that are not as competitive.

He credits a new soil cultivation technique and a seed from last year's world record breaker for this year's win.

Ron Wallace is a multi-time pumpkin record breaker. He called Jutras' feat "unbelievable." He said Jutras' accomplishment showed the best of the hobby. "It's about people competing and pushing the boundaries," he said.

Jutras said his fruit is headed to New York City. It will be on display this month at the New York Botanical Garden.

In February, he'll receive a coveted "green jacket" honor for his squash record. He will get it at the annual convention in Oregon of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. It is thought of as the NFL of giant fruit and vegetable growing.

Asked what he plans to do next after achieving the trifecta, he said he's been thinking about the bushel gourd.

"I think the record now is about 279 pounds," Jutras said. "That might be something I might want to get into a bit."

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COMMENTS (52)
  • holdenj-orv
    10/13/2017 - 01:54 p.m.

    Insert "James and the Giant Peach" but with Pumpkin here

  • kirshaunm-orv
    10/13/2017 - 02:10 p.m.

    lots of care. Like sun, and water. But I really don't understand how you could determine how to grow humongous fruits and vegetables?

  • kiannar-cel
    10/17/2017 - 12:00 p.m.

    Tedious labor goes into growing humongous fruits and vegetables. Many chemicals go into producing a greater quality of a fruit. In my opinion, I like the idea of making fruit larger and trying new things. It's awesome that his fruit will be on display in New York and that he will receive a prize for his dedication.

  • Nolan-bla
    10/19/2017 - 09:18 a.m.

    The secret behind growing humungous fruits and vegetables is the correct soil quality, lots of sun, rain, fertilizer, and if you want to cheat then add chemicals. Another factor to growing giant fruits and vegetables is the germination stage, without this stage going correctly, the fruit or vegetable won't have a good start, without a good start the plant won't grow well. This article was very interesting, and Joe Jutras is obviously a very talented plant grower.

  • destinys-orv
    10/19/2017 - 11:35 a.m.

    i do not now what i well do put i no it will be good to eat because it is just fruits and vegetables

  • jackiek-orv
    10/19/2017 - 11:42 a.m.

    that's interesting i wonder what they do with the fruits after they won or lost.

  • madysonw-cel
    10/19/2017 - 12:29 p.m.

    Joe Jutras said that he used a seed a past winner had given him and used a certain type of soil. I think it takes a lot of patience and care to get a fruit or vegetable to get that big.

  • Kathryn-bla
    10/19/2017 - 02:18 p.m.

    I think a lot of chemicals go into growing fruits and vegetables. The chemicals would be helpful for the plants go grow but bad for us to eat. Some types of chemicals could get us very sick. The chemicals are only good for plants. They would have to put in a lot of hard work into growing a fruit or vegetable.

  • John-bla1
    10/19/2017 - 02:56 p.m.

    That is one of the most biggest pumpkins I have ever scene in my whole life. Its really cool how they do these contest. Now I really want to go to a pumpkin contest. Now I want to go to fairs now to see these cool contest now because I never really go to fairs anymore. This was a great article and some great big pumpkins.

  • Catherine-bla
    10/19/2017 - 03:55 p.m.

    What I think goes into growing humongous fruits and vegetables are all the nutrients put into the fruit, vegetable, or plant. Some nutrients are good for the plant and some of the nutrients help the plant grow.What i found in the article is that the article showed that the contestant took a seed from another big plant and put in into the plant to make the plant grow. And seeds are a type of nutrient. And that is why i think that nutrients are what go into growing humongous fruits and vegetables.

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