Great pumpkins! Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles
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 (71)
  • Sophie Seaborg-fai
    10/24/2017 - 10:08 a.m.

    Joe Jutras. This story is about Joe winning a contest for the biggest pumpkins.It is important because Joe won three times. And now Joes pumpkins are heading to New York City. It will be displayed at the New York Botanical Garden. What might go into growing humongous fruits and vegetables? Well....there might be chemicals,fertilizer, and nutrients in fruits and vegetables because there are made from the ground.

  • Mason Mojica-fai
    10/24/2017 - 01:44 p.m.

    Well when you are growing humongous, fruits and vegetables you will need a farm to grow it on. You will also need lots of fertilizer you will need sun light you will need lots of water. And that is how you will grow humongous fruits and vegetables.


    This story is about Joe Jutras and how he grows humongous vegetables and he dose this to grow fruits and vegetables and to set world records and next his pumpkins are going to New York

  • Bao Tran-fai
    10/24/2017 - 01:50 p.m.

    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 got his third last weekend when he smashed the giant squash record, It weigh more than a ton, His green squash tipped the scales at 2118 pounds, This was at Frerichs Farm in Warrem last Saturday,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 weigh in at 1689 pounds.Asked what he plans to do next after achieving the trifecta, he said he's been thinking about the bushel gourd.

  • Corbin Adams-fai
    10/24/2017 - 01:58 p.m.

    It will take a lot of water,sun,and soil to grow a big pumpkin like the one on the picture.

    Joe Jutras broke two world records. He grow the worlds biggest pumpkin in 2006, it weighed in at 1,689 pounds. He went to New York City to claim his prize it was a fruit head. It was a 126.5-inches gourd.

  • Tammoya Adjmul-fai
    10/24/2017 - 02:47 p.m.

    To grow humongous fruits and vegetables you would have to water it a lot, fertilizer, soil, rain and the sun to grow humongous pretty and healthy fruits and vegetables.

    The main character in this article is about Joe Jutras and how well he grows his crops. The crops Joe grows are very humongous. He grows humongous crops because of a challenge he does.He grows them very big so he can win. In 2006 he won his first challenge and that is what the article is about.

  • Siena Wanuck-fai
    10/24/2017 - 02:52 p.m.

    Well when you grow foods or plants you need to have soil, water, and sunlight. So I would love to grow something big like that, and winning a competition is awesome to win. The summary of this story is about a man and he grows food and he made this humongous squash and made a world record in many catagories because of his work and what he has achieved. So they now sent the squash and his work to the New York City Garden so they can start buying his food. So that's a summary about the story "Great Pumpkins" Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles.

  • Ed Le-fai
    10/24/2017 - 03:38 p.m.

    What I think might grow humongous fruits and vegetables is nutrients,chemicals,and juice.Joe Jutras who had broken the world record for the third time and he grew the the largest squash in a contest and he broke the world record again.Joe Jutras wanted to win again but he wanted to his squash get higher.After he won the contest his fruit was headed to New York City and it was going to be displayed at the New York Botanical Garden then he saw Ron Wallace's pumpkin said that he might want to try it.

  • Jorey Divra-fai
    10/24/2017 - 09:12 p.m.

    Plants need lots of water,sunlight and fertilizer to grow and be big. Joe Jutras broke two record by making the biggest and huge fruits and vegetables. In 2006 he broke a record with the largest pumpkin by 2118.0. He use new soil cultivation.

  • Blayne-moo
    10/25/2017 - 11:26 a.m.

    This was a very inspirational article. I love picking pumpkins for Halloween.

  • Zachary Schwartz-fai
    10/25/2017 - 02:50 p.m.

    To grow humongous fruits and vegetables good soil,climate and lots of time would help grow the fruits and vegetables.A world record person Joe Jutras grew huge foods.Joe Jutras beat three world records for fruits and vegetables .Joe Jutras hobby is to grow huge fruits and vegetables and heaviest.

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