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 a trifecta in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods. The trifecta consists of world records for heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, 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 (960 kilograms) during a weigh-in at Frerichs Farm in Warren last Saturday.

His other titles came in 2006, when he broke the record for longest gourd, with a 126.5-inch (3.21-meter) gourd. In 2007, he broke the record for largest pumpkin, with a fruit that weighed in at 1,689 pounds (766 kilograms). 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 trifecta 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 to devote more time to his hobby.

Jutras noted that others had won multiple world records for fruits and vegetables before, but 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, a multi-time pumpkin record breaker, 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, where 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 at the annual convention in Oregon of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. It is considered 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 (32)
  • ChloeT-del
    10/13/2017 - 06:02 p.m.

    I learned three main ideas from the article. The first one is that a man named Joe Jutras grew the world's largest squash. It weighed 2118.0 pounds! Second, his squash will be presented at the New York Botanical Gardens. He will also receive a "green jacket" for his squash record at the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth convention in Oregon. Third, he also broke others world records. For example, in 2006, he broke a record for the longest gourd. In 2007, he broke a record for the largest pumpkin. It is a very unique talent that Joe has and I hope he never stops!

  • JadeR-del
    10/13/2017 - 06:06 p.m.

    Things that might go into growing humongous fruits and vegetables are probably GMO's, pesticides, hormones, growth serums, growth plant food's to make the fruits and vegetables grow faster and abnormally large.

  • NatalieH-del
    10/13/2017 - 06:23 p.m.

    3 main ideas I've from the article are: a Rhode Islander broke a record for growing giant plants, this isn't his first time doing so, and will receive a " green jacket " for his commitment to nature.

  • AkshayB-del
    10/14/2017 - 01:45 p.m.

    Probably a lot nutrients must be put into growing humongous fruits and vegetables. You would maybe put a lot of water in the soil,make sure no pests go on it or make sure the vegetable does not catch disease, and lastly make sure u plant the right seed for the fruit or vegetable.

  • SarahT-del
    10/14/2017 - 03:09 p.m.

    The three things I learned were:
    - One of Jutras's fruits are coming to New York.
    - That growing large pumpkins is a hobby
    - One of his another fruit is considered the NFL of giant fruit and vegetable growing .

  • GregoryM-del
    10/14/2017 - 03:52 p.m.

    Joe Jutras,a Rhode Island grower credits a new soil cultivation technique for growing humungous fruits and vegetables. He also used seeds from his last year's vegetable winner.

  • WilliamF-del
    10/14/2017 - 06:12 p.m.

    Wow this is really cool. Growing such large food is amazing and squashes weighing over a ton is an immense amount. I wonder how big vegies qnd fruits will be in the future.

  • RushB-del
    10/14/2017 - 07:23 p.m.

    Its cool to see how Jutras finally reached his goal of wining all breaking three world records after ten years of dedication. It is also cool to see Jutras start growing pumpkins as a hobby but then achieving such a big goal

  • ReesePratt-del
    10/14/2017 - 07:28 p.m.

    To make mouny

  • ChloeR-del
    10/15/2017 - 06:08 p.m.

    Special soil and special seeds could help a fruit or vegetable grow bigger. Also fertilizer might help a fruit or vegetable grow bigger than usual because of the things they put in it.

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