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 (33)
  • ZofiaT-del
    10/15/2017 - 07:09 p.m.

    Three main ideas I learned from this article are how Joe Jutras made three world records for biggest pumpkins, him working over a decade growing the plants and Jutras heading to New York

  • EthanG-del1
    10/15/2017 - 08:54 p.m.

    Farmers might have to genetically modify the vegtables if they want them to be such a gigantic size.

  • OlivierJ-del
    10/15/2017 - 09:18 p.m.

    It is amazing how fruits or vegetables could grow to be this immerse in size.I wonder how people get plants to grow this large.

  • JaredI-del
    10/15/2017 - 09:46 p.m.

    this odd competition of how much a pumpkin ways.

  • KyleP-del1
    10/16/2017 - 07:54 a.m.

    A lot of nutrients must be put into fruits and vegetables to keep the healthy. They also need water and good soil

  • GabriellaJ-del
    10/16/2017 - 04:10 p.m.

    Three things I learned were:
    ~ Joe Jutras has beaten each of the three records at least once.
    ~ Joe will receive a green jacket for his commitment to nature.
    ~ One of his vegetables will be featured this month in the New York Botanical Garden.

  • PedroM-del1
    10/16/2017 - 04:50 p.m.

    That's nice that that guy has FAT fruit. That's nice how this guy has a PLUMP pumpkin. And that's reeeeeaaallly nice how that guy has a WIDE squash. Its just amazing. Its a miracle that no animal ate the squash while growing. Its beautiful. BEAUTY I SAY!!!!!!!

  • PedroM-del1
    10/16/2017 - 04:52 p.m.

    What might go into growing humongous fruits and veggies? Here"s the answer:
    More people will want big fruits and veggies so some random farmer is gonna make GMO plants and the world dies cause of fat fruit. There you go.

  • JuliaA -del
    10/16/2017 - 04:57 p.m.

    Three main ideas I learned from the article was one, the person who grew the world's largest squash was named Joe Jutras, two, that growing pumpkins are a hobby, and three, Jutras broke many world records.

  • BrianaM-del1
    10/16/2017 - 05:03 p.m.

    some things that might go into growing humongous fruits and vegetables

    -pesticides
    -plant food that makes then grow unnaturally
    -special hormones
    -different soil

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