When I stopped at my local supermarket this week, this is what greeted me: an immense pumpkin – a behemoth! – 800 pounds, sitting right there on the curb, surrounded by its normal sized cousins. The sign next to it said it had been grown in Wakefield, not far from where we live.
The best part is, this monster is tiny compared to the giant pumpkins RI is famous for. Why, this year, Ron Wallace of Greene, captured the world record with a pumpkin weighing 2,009 pounds!!!!! That’s over a ton! (The previous Guiness world record is 1,810 pounds.)
Growing record-smashing pumpkins (get it?) has become a Rhode Island pastime, right up there with digging for quahogs and driving to the beaches to watch the surf during hurricanes. Funny that a state so tiny should produce such greatness. It could be the cultivars, or the soil, or the TLC, or most likely a combination of all of the above.
Check out how tiny my shopping cart looks behind the monster. These giants are not for eating. They are grown for size alone.
Anyway, it’s one more weird (but cool) quirky thing about the Ocean State – or the Giant Pumpkin State……