2013 Giant pumpkin c0ntest kicks-off at Quesnel Farmers’ Market

Time to purchase your giant pumpkin seedlings and try growing the biggest in the area

Every fall, just before Thanksgiving, the Quesnel Farmers’ Market hosts a Giant Pumpkin Contest, during which prizes are awarded for the three largest pumpkins grown in the Cariboo. And this year is your chance to be one of the winners. To make it easy for you, vendors at the market have started some giant pumpkin plants ready for you to transplant at home. These seedlings will be available this Saturday, May 25 and the next, June 1, as well. Along with the plants, you will probably to be able glean some tried and true suggestions for growing the “big one”.

So come on down to the Quesnel Farmers’ Market this Saturday. Make a morning of it; enjoy a cup of strong, freshly brewed coffee, shop for pastries, breads and other goodies and stock up on all those early spring greens, like radish, lettuce, spinach, asparagus and much more. The market also features a full array of annual and perennial bedding plants and flowers, plus specialty items like birch syrup and garlic-based sauces and vinaigrettes. It is the perfect place to find unique gifts, with more than a dozen artisans selling their wares. This Saturday, you can enjoy the singing and guitar playing of Family Brown.

The Market is located at the Helen Dixon School site, on the corner of Kinchant and Carson, and is open from 8:30 until 1:00 PM.

– submitted by Rob Borsato