It’s three times the bragging rights for David Koster with Koster’s Farm and Garden whose three massive winter squash topped the scales at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Giant pumpkins were hauled and weighed at the outdoor stage at the Helen Dixon Centre late in the morning, with many gathering to see who would be awarded top honour in the annual largest pumpkin contest.
Koster’s three pumpkins measured more than 500 pounds, with the largest weighing 225 pounds.
“I had fun,” Koster said, adding he hopes to save and share the seeds from his first-place winner. He plans to make recipes with the others weighing in at 162 pounds and 120 pounds, including putting on the barbecue.
Also having an enjoyable time was Bobi Martin and her young daughters Juniper and Lakey.
They grew pumpkins that weighed 89, 68 and 71 pounds, respectively.
“We really love Halloween in our house, so that’s why we were growing them, but we focused on trying to make them really big this year,” Martin said.
“Every day we were measuring them and seeing how big they were and posing by them, so it was fun. The kids loved watching them grow.”
Martin credits the compost used in their garden and their pruning efforts with getting their pumpkins to grow to an unusually large size.
They have three other pumpkins at home and plan on carving and canning them.
“We’ll probably give a couple to friends that have goats and pigs,” Martin added.
The last outdoor Quesnel Farmers’ Market for the season is Saturday, Oct. 15.
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