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Harvesting giant veggies


Super-size pumpkin ready for picking
Super-size pumpkin ready for picking

Lisa Varano, staff writer

October 4, 2010 — Farmers are getting ready to show off the biggest fruits -- and vegetables -- of their labour.

Prize-winning pumpkin at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 2008
Prize-winning pumpkin at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 2008

As Halloween draws near, you might be searching for the perfect, big pumpkin. You could find it in Norm Craven's pumpkin patch in Cannington, Ontario, but you'd have trouble hauling it away.

That's because Craven is growing some super-sized fruits and vegetables. And the biggest ones might not be for sale because they could be reserved for competition.

Craven plans to enter a growers' competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, held every November in Toronto.

The weather has cooperated with many Ontario farmers, like Craven, this fall. You can find everything from perfect pumpkins to great wines on the province's soil this year.

Pumpkin patch in Cannington, Ontario
Pumpkin patch in Cannington, Ontario

With Thanksgiving in less than a week, fruit and vegetable growers are grateful for a plentiful harvest.

“The weather is a big factor. This year, we had some warm spells. It's fairly warm. But we had some cold spells that really slowed things off,” says Craven. “And then, of course, now we're into frost, where it's almost impossible to get anything to continue growing.”

Frost is showing up in southern Ontario and other parts of eastern Canada, while northern Ontario has already seen snow.

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