Hugging Carrots win 2014 Weird Veggie Contest

Gardeners from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. submitted entries for the 6th Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest.

A pair of overly friendly carrots grown in Lonsdale, Minn., captured the top prize and lasting fame in the annual Weird Veggie Contest. Shannon Price’s entry called “Happy Hugging Carrots” is the winner of this year’s contest.

Our contest judge, Geri Koncilja, spent the weekend mulling over the contestants from the U.S. before deciding on the top three places. Geri has provided her expertise as judge for the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest since it began in 2009. Here’s what she has to say about the top three finishers:

Happy Hugging Carrots by Shannon Price First Happy Hugging Carrots grown by Shannon Price
Lonsdale, Minn.

“I found this one appealing and a little juicy.”

Shannon wins a gardener’s gift package that includes a signed copy of Kristin Ohlson’s new book called The Soil Will Save Us, pruners from Corona Tools, Authentic Haven Brand soil conditioner manure tea, a Hula brand Perfect Planter from Sanctuary Soil, Safi reusable produce bags, Popoutz portable bird feeder and an assortment of vegetable and flower seeds from American Meadows, BBB Seeds, Botanical Interests, Lake Valley Seeds and Seed Savers Exchange.

Plumber's crack tomato by Lara Herndon 2Second Place: Plumber’s Crack Tomato grown by Lara Herndon
Huntington Beach, Calif.

“Bottoms up to this submission; it’s a real crack up. Someone should tell it to pull its plant up!”

Siamese Cucumber by Julie Kurose 3 Third Place–Siamese Cucumber” by Julie Kurose
Norwalk, Conn.
“How cuke is this? They’ve got each others backs if they’re ever in a pickle.”

???????????????????????????????Honorable Mention: The Tight Grip by Lady Suzanne Levy
United Kingdom
Geri says she was fascinated by the parsnip squeezing a beetroot.
“It looks exactly like a creepy little hand.”

A big “Thank You”  to all the gardeners who entered photos of their weird veggies for the contest. Not everyone can grow an oddball, so we offer a special salute to those who do:

Ruthie Verner, Washington: Heart-shaped potato

Emily Embree, Iowa, Naughty bits tomato

Destiny Schaffer, New York, Heart-shaped tomato

Becky, Missouri, Conjoined yellow squash named Sas-squash

Canadian Friends:

Kristin Crouch, Donut Tomato

Falia LaDoux, The Dolly Parton Tomato

Laurel Hounslaw, Carrot Bum

Here’s to growing great gardens and more Weird Veggies in 2015! If you find something surprising in your vegetable garden next season, be sure to take a good picture of it and send it in for the 7th Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest sponsored by


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Great choice! Nature has a great way of showing off it’s humor.

Thanks for stopping by, Mike. Glad to hear you liked this year’s winner.

Perhaps one day you’ll find something crazy in your garden to enter in the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest!


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