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:
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.
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
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 WesternGardeners.com.