The results are in for the 2013 edition of the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit gardening contest. Entries came in from across the country, but in a strange twist (absolutely fitting for an oddball vegetable contest) the first and second place winners are from Colorado.
Gardener Geri Koncilja has judged the Weird Veggie contest since it started in 2009. She received the photo entries by email after the contest ended on Friday and had no idea where any of the wacky fruits were grown.
First place goes to The Nosiest Eggplant, submitted by Ashley Grabb. The eggplant was grown on Shepard Valley CSA farm located outside of Boulder, Colo. The farm also sustains the Farmer Cultivation Center called Everybody Eats!
First Place-The Nosiest Eggplant, Ashley Grabb, Boulder, Colo.
Ashley wins a prize package filled with an assortment of gardening goodies, including something I’m sure the farm will put to good use–a Sun Splash Gift Seed tin from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply. The tin is a collection of 10 packs of organic seed, that includes peppers, tomatoes, melons and squash. Maybe there’s another Weird Veggie winner in there just waiting to be planted.
Second Place–Rumpkin, Kelly Hines Keller, Berthoud, Colo.
Third Place–Identical Twins, Angela Doggett Scott, Vestavia Hills, Alabama
And a special thanks to all the gardeners who entered the weird, wonderful fruits and vegetables they pulled from their gardens:
Hadley Chernitsky…Mr. Tomato Head, Elyria, Ohio
Mike Ulman…The Happy Pickle, Sheridan, Michigan
Julia Morelli…Two-headed Eggplant, Waterbury, Connecticut
Nina Dubelko…Teenage Mutant Ninja Carrot, Farmdale, Ohio
Dale L. Baker…Embarrassed Okra, Ninnekah, Oklahoma
Leann Aukes…Weiner Tater, Bristow, Iowa
Be sure to watch for the 2014 contest, and take good pictures of anything crazy you harvest during next year’s gardening season!