Rosa Blanca Brothers Win 2017 Weird Veggie Contest

Two eggplants with personality from North Carolina take the top prize in the 2017 Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit contest. Congratulations to Romelle Peterson for growing these guys! 

Weird Veggie winner 2017

“You mess with the little red guys, you mess with the Rosa Blanca Brothers!!”

Romelle also deserves special recognition for entering this tomato that looks like a catcher’s mitt. And another tomato that resembles a Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle. There sure must be something funny in that North Carolina water!

“Strike 3 ‘Mater!”

Second place goes to this crazy crop of carrots from Utah gardener Nancy Dixon:

Knot quite sure what these carrots had in mind.”

The third place winner is this optimistic tomato grown by Philip Fei in his New Jersey garden:

“Thumbs up from my tomato!”

 

Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit for 2017?


It’s time for the ninth annual Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit photo contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com! The contest celebrates all the oddball produce grown in vegetable gardens, like these Pepper Pants. (See past winners: Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Hall of Fame.)

Anything funny growing in your garden?  Here’s how to enter:

  1. The contest begins on August 21 and ends September 22 at 10:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
  2. Send (in focus) digital photos of your home-grown, crazy-looking fruit or vegetable to Jodi @ WesternGardeners.com. A limit of 3 images per person, please.
  3. Give each entry a silly descriptive name; include your city and state; the contest is open to gardeners residing in the U.S.
  4. The winner will be notified by email on September 25.
  5. First place gets the top prize; runners up receive something, too.

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.”

Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Gardening Contest

Welcome to the fifth annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit gardening contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com.

Weird Veggie Snail CukeLate summer means it’s time to harvest prize-winning tomatoes, perfect peaches and a bonanza of beautiful vegetables.

It’s also the time of the gardening year when Mother Nature’s sense of humor shows through and she puts noses on eggplants, pants on carrots and smiles on tomatoes.

The 5th annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest is on!

I want to see the wackiest vegetables or craziest fruit you find in your garden or at the farmer’s market. Just take a look at the Snailcumber I found in my garden this morning.

It’s simple to enter the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit gardening contest:

1. Email (jodi@WesternGardeners.com) a digital, in-focus photo of any vegetable or fruit you find that makes you laugh, makes you blush or stops you in your tracks. Give it a fitting name and include your name, city, and state. Contest is open to gardeners in the U.S.

Angel Lime Wins Weird Veggie Contest for 2012

The results of the 4th Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest are in!

I enjoy growing quality produce, but I also have an affinity for crazy-looking fruits and vegetables. That’s why I sponsor an annual gardening contest that gives gardeners a chance to show off their surprising finds. This year’s contest included entries from as far away as Perth, Australia.

Geri Koncilja, our intrepid gardening aficionado, wrote riddles to commemorate each of the top entries this year. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

The contest winner for 2012 is Angel Lime grown by Jason Wold of Campbell, Calif.

Q: What did the bartender say to the lime angel sitting on the rim of a margarita glass?
A: Hallelujah and pass the salt!

Second place goes to Emma May Hunter of Tellico Plains, Tenn., for her Eggplant with Ears.

Love Apple Wins Weird Veggie Gardening Contest


Congratulations to Carrie Fritz of New Prague, Minn., for taking the top prize in the 3rd Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com. Her Love Apple is actually three tomatoes that grew into the shape of one perfect heart. “Love Apples” (La Pomme D’Amour) is an old French term for tomatoes.

Our contest judge, Geri Koncilija, chose Carrie’s entry saying, “I really grew to love this guy.”

There’s also a lot to love about the background of Carrie’s vegetable garden.  Last year her fiance was deployed overseas so they couldn’t plant a garden, but this year they were able to plant one together.  Carrie wrote, “Our garden started out of love and has blossomed.” She also mentioned that a September wedding is in the works.


Second place goes to Amy Lambert, also from Minnesota, for her Tomato Grinch. Amy’s tomato caused Geri to break into the signature song from How the Grinch Stole Christmas: “You’re a rotter, Mr. Tomato Grinch, you’re full of dreadful spots. You have no place in a garden, you’re scaring all the crops.”

Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest is On

The 3rd Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest, sponsored by WesternGardeners.com, is a celebration of what can grow wrong in the garden.

If you’ve grown a yellow pear tomato with the attributes of an artist’s model like these Sweet Cheeks, a potato that looks like Mickey Mouse (or Mickey Rourke) or a smiling eggplant, we want to see it!

This is the third year for the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest and we’re expecting to see another entertaining lineup of odd-looking produce.

Last year’s winner was Carrot Pants, grown by MJ Blanchette. Runners-up were Bob Knight’s I Hate When My Tomatoes are Watching Me and Alessandra Marcellan Thor’s Latin Teacher Look Alike. Sweet Potato Bug and Winking Black Krim received honorable mention.

To enter the contest, send a digital photo of your home-grown, crazy-looking produce to jodi@WesternGardeners.com by midnight (Mountain time), August 31, 2011. The contest is limited to gardeners in the U.S. and Canada.

Carrot Pants Wins Weird Veggie Contest

Thanks to all the gardeners who entered the 2010 Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com. The results are in! Gardener Geri Koncilja judged the contest entries and made her selection:

First Place goes to…. Carrot Pants grown by MJ Blanchette.


About the winner, Geri wrote, “Pants in the ground, pants in the ground, looking real cool with your pants in the ground. All it needs now is its carrot top.”

Second Place goes to…”I hate when my tomatoes are watching me,” grown by Bob Knight.

Judge Geri says, “Don’t be stewed, but this tomato’s got a face for taste. Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Third Place goes to…Latin Teacher Look Alike, grown by Alessandra Marcellan Thor.

“This talented tomato moves to the head of the class. Bonus Cibus,” says Geri.

WesternGardeners.com also decided to give Honorable Mention Attention to these two entries:

Sweet Potato Bug grown by David Hawkins

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