Contest puts giant vegies on the scales

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Warren District Agricultural Society secretary Victoria Howe and president Aimee Bendotti with some locally grown giant vegetables.
Camera IconWarren District Agricultural Society secretary Victoria Howe and president Aimee Bendotti with some locally grown giant vegetables. Credit: Holly Thompson

The Warren District Agricultural Society has come up with a novel way for farmers to show off their produce, by creating a regional record for the biggest fruits and vegetables grown.

President Aimee Bendotti said this was a great opportunity for farmers to make use of produce they would normally need to get rid of.

“There is an Australian record system but we just thought since there is so much fruit and vegetables produced through this region, we should start our own system,” she said.

“Usually when things grow so big you cannot sell them to supermarkets so they get thrown away, especially if they are not grown near the time of the agriculture show.”

She said the records would be saved and then announced at the show alongside the normal giant vegetable competition.

“Someone from this area may even find out they have broken an Australian record through taking note of the weight of things they grow, you never know,” she said.

She said there were two cabbages which had already been recorded, weighing in at about 15kg each.

Society secretary Victoria Howe said this new record would help highlight what farmers could produce in the area.

“The more people we can get involved in this and in the show the better to celebrate our region’s growers,” she said.

“I think the Australian record for the biggest pumpkin is about 700kg so that is the goal to aim for.”

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