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The Great Pumpkin

A little known fact about Leonardo (the masterful farmer in charge) at Hudson Ranch (which supplies much of the produce at Oxbow Produce & Grocery) is his passion for growing giant pumpkins. Each spring he seeds an incubator with “Atlantic Giant” pumpkin seeds, and when the sprouts are just right he hardens them off and plants them outdoors in cold frames. Once the plants are established he tents each sleeping giant and waits until the Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa to enter a friendly competition of who’s got the biggest pumpkin. Leo’s efforts were rewarded with a 1,080 lb. specimen for the show but was bested by the biggest pumpkin weighing 1,392 lbs! Visit Oxbow Produce to check out Leo’s magnificent pumpkin for yourself.