From: Mehak Shah firstname.lastname@example.org [fun-maafia] <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM
Subject: [FuN MaaFia] Giant Vegetables of Alaska
Alaska's Giant Vegetables
The Alaska State Fair held annually in Palmer, 42 miles northeast of Anchorage, is not your regular agricultural show. Here farmers from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley routinely display vegetables and produces of gargantuan sizes — a 138-pound cabbage, 65-pound cantaloupe and 35-pound broccoli are just a few of the monsters that have sprung forth from Alaska's soil in recent years. "Some things [are so big], you can't even recognize what they are," said the fair's crop superintendent Kathy Liska.
A giant pumpkin and a cabbage at the Alaska State Fair in 2009. Photo credit
Gigantic head of a lettuce at Alaska State Fair. Photo credit:
Dale Marshall embraces a giant pumpkin weighing around 1,780-pounds inside a greenhouse in Anchorage. Photo credit
Ashleena Roberts holds a reindeer for scale next to a pumpkin in the Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin contest. Photo credit
Giant rutabagas at Alaska State Fair 2009. Photo credit
Vegetables at the Alaska State Fair 2009. Photo credit
Peter's giant onions at the Harrogate Vegetable Festival in U.K.