How to grow a giant pumpkin… and why you really do want a Jabba the Hut look-a-like sprouting in your yard

The Canadian Tourism Commission declares Pemberton to be:

  • the place Whistlerites move to when they grow up,
  • fast becoming one of the great locavore foodie destinations in Canada
  • the second-best place in the country to spend Thanksgiving (after your own home.)

It’s also angling for the title : home to champion giant pumpkin growers.

Pemberton’s reigning champion giant pumpkin grower, Chad Gilmore, is headed to Nanaimo‘s Pumpkin Festival this weekend with his first 1000 pounder, topping his own personal best of 921 lbs. Gilmore’s largest two pumpkins, combined, are the size of a Volkswagen beetle!

He’ll be back in Pemberton for the October 24 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at North Arm Farm.

Halloween inspiration is on hand at the North Arm Farm pumpkin patch… and just down the road, the Schramm Vodka Distillery has been mixing up a Full Harvest Martini, to really celebrate the season and make sure all that pumpkin puree doesn’t go to waste.

Gilmore has promised to answer all our questions on how to grow a giant pumpkin, and why you want a Jabba the Hut look-a-like taking over your backyard, on his return. Post your questions here, and we’ll try to extract his trade secrets!

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  1. […] covered in snow, it’s time to start dreaming of the garden. We talked with Chad Gilmore, Pemberton’s champion giant pumpkin grower, to get a few tips on how to turn one tiny seed into one giant bounty. Gilmore is a Pemberton potato […]



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