Winter Squash, Theron's Winter Harvest (Organic)
Cucurbita maxima. 100 days.
This is the biggest winter squash we have ever grown! Fruit are a light pink/salmon color and look like giant pink Sweet Meat squash. Average 35-40 lbs with some even up to 50 lbs. Vigorous vines grow to 30′ in all directions and average 3 fruit per plant. Originally bred in the 1940s by Theron Atkinson, father of local farming legend Paul Atkinson of Laughing Stock Farm, possibly from a cross between a banana type squash and a hubbard squash. Theron bred this squash to be dual purpose—sweet, moist, and delicious with terrific cooking qualities, great for feeding large families or for use in restaurants, AND also large and productive enough to grow as livestock fodder. Paul continues to grow and improve on this family heirloom variety. A practitioner of rotational grazing since the 1980s, Paul feeds his laying hens this squash all winter long to keep their eggs bright orange. Laughing Stock Farm’s pigs and cows love it, too. We are excited to have introduced it commercially for the first time in 2013.