And once a year, the growers gather to see whose harvest is the heaviest.
Steve Connolly calls his "The Beast from the East," and like a proud parent, he is happy to share baby pictures.
"About the size of a pea," he said while showing CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman photos. "Yeah, wasn't she cute?"
Those early photos were taken July 1.
"It was growing forty five pounds a day," Connolly said. "It would shape-shift on you, you'd leave in the morning, you'd come back and there'd be a new shoulder sticking out here."
That was just fine with Connolly. His "Beast" is just one of about 50 entries in the annual giant pumpkin weigh-off, where size is all that matters.
Thanks to improved breeding and feeding, over the past few years, giant pumpkins have gotten so gigantic - these days a 1,000-pounder is just a throw-away.
But it's what's inside that counts.
Every one of these pedigreed pumpkins is grown from seeds of former heavyweights.
"We know what seed they're from; the grandmother, the grandfather, the great grandma, the great grandfather," said grower Joe Jutras.
And champion seeds can fetch a pretty penny. Jutras sold some for $250 per seed.
Jutras is the giant pumpkin world record holder - 1,689 lbs. last year.
That's a record Connolly was hoping to break. Of course first he had to get the Beast to the ball - which was no easy task.
Unfortunately, in the end, the Beast was a bit slimmer than she looked - a mere 1,568. That was enough for this year's record - but not good enough for Guinness.
"I'll take it!" he said.
"Would you go down in pumpkin history if you came up with the first one ton pumpkin?" Hartman asked?
"I would be immortalized. I could die easy," he said.
As for the Beast from the East, she's been battered and squashed - but look for her daughters next season.