In Alaska, especially in the Matanuska-Sustina Valley (40 miles northeast of Anchorage), vegetables grow to enormous sizes. They grow so big they become unrecognizable. Imagine a 35-pound broccoli, a 138-pound cabbage, a 30-pound zucchini, a 68-inch long gourd.
There’s lots and lots of sun in Alaska and that’s why produce grows so big. Though the season of 105 days (compared to California at 300) is very short, in the summers there’s almost 19 hours of sunshine each day. Due to it’s close proximity to the North Pole, no long, dark summer nights for Alaska!
And so veggies in The Land of the Midnight Sun keep growing and growing. Farmers and gardeners there produce some of the biggest veggies in the world, and the tastiest!