Bigger, Longer, Uncut: Squash Goes Hollywood

Tonight, check out Lancaster County farmer Tom Culton and his giant gourd on The Late Show with David Letterman. City Paper's Meal Ticket has the full story

This is Culton’s first season with the Long of Naples, direct-seeding (rather than transplanting) an acre of the squashes, whose tangled 30-foot vines turned the land into an organic elastic jungle from Guts. “I had a tree fall on this plant, which knocked off all but one of the blossoms.” This concentrated the plant’s growing energy on a single fruit, and thus, this blue-ribbon bellezza was born. “It was totally God’s work, not mine.”

The show airs tonight at 11:30 p.m. on CBS; be on the lookout for a segment on "people and their vegetables."