One farmer and a very large potato hopes to up root the theory that Cayman’s soil aren’t good enough for agriculture. Rolin Chisholm of North Side said he planted a tiny seed 7 months ago and a few weeks ago he came back to huge surprise.
Mr. Chisholm unearthed a 26 lbs potato. The monster vegetable was grown on his rugged patch of land that stretches out for about 200 acres. Mr. Chisholm says he first developed a love for tilling the soil as a young boy in school back in the 1950’s. It’s a love that would grow with him over the years. Armed with a pair of green thumbs he grows a variety of crops and vegetables on his farm, from sweet potatoes, to pumpkins, scallions, peppers and even cassava.
Cayman 27 contacted the Guinness World Records, who told us their records indicate that the current record is a 10 lbs 4 oz sweet potato which belonged to Peter Glazebrook a UK national, and was set back in September of 2011. When weight for Cayman 27 cameras the potato weighed in at a whopping 26 lbs 6 oz. The potato has not yet officially been weighted, nor has an official application been submitted to the Guinness World Record as of today February 24, 2016. Ergo, Mr. Glazebrook still holds the record.
Originally Mr Chisholm had agreed to share up his behemoth of a potato, with his family and friends, however after receiving the news that he might have a world record breaking tumor on his hands he is now closing guarding his prized vegetable.
Even if the potato does not break the world record, he is sure that he will have helped to weed out the negative thoughts about what Cayman’s soils can produce.