In September 2004, Mary Grams was working in her garden when she realized that something was missing.
The 84-year-old woman had been struggling with a particularly difficult, large weed and she suspects that sometime during the battle to unearth it, her diamond engagement ring slipped off.
"We looked high and low on our hands and knees," she told CBC. "We couldn't find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something happened to it."
Grams has had the ring since 1951, a year before she married her husband, Norman. Afraid that he'd be upset that she lost it, Grams quickly replaced the ring and never mentioned it again.
"I didn't tell him, even, because I thought for sure he'd give me heck or something," she said.
Grams assumed that she would never see the engagement ring again. So when her long lost engagement ring turned-up 13 years later, wrapped around a carrot no less, she was pretty surprised!
She had since moved away, but the farm has been in the family for 105 years and they still maintain a garden there.
It was actually her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, who happened to pull the collared carrot out of the ground 13 years later.
"I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law," Daley told CBC, "because no other women have lived on that farm.
"I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot."
Grams is now wearing her original engagement ring.
Grams thinks that her late husband, Norm, would have thought it was pretty funny. “Maybe he would’ve got a laugh out of this,” she said. Grams’ husband died five years ago.
Despite being buried in the ground and wrapped around a carrot all these years, the ring fits perfectly.