Georgia produces watermelons on more than 30,000 acres across the state, with each acre yielding between 35,000-50,000 pounds of melons. After two years of extreme weather during their season, farmers across the state are reporting higher yield and quality this year according to the Georgia Watermelon Association in LaGrange.
“The weather for this year’s growing season has been good so far,” Rob Greene, association president and owner of Lime Creek Farms, Arabi, Ga. “It is getting hot quickly, and that is watermelon weather.”
Virtually all of Georgia’s watermelons are grown in the southern half of the state, centered three hours southwest of Augusta in Crisp County.
Watermelons – as the name implies – are mostly water – over 90%, so they are naturally an excellent source of hydration. They are also low in calories and are good sources of Vitamins A and C.
If you are considering growing your own seedless watermelons, hopefully you have a good relationship with some honey bees. A bee has to pollinate a seedless watermelon seven times from a seeded watermelon before the seedless watermelon is ripe and ready to eat.
This June Cordele, Georgia, is celebrating 70 years of the Watermelon Days Festival. Click for all the events of the month leading up to the grand finale celebration with July 4 fireworks on the beautiful Flint River)