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Happy National Watermelon Day!

Watermelon is a summer staple

No picnic or barbecue is complete without a cool, luscious slice of watermelon. Every bite is worth sticky fingers, piles of seeds and little streams of red running down chins.

Aug. 3 is National Watermelon Day, so if you are looking for a good excuse for a summer celebration, this is it! It’s so refreshing and delicious, there’s a whole day devoted to it!


PICKING THE PERFECT WATERMELON

  • Look for symmetrical round, oval, or oblong melons with a buttery yellow underbelly.

  • When a melon is picked up, it should feel heavy for its size.

  • Avoid melons with soft spots or bruises.

Here's a few Local Farmers Markets to look for this sweet sweet melons to top off your summer day:

Polk County Bounty Market

May-September, Thursdays 10-3

May-September, Thursdays 10-3

Dallas, OR (503) 623-2564

Rickreall Farmers Market 

May-November, Sundays 9-2

280 Pacific Hwy W, Rickreall, OR

(541) 745-7274

Independence Riverview Market

April-November, Saturdays 9-2

50 C Street, Independence, OR


The Original Independence Farmers Market

April-November, Saturdays 9-2

302 S Main Street, Independence, OR

(503) 881-9950


Fruit Bowls and Skewers are the perfect summer snack!

Grab some other fresh fruits chop 'em up and you've got your self a delicious snack anytime of day.


Is Watermelon a fruit…or a vegetable?

Weird but true—watermelon meets the criteria for both. Watermelon is a member of the Cucurbitaceae plant family of gourds (think cucumber, squash, and pumpkin). It’s planted from seeds, harvested, and picked—grown as a vegetable crop. Watermelon is also the fruit of a plant, grown on vines. Because it is a type of melon, it is considered a fruit. So, which is it: a fruit or a vegetable? Both!


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