May 27, 2020 — LAGRANGE, GA – Sweet, refreshing Georgia watermelon is coming to a store near you in early June. The 2020 watermelon crop is expected to have the crisp, sweet flavor and high quality unique to Georgia watermelon.
While Georgia has had a cool spring, consumers should still start seeing Georgia Grown watermelons in stores the first week of June. The Georgia season typically peaks around June 20.
“We expect excellent quality and even more, we are eager to have a successful growing season,” said Rob Greene, Georgia Watermelon Association (GWA) President and owner of Lime Creek Farms in Arabi, Georgia.
Planting for Georgia’s watermelon crop began in March. From planting to harvest, watermelons typically need 90 days to grow, ripen, and be ready for harvest. With more than 18,000 acres of watermelon harvested on average each year, the state of Georgia ranks in the top 4 in the United States for production among Texas, Florida, and California.
Georgia watermelon is expected to hit stores by June 3. Consumers can pick up watermelon in local stores and markets throughout the southeast. The 2020 GWA Queen Ambassador, Lindsey Westberry, would normally be in stores this summer, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, she is helping consumers through serving in other ways in her local community.
Just before Memorial Day, Westberry joined with members of the National Guard at Second Harvest of South Georgia (SHSG) to pack food boxes for the local community in Valdosta, Georgia. SHSG provides more than 3 million meals to those with food insecurity.
“Having the opportunity to give back to my community alongside many of our service men and women was truly a blessing,” she said. “I believe in living a life of use to others and I look forward to continuing to bring smiles to people’s faces through watermelon.”
On social media, Westberry will be putting together many recipes, safety and how-to tutorials so consumers can enjoy their local watermelon.
“It’s more important now than ever to support your local economy – and we do that from purchasing in season produce like watermelon when it comes in stores,” said Samantha Kilgore, GWA Executive Director. “Let watermelon help cool you off this summer and rest assured that your local growers do everything they can to provide a safe, sweet, and satisfying product!”