Posts tagged Watermelon Day

How to pick the perfect N.C. watermelon

From slices and seed-spitting contests to watermelon salsa and pickled rinds, no matter how you enjoy watermelon there’s no denying it’s a big part of the summer season. North Carolina is the eighth-largest producer of watermelons in the nation, and more than 249 million pounds of watermelon were grown in the state in 2012. In […]

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Q&A with Fred Cole, manager of the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, one of four state-operated farmers markets in North Carolina, has a new manager. In late April, Fred Cole replaced Arlene Haigler, who had served as acting manager since 2012, when longtime manager Frank Suddreth retired. Cole comes to Charlotte from Upstate New York, where he was the general manager of […]

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News Roundup: July 28-Aug. 3

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Record watermelon tips the scale at 232 pounds,” News & Observer: A whopping 232 pounds. That’s the weight of […]

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Watermelons, peaches, tomatoes and more available at local farmers markets

Robert and Adam Worley of Cerro Gordo walked away with the top prize in the largest-watermelon contest held yesterday during Watermelon Day at the State Farmers Market. The Worleys’ 212-pound melon enjoyed the awe of everyone at the event, and earned the duo $1,000. If you missed the contest, the prize melon will be on […]

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What’s your favorite summer crop?

Today was Watermelon Day at the WNC Farmers Market. Visitors were able to enjoy free samples of fresh N.C. watermelon, receive nutritional information and take home watermelon recipes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. N.C. Watermelon Queen Alycia McLamb also was on hand to promote local melons. In addition, there were drawings for whole watermelons […]

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Enjoy N.C. peaches and watermelons this July

You know its July in North Carolina when peaches and watermelons pop up at farmers markets across the state. Today, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market celebrated the season with Peach Day. Market visitors were able to sample local peaches, try some Howling Cow peach ice cream and meet N.C. Peach Queen Katie Parsons. The Charlotte […]

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Largest watermelon weighs in at 184 pounds

Yesterday, the State Farmers Market hosted its annual Watermelon Day with free watermelon slices, free activity books and a visit from N.C. Watermelon Queen Madelyn Varner. The main attraction of the celebration, however, was the largest-watermlon contest. Dozens of spectators braved the midday heat with watermelon slices in-hand to watch six sizable challengers weigh in. Each watermelon weighed more than 130 […]

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News Roundup: July 10-16

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “N.C. swine farms not making energy from waste,” WRAL-TV: A North Carolina program to turn pig waste into power has […]

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Photos from the Field: Seed-spitting contest

Fourth of July celebrations are perfect for eating watermelon, and North Carolina has plenty of the tasty treat. In fact, North Carolina is the eighth-largest producer of watermelon in the nation. If you didn’t eat watermelon over the holiday weekend, don’t worry; there are several watermelon events planned over the coming weeks for you to get your fill. One […]

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Watermelon Day at the State Farmers Market Thursday, Aug. 6

The State Farmers Market’s annual Watermelon Day might as well be called “What a melon!” Day, as the annual celebration will crown the state’s largest watermelon Thursday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will also be able to sample fresh slices of watermelon, pick up recipes and meet the N.C. Watermelon Queen […]

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