Texas Watermelons Down on the Farm

The Wiggins Farm down in Snook, Texas has been growing watermelons for over 45 years.  Not much has changed in those years, which is probably why they are so successful, selling over 3 million watermelons every season.

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There are 2 Wiggins Watermelon Farms, where every season, they contract out helpers to pick and load watermelons.  It’s hard work that makes for a long day, up to 18hrs a day in fact.  And when you’re picking, loading, and delivering over 3 million watermelons, it takes every bit of the season & people to get it done.

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Unlike some other watermelon farms that seed their soil, Wiggins Farms start their seeds in a green house for about a month and then moved to the fields, to ensure a strong watermelon plant, where they will grow for 60 days. Wiggins Farms grow both seeded and seedless watermelons.

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If you live in Texas, then you may have already seen some of the Wiggins Farms watermelons!  It’s so much fun seeing local produce in our walmart stores.  If you are seeing a watermelon from another state, it simply means that the local growers could not keep up with the supply and demand and they have to go to the next big watermelon producer in the states; California, Florida, Arizona to name a few.

Have you ever gone to a watermelon farm to pick out your watermelons?

Creamy Watermelon Sherbert

Creamy Watermelon Sherbet

Ingredients

5 cups watermelon puree (about 1 large watermelon)
1 ½ tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ teaspoons fresh lime juice

Instructions

Soften gelatin in ½ cup of the watermelon puree. Let stand 5 minutes at room temperature and then heat gently to dissolve gelatin. Cool slightly. Add remaining watermelon puree, sugar, nutmeg, lemon juice and milk to gelatin mixture. Freeze in ice cream freezer according to appliance directions.

 

Watermelon Popsicles

 Watermelon Popsicles

Simple frozen fun.

Ingredients

1 watermelon
chunks of fresh fruit (try grapes, strawberries, or kiwi fruit)

Instructions

Puree watermelon and pour into popsicle molds. Drop in chunks of fresh fruit, insert caps and place in freezer. Serve when frozen.

 

Recipes from the National Watermelon Association website. 

 

Disclosure: I am an official Walmart Mom. Walmart has provided me with compensation and gift card in return for my time & efforts to create this post. Opinions are my own, always.

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