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I started gathering some of these last week. Another load will finish most of the larger ones, and there will be about 3 loads of smaller-than-a-basketball sized ones thanks to the heat and drought. The early patch had very few Crimson Sweet keepers. Most were just too small. I have been gathering them in 5 gallon buckets and taking most of them to the cows.

They do have a great taste. I just need more buyers. They are moving slow like many things connected to the economy. Well, the cows, us, close friends and neighbors will enjoy them :!:
Too bad I can't can or freeze them. :idea: :(


 
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Sure, post these pics AFTER I've had my evening snack :lol: :lol: Looks like a good load there Jim. Guess I'll have to stop by the farm stand tomorrow ;)
 

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Sure, post these pics AFTER I've had my evening snack :lol: :lol: Looks like a good load there Jim. Guess I'll have to stop by the farm stand tomorrow ;)
Swing by this way Ron and we'll put a few in that new rig of yours :!: :D
 
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Sure, post these pics AFTER I've had my evening snack :lol: :lol: Looks like a good load there Jim. Guess I'll have to stop by the farm stand tomorrow ;)
Swing by this way Ron and we'll put a few in that new rig of yours :!: :D
Wish I could Jim. Sure love to meet you and the misses. We'd have a good ole chat over a plate of that melon ;) ;)
 

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Jim those mellows look good . Look as good if not better than any seen on the market today .
 

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Any wine makers in your neck of the woods? That would make some fine watermelon wine.
 

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Jimmy those are beautiful, are those some sugarbaby's that I see? I could be wrong... I'm no expert with identifying melons on the outside... though I would consider myself a "self-taught connoisseur" when it comes to identifying a fine tasting one. It looks like the late ones came in very nicely, definitely something to be proud of.
 

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Brandon, the striped ones are Crimson Sweet, and the green ones are Ledmons, an heirloom. Ledmons are what my grandaddys, great-grandaddys, uncles, great-uncles, and the melon farmers grew when I was growing up. People that remember them will buy them over anything one has.
They are susceptable to the "wilt" and have a very thin rind. These things made it impossible for them to be shipped and grown commercially.
One has to guess where to plant them, and experience is a great teacher. You could plant an acre of them and wind up with nothing or a bumper crop if the land is free of viruses and bacteria.
I have many more small ones than large ones, and will never sell them all. They are ripening fast. We picked up a load of Veronas from the early patch today, and shoulda got a load out of the late patch too. I can store them for about 10 days, and most will be good. I just need more people to stop when they see me on the side of the road :!: :D
 

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Freezing melons (All types)
cut up into bite size chunks and place on a greased of sprayed cookie sheet freeze overnight remove and bag. eat just starting to thaw (slushee)
 

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Ernie, NC is full of wine makers. Most grapes are grown on former tobacco fields. I don't know if watermelon wine has ever been made, but watermelon wine sounds fine :!: :D
 

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Ernie, NC is full of wine makers. Most grapes are grown on former tobacco fields. I don't know if watermelon wine has ever been made, but watermelon wine sounds fine :!: :D
Made it, Drank it, and yea it is real good. OOPS Sorry Betty :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Ernie, does the huge amount of water in watermelons cause the winemaking process to be more difficult?
 
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