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Watermelon Fries

Twist up your average watermelon by adding a little heat and cool down with a tasty dip treat.

Ingredients:

1 whole watermleon

1 package cream cheese

1 cup powedered sugar

1 lime juice and zest

A Pinch of Chili Powder

Instructions:

Deconstruct your watermelon into fry shapes and sprinkle with a small amount of chili powder.

With an electric mixer, whip cream cheese and powdered sugar together until the mixture is smooth. Add lime juice and zest, dip and enjoy!

watermelon, blueberry and feta salad

Patriotic Fruit Salad

Nothing is quite as refreshing on a hot summer day as a watermelon salad. For a simple and quick salad, follow the instructions below.

Ingredients:

1/2 large watermlon

4 oz. blueberries

4 oz. feta

1 cup lime juice

Instructions:

Add watermelon, blueberries, and feta into a large bowl. Toss with lime juice and serve cold.

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

Fruit Sparklers

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

These fruit sparklers are sure to be the star of your 4th of July festivities. They’re easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 whole watermelon

16 oz fresh blueberries

Skewers

Instructions:

Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick, vertical slices. Then use a small star shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes. This is possible to achieve from making a star out of a knife, which we wish you luck on this endeavor!

Add about 10 blueberries onto your skewers, and leave a bit of room at the bottom for room to hold.

Add your watermelon star to the top of the skewer and your fruit sparklers are ready to go. Cover and refrigerate for a later snack. Enjoy!

Pick the Perfect Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! The perfect refreshing  snack, barbecue side dish or treat for sunny days. Watermelon is a summertime essential. Make sure your watermelon is ripe and delicious by following these FOUR steps while selecting your perfect melon.

  1. Look for field spot: The field spot is the yellow spot where the melon rested on the ground. Ripe melons have a creamy yellow or orangish spots, not white.
  2. Look for webbing: The brown web-like spots on the melon mean that bees touched the melon several times. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon will be.
  3. Look for a round melon: Oblong melons often have a watery taste. Round melons typically are sweeter.
  4. Choose an average size: It’s best to choose neither the largest or smallest melons. Choose a melon that is average in size and feels heavy.

Pick the Perfect Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! The perfect refreshing  snack, barbecue side dish or treat for sunny days. Watermelon is a summertime essential. Make sure your watermelon is ripe and delicious by following these FOUR steps while selecting your perfect melon.

  1. Look for field spot: The field spot is the yellow spot where the melon rested on the ground. Ripe melons have a creamy yellow or orangish spots, not white.
  2. Look for webbing: The brown web-like spots on the melon mean that bees touched the melon several times. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon will be.
  3. Look for a round melon: Oblong melons often have a watery taste. Round melons typically are sweeter.
  4. Choose an average size: It’s best to choose neither the largest or smallest melons. Choose a melon that is average in size and feels heavy.

Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad

A tasty trio mixed together in this simply delicious spring salad.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups feta, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp mint, chopped

Cut the watermelon and cucumbers. Combine into bowl with mint. Make dressing.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey

Pour dressing over watermelon, cucumber, mint mixture and lightly stir. Add in feta and gently stir to combine.

 

Labor Day is almost here

Are you looking for ways to celebrate this Labor Day holiday? A family BBQ, a picnic, swimming or going on a hike are fun ways to spend the holiday. With it being the last holiday before the weather changes families will spend time outside cooking their favorite meals. Here are some suggestions for you Labor Day weekend:

Host a BBQ: Perhaps in your backyard with friends and family.

Patriotic theme: Use lots of Use lots of red, white and blue fruits such as watermelon, blueberries or strawberries for your smorgasbord.

Get Outdoors: If the weather is great take a picnic to a pool or splash pad and let the kids enjoy the warm weather. Consider going on a family friendly hike and take your lunch with you. It is always fun to find a place in the mountains or under some trees to eat.

Also try making Watermelon popsicles as a fun treat with your kids. Click here to get the details.

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How to pick the perfect watermelon

Labor Day is not only your chance for a last summertime hurrah, it’s also one of the last times you can enjoy delicious, local watermelon. Whether barbequing in the backyard, lounging at the lake, or munching in the mountains, a juicy watermelon, picked at the peak of freshness by a local grower, is a tasty compliment to your activity.

Tips for selecting the perfect watermelon:

  • Look for the yellow bottom. The rough, flat, discolored part is where the watermelon rested against the ground. If this part is green or white, the watermelon wasn’t given enough time to ripen.
  • Pick a heavy one. If a watermelon seems heavier than it should, this is a sign that the watermelon has more water, making it juicier and likely sweeter too.
  • Avoid lumps. Choose a watermelon with a uniform roundness. Lumpy or irregular watermelons can indicate less than ideal growing conditions.
  • Remember, dull is good. Shinny watermelons are typically immature watermelons. Look for a watermelon with a dull, slightly rough exterior.
  • Thump away. While this method can take time to master, knock on your watermelon like it was a door; a tenor, hollow resonance is ideal while deep and dead or high and thin can be signs of a poor melon.

If in doubt, ask your friendly produce associate to cut a melon and give you a sample. Precut watermelon is also available and can be a great way to inspect the watermelon meat to ensure it is juicy, with a deep red color. Be aware, however, that once a watermelon is cut it should be kept refrigerated and eaten as soon as possible, no more than 3-4 days, for best results. Whole watermelons can be stored in the fridge or a cool area for up to a week.

 

Tasty Watermelon Slush

Watermelon is a summer staple, right next to swimming by the cool with a refreshing drink in hand. What if you could incorporate all those things into one? A Refreshing watermelon drink that is perfect for everyone around the pool.

This watermelon slush is delicious and super easy to make. A great drink that you can make with your kids that will only take five minutes to make. Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it’s made from actual watermelon with little sugar (compared to other drinks out there).

What are you waiting for? Take that cut up watermelon, throw it in your blender and make some of this delicious watermelon slush for your family and get out to the pool today.

Watermelon Slush

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine watermelon, sugar, lime juice and 1 cup ice in blender until smooth.

Serve immediately.

 

Tasty Watermelon Slush

Watermelon is a summer staple, right next to swimming by the cool with a refreshing drink in hand. What if you could incorporate all those things into one? A Refreshing watermelon drink that is perfect for everyone around the pool.

This watermelon slush is delicious and super easy to make. A great drink that you can make with your kids that will only take five minutes to make. Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it’s made from actual watermelon with little sugar (compared to other drinks out there).

What are you waiting for? Take that cut up watermelon, throw it in your blender and make some of this delicious watermelon slush for your family and get out to the pool today.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine watermelon, sugar, lime juice and 1 cup ice in blender until smooth.

Serve immediately.