It would be difficult if not impossible to purchase locally-grown watermelon where I live, in northern Virginia. It wasn’t always this way. When I lived in Georgia, during the season, I could buy a watermelon on virtually every street corner, more so outside of the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
Since China grows approximately 70% of the watermelon in the world it seems plausible that I would have stumbled upon one of its watermelons at some point in my life. This has not been the case because four states: Georgia, Texas, Florida, and California grow approximately 70% of the watermelon in the United States. When I lived in Georgia there was a good chance that any watermelon I ate was from Georgia and therefore somewhat local.
I spotted a container of Georgia-grown watermelons this week in Whole Foods in Arlington, Virginia. This is hardly the road side produce stand I remember from my youth. In fact, finding these melons so far from Georgia was a strange encounter.
I can here them singing in harmony:
p.s. Yes, I realize the sign with the price on it indicates “Grown in California” but I’m betting these watermelons travelled all the way from South Georgia in the box marked “Georgia Grown”. Besides if I don’t make this assumption this whole blog post falls apart. Keep the faith.