Fruit of the vine


Dozens of ripe, delicious watermelons are still coming out of the field in Sampson County, where some 1,000 acres of the juicy fruit is grown each year. According to Allan Thornton, agent with Sampson’s Cooperative Extension Service, Sampson grows some 1,000 acres of watermelons each year, yielding, on average, 3.4 million of the melons. While melons are generally harvested from early July through the middle of August, some farmers plant later, meaning that melons are often available around here all the way to Labor Day. Thornton said melons are grown across the county, but the largest concentration of them is just south of Clinton near the Mt. Gilead and Turkey areas. This year, he said, melons are bringing an average to slightly above average price for farmers.


Dozens of ripe, delicious watermelons are still coming out of the field in Sampson County, where some 1,000 acres of the juicy fruit is grown each year. According to Allan Thornton, agent with Sampson’s Cooperative Extension Service, Sampson grows some 1,000 acres of watermelons each year, yielding, on average, 3.4 million of the melons. While melons are generally harvested from early July through the middle of August, some farmers plant later, meaning that melons are often available around here all the way to Labor Day. Thornton said melons are grown across the county, but the largest concentration of them is just south of Clinton near the Mt. Gilead and Turkey areas. This year, he said, melons are bringing an average to slightly above average price for farmers.

Dozens of ripe, delicious watermelons are still coming out of the field in Sampson County, where some 1,000 acres of the juicy fruit is grown each year. According to Allan Thornton, agent with Sampson’s Cooperative Extension Service, Sampson grows some 1,000 acres of watermelons each year, yielding, on average, 3.4 million of the melons. While melons are generally harvested from early July through the middle of August, some farmers plant later, meaning that melons are often available around here all the way to Labor Day. Thornton said melons are grown across the county, but the largest concentration of them is just south of Clinton near the Mt. Gilead and Turkey areas. This year, he said, melons are bringing an average to slightly above average price for farmers.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Watermelon1-1.jpgDozens of ripe, delicious watermelons are still coming out of the field in Sampson County, where some 1,000 acres of the juicy fruit is grown each year. According to Allan Thornton, agent with Sampson’s Cooperative Extension Service, Sampson grows some 1,000 acres of watermelons each year, yielding, on average, 3.4 million of the melons. While melons are generally harvested from early July through the middle of August, some farmers plant later, meaning that melons are often available around here all the way to Labor Day. Thornton said melons are grown across the county, but the largest concentration of them is just south of Clinton near the Mt. Gilead and Turkey areas. This year, he said, melons are bringing an average to slightly above average price for farmers.
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