Sunny weather yields a sweet watermelon crop in Smith County

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Weather is key to Smith County’s prized watermelons.

Brenda Langham and her family have been selling Smith County watermelons and other produce from Jackson’s Old Farmers’ Market for decades. So 3 on Your Side went straight to the source to find out how this year’s crop is doing.

“When the watermelons hit the vine, we had sunshine,” Brenda Langham explained. “And when he grew up, he grew up by the sun. The sun is what makes watermelon so sweet. If you get a lot of rain during this time when it’s on the vine, then it’s not as mild. But this year, it worked well for watermelons, tomatoes, everything had the sun that made it ripen.

Long-time guests say it’s a can’t-miss part of their vacation plans every year.

“Yes, it’s the Fourth of July tradition,” noted Frederick Haskin. “I have to get a watermelon from Brenda’s Produce. Nicest in town.

“I came to get the watermelon, peaches and tomatoes, and a bit of everything she has,” said customer Maureen Dickerson. “She is the best.”

“My dad always told everyone who comes here. They would say, ‘Mr. Herman, pick me a good watermelon,” Langham explained. “He said, ‘Okay,’ and he did. And he said, ‘But now I’m going to tell you something.’ »

“The only way to find out is to put the pocket knife on it and put a piece in your mouth,” Langham’s father, Herman Cockrell, said in 2008.

So Langham pulled out a knife while we were in the pits on Monday.

“This is what a Smith County watermelon looks like when it’s a good watermelon,” she said as she opened the cut melon. “See the red, the dark seed, the texture; that’s wonderful. This watermelon is going to be so sweet and so good.

Brenda’s Produce is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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