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Jun 17, 2012 01:50 PM

Seeded Watermelons

I used to buy these fantastic seeded watermelons at the Serramonte Farmers Market sold by Van Groningen & Sons.Seeded melons are supposedly sweeter than seedless. They stopped selling at the market several years ago and I'm finding it difficult to find seeded watermelons in SF. Does anyone know where to get them in SF or nearby? I know Van Groningen sells to Foodmax, but I think the nearest one is San Leandro.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      The vendor location can vary from year to year, that's why I posted it again.

    2. Full Belly Farms grows an large heirloom variety 'Crimson Sweet' and the flavor is fantastic. In season (July-Aug) I buy them at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers Market, and I presume they are sold at other farmers markets, maybe the Capay Valley stand at the Ferry Building.

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      1. re: Kayde

        Thanks Kayde, I'll check with them to see if they sell them in the city.

      2. Not fancy heirlooms, but Grocery Outlet had seeded as well as seedless watermelons today -- $3.99 each for big ones!

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Thanks so much Ruth...I'm going to check that out this week.

          1. re: Jim

            Just bought one today and tried it...deliciously sweet! The produce manager said they will carry the seeded all summer through Labor Day. Thanks again Ruth!

            1. re: Jim

              Oh good. I haven't cracked mine -- waiting until tomorrow.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Richmond Farmer's Market this morning ....... $4.00 for a large seeded watermelon.

        2. I bought a seeded watermelon grown by Van Groningen at Big John's Market in Healdsburg, haven't cut into it yet.

          But the reason I'm posting is that I saw a watermelon truck in San Francisco on Thursday. I was driving on Webster St. and it was parked and vending near the corner of Ellis, close to the Glad Tidings Church, around 6pm. I didn't stop but I noticed that the watermelons had an ovoid shape rather than the smallish round ones, so maybe they're seeded.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            This afternoon I bought two watermelons from this truck. Searching turned up this rec from srr,

            The watermelons are priced as medium ($8, on the camp chair) or large ($10, in arms). I bought one of each, asking for red, seeded ones. I asked how much the large one might weigh and was told at least 45 pounds.

            I asked the gentleman sitting in the truck cab if there was a name for his business, such as "Watermelon Man". He chuckled and said he would answer to "Watermelon Man & Sons." I pointed out that the young woman helping him had closed the sale and should get some credit, so he amended that to "Watermelon Man, Sons & Granddaughters". He said this was the first year that his grandkids have helped him. They carried the melons to my car for me.

            I asked where these were grown. The watermelons are from the area around Redding and Red Bluff. The Watermelon Man explained that they're grown at higher elevation under a lot of sun and heat, making them the sweetest ones I'll ever taste. I had no idea that Red Bluff/Chico/Redding watermelons were a "thing", but now I do.

            He also said that these are the last of the season for that area. His next load will be from south of here. He will continue selling watermelons at this spot until October 1.

            His truck bed still had plenty of watermelons when I left him at 5pm though not mounded up high where they can be seen through the wooden slats. He said he's here every day and would be working tomorrow on Labor Day too for last minute shoppers.

            I'm looking forward to cracking these open for tomorrow's wienie roast.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Best ever. Good for seed spitting. Great for sandia liquados with a squeeze of Meyer lemon.

              I am making pickled watermelon rind just for you.

          2. Happy Boy had them today at the Berkeley farmers market. $5 each.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Andronicos in SF on Irving St. is carrying seeded watermelons @ $4.99 each.