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Seeded Watermelons

Jim Jun 17, 2012 01:50 PM

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. Robert Lauriston RE: Jim Jun 17, 2012 02:25 PM

    Same question from last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794539

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      Jim RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 19, 2012 10:43 AM

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

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      Kayde RE: Jim Jun 19, 2012 01:22 PM

      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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        Jim RE: Kayde Jun 19, 2012 11:03 PM

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

      2. Ruth Lafler RE: Jim Jul 1, 2012 08:22 PM

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

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          Jim RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 1, 2012 09:13 PM

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

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            Jim RE: Jim Jul 3, 2012 05:38 PM

            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!

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              Ruth Lafler RE: Jim Jul 3, 2012 08:59 PM

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

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                gordon wing RE: Ruth Lafler Jul 6, 2012 10:12 AM

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

        2. Melanie Wong RE: Jim Jul 28, 2012 02:17 PM

          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.

          1. Robert Lauriston RE: Jim Jul 28, 2012 02:20 PM

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

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              Jim RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 29, 2012 12:31 PM

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

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