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.
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.
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.
Here's a look inside part of the 50-pound watermelon grown in Red Bluff/Redding, cracked open, from Watermelon Man, Sons & Granddaughters. Many of the Labor Day crowd expressed their delight on seeing an old-fashioned watermelon with seeds on the buffet table. And even more appreciation for the fine flavor and crisp texture.
I made watermelon juice with the rest of it and it was so sweet, we added a squeeze of Meyer lemon to balance the flavors. The thick rinds should made fine watermelon pickles.
Since this thread's been updated, I'll mention that recently, I've had some good, smaller seeded red watermelons from River Dog, bought at the Berkeley farmers' market. They're organic, priced at $1/lb with a maximum price of $5 (so larger melons are a better deal; the largest I've had was probably around 10 lbs).