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But What of the Supermarket?



A few weeks ago a couple who were grinding our stumps (insert leering joke here) came up to me as I sat on my porch enjoying a lovely Macanudo Gold Label and asked, "Is that your watermelon patch?"

"Um . . . what?"

"You have a watermelon patch just outside your fence."

Sure enough there was a watermelon patch. Although, being city folk, we were not entirely sure they weren't plump cucumbers. We were mystified as to how the watermelon patch might have come to be, but we're going with the "construction workers spitting watermelon seeds," explanation, as opposed to our other options. (1-It's North Carolina, maybe watermelons just grow, like kudzu and bamboo, or 2- They are not watermelons at all but alien pods gestating a new master race.)

We waited and -- this will not shock the farmers among you -- the melons got bigger. Tonight was harvest time. I can report that this free-range, cruelty-free watermelon was pretty tasty. Obviously our complete lack of awareness or effort worked out well.

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  1. Blogger Ruth Anne Adams Says:

    I've often heard that the stolen watermelon tastes sweetest. I've never trusted that saying.

  2. Anonymous Winston Says:

    Yep, stolen right out of the patch in the middle of the night may even be better than "found" melons. We did that a few times when I was growing up and learning the code of survival. Maybe there's a psychological sweetness in them. Since they mature in the hottest part of summer, they are warm inside, even if you wait till midnight or after. We would grab a couple and run, go submerge them in a spring fed creek to cool them down. While they were chillin', so were we -- pretending we knew how to smoke.

    Many other things will come up "volunteer" as we say over here in TN. Punkins, corn, cukes, squash, and more...

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