CHARLOTTE – You know summer has fully arrived when fresh North Carolina (N.C.) watermelons are on the market. To celebrate these seasonal favorites, the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market will host Watermelon Day Friday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visitors will be treated to free watermelon samples, giveaways and recipes. They can also enjoy scavenger hunts, take their picture with the 2023 N.C. Watermelon Queen Gracy Peterson and have an opportunity to meet the farmers who grow these delicious and refreshing melons.
North Carolina ranks fifth in watermelon production in the United States, generating more than $55.6 million in farm income. Look for North Carolina watermelons where you shop and at farmers markets and roadside stands.
The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering shoppers locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, wines and specialty foods, plus seasonal products from N.C. nurseries, greenhouses and Christmas tree farms. The market is located at 1801 Yorkmont Road, easily accessible from South Tryon Street, Tyvola Road, Interstate 77 and I-85.