Texas producer takes pride in growing sweet slices of summer

July is National Watermelon Month! It is time to meet Darren Wiggins, an East Texas producer who works tirelessly to grow one of summer’s sweetest treats.

Nothing tastes quite like summer more than farm-fresh watermelon! Farmers like Darren Wiggins are the producers behind the scenes, growing summer smiles with every sweet slice consumed.

“Getting up in the morning and seeing the social media posts about people happy with a watermelon at the beach or at a birthday party or just a family event—that’s probably the most rewarding thing about growing watermelons,” Wiggins said.

His family farm, located in the Rio Grande Valley, harvests approximately 35 to 40 million pounds of the summer staple every season.

“If they need them, we’ll ship them to them,” Wiggins said. He says his watermelons have been sent to H-E-B, Walmart, Sprouts, and even as far as Canada.

The Lone Star State grower even shared his tips for picking the best version of the fruit in the store, telling consumers to look for watermelons that are filled out with a stained belly.


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