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Watermelon

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  • Watermelon, Bozeman (Organic)

    Watermelon, Bozeman (Organic)

    $3.50$48.00
    Citrullus lanatus.  70-80 days.

    Light-green skinned watermelon with some speckles. Oblong slightly pear-shaped fruit are large (10-30 lbs) for such an early melon. Good flavor with few seeds and pink-red flesh. Fruit keep for a month or two. Ripens well in our cool Oregon summers with similar maturity to other early watermelons like Blacktail Mountain and Early Moonbeam. It is hard to grow good watermelons west of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest, so it is great to have another variety that likes it here. The result of a breeding project initiated by Ken Fisher of Fisher’s Seed in Belgrade, Montana. According to his daughter Judy, Bozeman is a sister line selected by her uncle while the variety Far North was selected by her father. Thanks to Kendall Cikanek for the historical intel.


  • Watermelon, Early Moonbeam

    Watermelon, Early Moonbeam (Organic)

    $3.50$18.50
    Citrullus lanatus.  75 days.

    Delicious, sweet, yellow-fleshed watermelon. 5-8 lb fruit have an attractive light-green skin with dark-green tiger stripes, which makes them easy to tell apart from the red melons. An early-maturing melon that is cool weather tolerant, always seems to ripen in our short growing season, and is always sweet – probably the sweetest watermelon we offer. This excellence is probably because the variety was bred by Dr. Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds here in Oregon. Dehybridized from Yellow Doll F1, a favorite of organic farmers in the Pacific Northwest. Highly recommended by us for farms and gardens everywhere, we can’t say enough.


  • Katanya Watermelon

    Watermelon, Katanya (Organic)

    $3.50$48.00
    Citrullus lanatus.  75 days.

    Round “ice box” type fruit reach 10-15 lbs, and average 10″ in diameter. Dark green, nearly black rind. Fruit have a pinkish red, sweet flesh that is quite tasty. Watermelon aficionados know that Russian watermelons are something special. This Russian heirloom is early and vines are quite vigorous, producing a lot of fruit until frost. Comparable to Blacktail Mountain but with larger fruit. We thank Terroir Seed for introducing us to this gem of a melon. Originally from a woman named Katanya who lives in northern Illinois.


  • Nancy Watermelon
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    Watermelon, Nancy (Organic)

    $3.50$6.50
    Citrullus lanatus. 90 days.

    The quintessential watermelon – classic flavor and so sweet! Green striped oval fruit with pink fresh and white seeds grow to 25 lbs. Thin rind means you can eat almost all the way to the skin, however it also means that it does not store super long or travel well. Said to have excellent drought and disease resistance, it grew well for us in challenging conditions with no trouble. An heirloom from the 1880s, when Nancy Tate discovered this variety growing in a cotton field in Georgia. Has had a few stints of commercial availability but is not currently available elsewhere. Our original seed was given to us by melon enthusiast, Jeremiah Johnson of Lebanon, Oregon.


  • Watermelon, Small Shining Light

    Watermelon, Small Shining Light (Organic)

    $3.50$48.00
    Citrullus lanatus. 75-85 days.

    Dark green rind, light red flesh. Another Russian heirloom variety that is good for northern gardens, Small Shining Light is said to store well once picked. Round fruit weigh up to 15 lbs, though most are closer to 8 lbs. We think the name comes from the bright yellow ground spot on the fruit, which looks a lot like the light of a flashlight in a dark night. Some of the fruit will ripen early so stay on top of harvest. This variety was introduced to the US by the Seed Savers Exchange in 1991.

    Seed produced by Sunset Lane Farm in Brownsville, Oregon.


  • Watermelon, Winter King and Queen (Organic)

    Watermelon, Winter King and Queen (Organic)

    $3.50$48.00
    Citrullus lanatus.  90-100 days.

    A unique and rare winter keeper melon. With light-green skin and pink-red flesh, these melons have a good sweetness and excellent flavor. Some refer to this type of melon as a Christmas melon because it will often store once picked well into December. We have definitely eaten them for Thanksgiving and beyond. Late maturing for the Northwest but this is no problem if you pick them with the winter squash before frost in October. According to Washington State University trials, it is high yielding in quantity of fruit and total marketable weight. They also reported it to be crack resistant with an average weight of 9 lbs per melon. Winter King and Queen is the variety preferred by Mennonites in the Midwest for traditional watermelon pickles (both sliced vinegar pickles and brined whole fruit), as it is the most similar to the type of melon early immigrants would have used. The vinegar pickle using Winter King and Queen is now listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Once sold by R.H. Shumway’s, and Nichols Garden Nursery but no longer. We have been saving this seed since 2003 and are excited to have reintroduced it!