February 29, 2008 – Melon Farm

All about melons!


Here’s one of the few photos of the two of us together on the trip.


This melon farm was on a floodplain adjacent to a river.  Across the river (which isn’t visible in this photo) is a national park.  It was a stunning place for a farm field.

melonfarm
These melons are ready for harvest.  This farm needs five melons per square meter to be profitable.


The farm had a number of beehives for pollination.  The river had a number of large mean reptiles up to 15 feet long that make it not such a good place to swim.

melon wagon
The melons all loaded in the wagon and hauled to the packing house.


The side of the wagon is tilted down and the melons tumble into a light chlorine bath.


The first round of hand sorting as the melons float by.

melon processing
The melons are packed and sold according to size (how many fit in a box).  These were labeled “Honeydew” melons destined for Europe, even though they looked like squash, they tasted like a honeydew melon.

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2 thoughts on “February 29, 2008 – Melon Farm

  1. The chlorine acts as a disinfectant to kill or reduce any bacteria or other critters on the exterior of the melon.

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