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Nothin' Better Than Blackeyed Peas & Watermelons


Sometimes people wonder how I got into this business. It's very simple I like to eat. And I worry about some people; I don't believe they eat. Of course everybody knows how to enjoy some fresh strawberries at the Poteet Strawberry Festival. Maybe some of red ripe tomatoes that are getting ready now. Maybe even some real fresh sweet corn.

There are a lot of people who really don't know how to eat and those are the people that don't know that the best things in the world probably are black-eyed peas and watermelons.

We have some black-eyed peas here and some skeptics say, "Well the reason I don't eat black-eyed peas is because I have to shell them and boy it sure does take a lot of shelling to get a few peas." Well that's not necessarily true anymore because we have a machine that can do it. We'll flip that on for you and just let you see how simple it is. It actually works and saves you a lot of time.

Now, black-eyed peas are good, but watermelons are a lot better. And people make mistakes though; they go down to the supermarket and they see a big 'ol watermelon like that and a little bitty watermelon like that and they say this must be the best one (the bigger one). And you break this one open and it looks pretty good on the inside but there is one real serious problem with it, look at the black seeds.

And this one that they decided not to buy is a breakthrough in horticulture and it is a beautiful seedless watermelon. No seeds except these little bitty immature edible seeds and they are the best thing you ever saw. They haven't been on the market very long. There's only one place they're available in the local area and that's Verstuyft Farms at the corner of 1604 and 35 south down the access road. The telephone number is 622-3423. You better get these seedless watermelons this week because if you don't there may not be any left. Now some people tell me they are better than sex; they're right.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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