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Watermelon
Watermelon
The Lincoln/Boston Summer Youth Program came to a close this Wednesday, with a final celebration of food, fun, and family. In the evening the farm was filled with the family and loved ones of the 60 youth who participated in the program this summer. They shared highlights from the 7 and a half weeks they spent growing food for many people in the greater Boston area. The farm staff will surely miss them as we gear up one of the busiest part of the season yet, but we are also excited to welcome volunteers to the farm as our fall Serve and Grow season begins soon. I would like to take this space to write on behalf of all of the farm staff and thank the SYP for their hard work and dedication.

Watermelon

People are often surprised when they realize watermelons can grow in New England. Often associated with very warm, almost desert-like climates, the first recorded watermelon harvest happened in Egypt 5,000 years ago. By the 10th century, watermelon found its way to China, which is now the world's number one producer of watermelons. Worldwide, over 1,200 varieties of watermelons are grown in 96 countries.

In terms of nutrition, watermelon has no fat or cholesterol and is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C and contains fiber and potassium. In some Asian countries, especially in China, the rind and seeds are also consumed. The rind is sautéed or pickled and the seeds are toasted and eaten as a snack.

Here at the farm, we grow three different varieties of watermelon: a large sized one called Crimson Sweet, a smaller yellow variety called Sunshine and a smaller red variety (dark green in the outside) called Sugar Baby. Watermelons should be handled with care as they can bruise easily. The best way to make sure a watermelon gets eaten around the house is to cut it and have it ready in the fridge. I like to cut it in half, cover one half with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for later. Cut the other half in cubes or slices and have it ready for dessert. For more ideas and fun facts about watermelon visit www.watermelon.org. Yes, watermelon even has its own website!

Watermelon Iced Tea

Combine one part of your favorite iced tea and one part watermelon puree.
Serve chilled. Add a few mint leaves if desired.

Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon & chunks of other fruit (grapes, peaches, strawberries)
Puree watermelon and pour into popsicle molds. Drop in chunks of fruit. Serve when frozen.

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