North Carolina Watermelon Association


Watermelon is the fruit of summer!

Congratulations to 2018 NC Watermelon Queen Katie

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — Katie Honeycutt, the 2018 North Carolina Watermelon Queen, is the new National Watermelon Queen.

Honeycutt, 21, was chosen from the eight watermelon queens who’ve represented their state/regional groups over the past year. She was crowned Feb. 24 during the awards banquet at the National Watermelon Association Conference, which was off the mainland for the first time in 105 years.

Honeycutt will represent the association in promoting watermelons at events ranging from festivals, retail store samplings and even visits with legislators as ambassadors for the industry.

She’s majoring in agriculture education and agribusiness management at North Carolina State University. Honeycutt is the daughter of Barry and JoAnne Honeycutt of Angier, North Carolina.

our own Katie Honeycutt has been crowned Natioanl Watermelon Queen 2019

2019 Watermelon Days at State Farmer Markets


  • July 12th – Charlotte Farmers Market

  • July 19th – Piedmont-Triad Farmers Market

  • July 26th – Asheville Farmers Market

  • August 1st – Raleigh Farmers Market

About the NCWA

The objectives of the NCWA are: to promote watermelon consumption in North Carolina and the U.S., to provide support for the NC State watermelon research and extension programs, and to host the annual meeting where members can share information on watermelon research, production, and marketing.

NCWA membership is open to growers, shippers, buyers, seed companies, and associated groups interested in watermelon production.

Image taken at the 2018 Convention. Come and join the NCWA!

Join the NCWA

NCWA membership is open to growers, shippers, buyers, seed companies, and associated groups interested in watermelon production.

Click here to download the
membership application form.

Iamge Description

Board of Directors

Chairman

James Sharp 
Fresh-Pik Produce
7802 Sadie Road
Kenly, NC 27542
Phone: 252- 237-1260
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President

James Brake
Georgia-Pacific Corrugated
5738 Radford Rd
Lucama, NC 27851
336-302-5423
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1st Vice President

Frank Howell
Howell Farms
164 Frankies Lane
Goldsboro, NC  27530
Phone: 919-921-0457
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2nd Vice President

Mike Marks
Marks Produce
22833 Popes Station Road
Capron, VA 23829
Phone: 757-641-8206
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Co-Executive Director

Bonnie Holloman
P.O. Box 58220
Raleigh, NC 27658
Phone: 919-607-1370
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Co-Executive Director, Convention & Event Coordinator

Cathy Price Horton
P.O. Box 58220
Raleigh, NC 27658
Phone: 919-413-9544
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Queen Promotions Coordinator

Sharon B Rogers
945 Woodsdale Road
Roxboro, NC 27574
Phone: 336-583-9630 (cell)
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Executive Council

Michael Bunch
Murfreesboro Farms
P.O. Box 216
Murfreesboro NC 27855
Phone:252-398-5830
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Percy & Frances Bunch
Murfreesboro Farms
PO Box 216
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Phone: 252-398-4630
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Gordon Etheridge
3001 Barnsley Trail
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone: 919-231-7546
Don Hiller
Class Produce Group
610 Mapleton Road
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
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Brent Jackson
Jackson Farming Co.
2905 Earnest Williams Road
Autryville, NC 28318
Phone: 910-567-2202
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Gloria Richardson
Etheridge Produce, LLC
5504 Castlebrook Drive
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone:919-231-7011
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Murray & Patsy Tynch
Valhalla Produce Co.
1462 Virginia Road
Edenton NC 27932
Phone: 252-482-7431

Board Members

Richard Brantley

8606 Strickland Road
Middlesex, NC 27557
Phone: 252-230-5977 
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Freddie Ellis

Sun-Up Produce
101-1 Wayne Ave
Mount Airy, NC   28365
Phone: 919-222-7996
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Dennis Harrell
2007 NC Hwy 902
Pittsboro, NC 27312 
Phone: 919-444-1205

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Joe Jones
Seedway, Inc.
P.O Box 9
Proctorville, NC 28735
Phone: 910-610-3306
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Jane Lancaster

Lancaster Farms
231 Watery Branch Church Road
Stantonsburg, NC   27883
Ph: 252-236-1143
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Tony Moore
Moore's Produce
P.O. Box 226
Turkey, NC 28393
Phone: 910-592-6782 
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Barry O'Brien
Account Manager, Bulk Packaging
International Paper
2811 Cofer Road
Richmond, VA 23224
Tel. 804-230-3134
Fax: 901-334-3610
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Jacob Odom
Odom Farms
5405 Hwy 111 S
Seven Springs, NC 28578 
Phone: 919-738-5102 
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Josh Rowe
Multicorr 
4310 Brook Road 
Richmond VA, 23227 
Phone: 804-592-8547
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Don Small
Virginia Fork Produce
719 Virginia Road
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone: 252-482-2165
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Floyd Taylor
Taylor Farms
1056 Bynum Road
Seaboard, NC 27876
Phone:
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Billy Williamson
Williamson Produce
P.O. Box 3508
Wilson, NC 27893
Phone: 252-243-5700
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Grower Advisors

Nick Augostini
Ph: 919-707-3125
Fax: 919-715-0155
Mobile: 252-521-5959
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Allan Thornton
369 Rowan Road
Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: 910-592-7161
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Jonathan Schultheis
Box 7609
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-1225

39th Annual North Carolina Watermelon Association Annual Convention

Holiday Inn Sunspree, Wrightsville Beach, NC
March 2020

More details will follow closer to the event.

Holiday Inn Sunspree
Images from the previous convention
Images from the previous convention
Images from the previous convention

Watermelon Nutrition

Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 127 kJ (30 kcal)

Carbohydrates 7.55 g
- Sugars 6.2 g
- Dietary fiber 0.4 g

Fat 0.15 g
Protein 0.61 g
Water 91.45 g

Vitamin A equiv. 28 ìg (4%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.033 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.021 mg (2%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.178 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.221 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 0.045 mg (3%)
Folate (vit. B9) 3 ìg (1%)
Vitamin C 8.1 mg (10%)
Calcium 7 mg (1%)
Iron 0.24 mg (2%)
Magnesium 10 mg (3%)
Phosphorus 11 mg (2%)
Potassium 112 mg (2%)
Zinc 0.10 mg (1%)

Useful Links

Click on any of the links below (links open in a separate window)

 

American Society for Horticultural Science

The American Society for Horticultural Science offers journals, educational opportunities, specialty publications, and career development services to all Individual Members.


Class Produce Group

The Class Produce Group is a family-owned business in food distribution that strives to fill its customers’ needs while maintaining excellent relationships with all shippers, associates, and customers. Our flexibility to customize to our customer needs is one of the hallmarks of our reputation for customer service.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences "discovers, develops, teaches, and applies knowledge and technology that enable students, clientele, and citizens of North Carolina and others to improve the quality of their lives and to enhance the agricultural, economic, environmental, and social well being of the state and world and to create and extend new knowledge through scientific research and extension in agriculture and the life sciences." Our college recently developed a strategic plan, for more information about our mission and core purpose please visit the CALS Strategic Plan website.


Jackson Farming Company

Jackson Farming Company, founded in 1981, is a family-owned and operated business, located in the heart of Sampson County near Fayetteville, NC. We grow, pack, ship, and broker fresh fruits and vegetables year round.


National Watermelon Association

NWA has members in 30 states, Canada and CentralAmerica with chapters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois-Indiana, Maryland-Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and the Western U.S.

The purpose of the Association is to promote the best interests of the Watermelon Industry from production to consumption.  NWA is constantly seeking improvements in the growing, grading, handling, transportation, distribution and sale of watermelon. 

National Watermelon Promotion Board

The National Watermelon Promotion Board is the marketing arm of the watermelon industry, and as such, is an active partner in stimulating and promoting watermelon throughout the year.


NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Availability Chart

Find out when produce is available in the year.


NC Farm Bureau

North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. is a private, non-profit, grassroots organization that has been actively promoting farm and rural issues since 1936 through governmental relations, marketing, field representation, agricultural education, member services and other programs.


NC State Watermelon Breeding

North Carolina State University has had a breeding program on watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) for decades.

The objectives of the program are to expand our knowledge of watermelon genetics and breeding, educate graduate students interested in vegetable breeding, do research on problems affecting the watermelon industry, and develop improved cultivars and breeding lines for use in North Carolina and the U.S.


North Carolina Fruit and Vegetable Shippers Directory

This guide includes listings of major NC growers, packers, and shippers to help you find top quality fruits, vegetables, herbs, greenhouse, and organic produce.

This directory is brought to you by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Marketing Division.


Southern Containers Corporation

Serving the Produce & Tobacco Industries for nearly 50 Years.


 

 

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PO Box 58220,
Raleigh, North Carolina 27658

Phone: 919-413-9544

Fax: 919-882-8533



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