GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It's summertime and the living is easy and tasty at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market. You just can't beat locally grown, lip-smackin’, mouthwaterin’ watermelon.
"What knocks my socks off is how healthy it is," laughed North Carolina Watermelon Queen Carmen Honeycutt. "It's 93% water, packed full of vitamins B6 and C and has a lot of potassium."
It's Watermelon Day at the Farmer's Market. Crowds of people came out for a free slice of the big, red, juicy vegetable. Yes, you read that correctly. Watermelon is a vegetable?!
"Yes, it's considered a vegetable. It's grown on a vine," said longtime Moore County farmer Cecil Blake. "I've been growing 'em all my life. The reason they're so tasty is because they're grown in the Sandhills. The sand is the secret."
Watermelons are a big deal for North Carolina's economy. It's a $29 million industry. The state is ranked 9th in the nation for how many watermelons are grown here.