Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall 2013 Melon Crop Update

Field Update- Caborca, Sonora, Mexico
Photos taken on September 25, 2013

Honeydew melon harvest has started out of the Caborca district in northwestern Sonora. This region of the Sonoran Desert will continue to have warm days (into the 90s) with little chance of rain through most of October, insuring optimal conditions for melon production.

Melon vines are growing vigorously. Field crews insure that
vine leaves cover fruit to prevent sunburn and sun spots.

Early plantings have fruit on the vine nearly ready for harvest.
Later plantings are growing aggressively, with healthy flowers and tendrils

The smoother the skin, the higher the sugar

Monica's Pride label Honeydew and Orange Flesh
melons are grown by Carlos Terminel in Caborca, Sonora.

Reviewing field conditions.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spring 2013 Melon Crop

Field Update- Hermosillo, Sonora. Spring 2013.
Photos in this post were taken on Tuesday April 30, 2013. 

We have begun shipping seeded and seedless watermelon from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. 

Mature fruit cut- waiting to be picked up and taken to packing shed.

Pick crew inspects melons and removes mature fruit from vine.

Field Crew collects mature watermelons in trailer, and takes them to packing shed.

Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons are right around the corner.

For food safety purposes, each cantaloupe melon is placed on a styrofoam platform.

Fruit is sizing well and vines are vigorous.

Healthy vines mean strong fruit. You will notice 4 tiny indentations on our melons, due to the positioning of the fruit on the styrofoam platform.

Honeydew sizing will start out large.

Honeydew fields are healthy.