With Independence Day right around the corner, our thoughts often turn to fireworks, red, white and blue, apple pie, tomatoes and, of course, watermelons!

By now, you may know that the bustling West Blocton Farmers Market is thriving and poised to sell plenty of watermelons, tomatoes, corn and lots of other produce this Saturday, June 29 from 9am until 12Noon. If you haven’t seen or heard what’s going on there, keep reading; they have an exciting day planned!

The Market will also feature a sale of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to benefit the North Bibb 11-12 year old baseball all-stars’ trip to compete in Troy.

In addition, there will be several fun contests involving watermelons and a very soothing and innovative idea for a hot day—a frozen t-shirt contest!

The Market will be in the middle of Main Street, which will again be blocked off in the area next to the Cahaba Lily Center.  The Town of West Blocton, Market Manager Kathy McCulley, Board Member Blane Sherron, the Watermelon Boys, an excellent lineup of growers, and many very supportive Bibb County residents have made the market a HUGE SUCCESS!

Oh, and T-shirts featuring the West Blocton Farmers Market logo as seen below will be for sale at the Market this Saturday!:


With all of this in mind, there’s no reason NOT to go to the West Blocton Farmers Market!  It’s very refreshing to see sleepy little West Blocton, a town many have pronounced dead, come to life!

To find out more, simply visit and like the West Blocton Farmers Market on Facebook.  Here’s a link to that page: https://www.facebook.com/westbloctonfarmersmarket/

Oh, and I said something in the headline about seedless watermelons.  I personally don’t mind the seeds but would probably enjoy eating a watermelon without them!

If you are interested in growing some for yourself, or just want to know more, here is an interesting article by Dr. Joe Kemble,  Alabama Extension vegetable specialist:



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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Matthew D. Hartzell coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Hartzell has served in his current position for 12 years and held primary program assignments in Community and Economic Development, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, and Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resources.