( Courtesy Georgia Watermelon Association )

The 2020 Georgia watermelon crop is starting in early June.

“We expect excellent quality and even more, we are eager to have a successful growing season,” Rob Greene, Georgia Watermelon Association president and owner of Lime Creek Farms, Arabi, said in a news release.

While peak watermelon season in Georgia is around June 20, Georgia watermelons are expected to be in stores and markets throughout the southeast by June 3.

“It’s more important now than ever to support your local economy — and we do that from purchasing in season produce like watermelon when it comes in stores,” Samantha Kilgore, Georgia Watermelon Association executive director, said in the release.

Georgia ranks in the top four in the U.S. for watermelon production, averaging more than 18,000 acres of harvested watermelon each year. Other top watermelon-producing states are Texas, Florida and California.

“The 2020 GWA queen ambassador, Lindsey Westberry, would normally be in stores this summer, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, she is helping consumers through serving in other ways in her local community,” according to the release.

Westberry, along with members of the National Guard, recently packed food boxes for the community at Second Harvest of South Georgia.

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