US growers always mark Labor Day on their calendars, as it marks the unofficial end of their harvests. But in South Carolina, in a good year, there will continue to be produce from April until the first frosts in the Fall.
Watermelon is an $18 million industry in South Carolina. And while it's not one of the state's most abundant crops, the roughly 100 million pounds of watermelon produced across 4,600 acres of farmland each year ranks South Carolina among the top growers in the US.
The South Carolina Watermelon Association’s new website claims the watermelon is a healthy option for any diet, rich with vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants. The University of South Carolina orders bins of watermelon for its athletes during sporting events.