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August 2, 2016

Simons’ Produce Sponsors Watermelon Throwdown!

Simons' Produce will sponsor the Watermelon Throwdown festival at the Nashville Farmers' Market this Saturday, August 6th, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Watermelon Throwdown is Nashville's opportunity to celebrate all things watermelon with the people who grow the sweetest and the best right here in our region. Simons' Produce is one of the most abundant producers of watermelons at the Nashville Farmers' Market, and we are grateful for their sponsorship and support.

Jerry and Janice Simons both come from farming families and farmed until their recent retirement. Their son, Jerry Wayne, is now in charge of the farm and has over 100 acres planted in produce. The Simons' farm is located just 1 hour north of the Nashville Farmers' Market in Ellkton, Kentucky, where the family resides. They've been members of our farmers' market family since June of 2015 and can often be found giving the best tips on how to pick out the sweetest melons at their market booth.

"We are so very excited to sponsor the Watermelon Throwdown this year, because we love getting people excited about the fresh food our family grows. Watermelon is one of our favorites and so enjoyable on a hot summer day. We just love talking to folks who visit our booth at the market to talk about the different varieties we grow," Janice Simon says.

Simons' Produce will feature two watermelon varieties at the Watermelon Throwdown this Saturday—the 'Sweet Gem' and 'Fascination.' Sweet Gem is a newer variety of the Crimson Red and Sweet Gem is a second generation Sugar Baby. Both melons are globe-shaped and seedless, harvested fresh and ripe, and oh-so sweet. Visit the Simons every week at the Market Wednesday-Sunday, and be sure to grab one of their sweet, juicy watermelons this Saturday at the Watermelon Throwdown!