The fall season has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods. The foliage peaked a week or so ago and the leaves have begun piling up in lawns. But one thing many of you may have noticed is that the big cardboard bin of watermelons at your local grocery store has been replaced by a big cardboard bin of pumpkins. (I’d rather have the watermelons, thank you very much.)
Don’t worry. It’s normal for this time of year.
Yes, it was nice to be greeted by that bin of watermelons as soon as you walked into the store, but that reminder is gone now. The good news is, you can still buy watermelon, you just have to know where to look. For me, it’s in the chilled produce section, all the way on the far end next to the bagged salads. That’s where the sliced watermelon sits all year round. Maybe you never noticed them (they can be easy to miss), or maybe you forgot they were there. But there they are, all wrapped in plastic with their little price tag sticker on them, just waiting to go home with someone and bring a taste of the summer to their fall or winter day.
Some of you may still be lucky enough to find whole watermelon in your local store, and some of you may have been buying the sliced and chilled variety all along. Either way, it’s nice to know that watermelon addicts like us still have a place to go to satisfy our cravings.