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Another season of melon heaven begins in Hermiston

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HERMISTON, OR - Welcome to Hermiston, where life is sweet... all thanks to watermelons.

And in just a few days, they'll be ready for harvest. Believe it or not, that's because of this extremely hot weather we've been having.

"This field is at that stage where the heat will bring them on and they'll ripen," said Patrick Walchli with Walchli Farms.

Walchli and his family have been in the watermelon business for more than sixty years, and he says every year is different. Even though they are right on schedule, this season didn't come without its challenges.

"We had a lot more wind and more erratic weather in the month of June than we've seen in the past," Walchli explained.

But now that Mother Nature seems to be working in their favor, these melons will soon be out of the fields and ready for customers to eat... which is one of Walchli's favorite things to see.

"When they have their first taste of the melon and they can't believe a melon tastes that good," said Walchli, "and when these watermelons do hit the market here in a couple weeks... what do you need to look for to make sure your melon is ripe for the picking? A good melon in the store is really based on the farmer and the time that they pick."

You can also look at the field spot, or the part that's been connected to the ground - when the fruit is ripe, it'll be a yellowish color.

And with the farm planning to ship not only to the Pacific Northwest but to states as far away as Maryland, you could say the ones grown here are "one in a melon."

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