Follow the sweet paddock to plate journey of watermelons

Join George the Farmer, Simone and Ben on an expedition to an organic fruit and vegetable farm and packing shed near Darwin in the Northern Territory. Where the trio learn how delicious, juicy, Australian watermelons make their way into the supermarket (and fridges) across the country!

Through song and dance, Farmer George and his friends enlist the help of Top End producer, Farmer Mike to help explain the paddock to plate process of growing and harvesting watermelons. Farmer Mike sure knows a thing or two about watermelons. He grows around 20 thousand on his farm, with the busiest times being planting in April and harvest in June to October!

3 ways to tell a watermelon is ready to harvest!

  • The green stripes on the outside of the watermelon fade into a white, defined tiger stripe.
  • The watermelon gets bigger.
  • If the watermelon makes a hollow, thumping sound when tapped – it’s ready to go!

After exploring the farm, it’s back to the kitchen for the trio – where Farmer George learns to make watermelon sorbet!

For more information, learning resources and farming facts head to George the Farmer.

Maddison Langley

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