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Many of the sought-after Smith County watermelons weren't ready to be picked until this week. Many of the sought-after Smith County watermelons weren't ready to be picked until this week.
Watermelons were in high demand at local farmers markets throughout the week. Watermelons were in high demand at local farmers markets throughout the week.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi farmers say late freezes and a cool spring delayed some of their crops this year.

Many of the sought-after Smith County watermelons weren't ready to be picked until this week. That brought it down to the wire for the busy Fourth of July crowd.

Watermelons were in high demand at local farmers markets throughout the week.

"If you don't have you a cold watermelon or have you a watermelon. Then you're just not American," said Brenda Langham.

Langham's family grows watermelons and says the holiday serves as their deadline for getting them picked.

"We waited all this year for this July fourth weekend because this is our big weekend. Not only for us as growers but for the people because they expect us to have them," explained Langham.

But late freezes and a cool spring delayed this year's crop.

"My momma always said a terrible start's a good finish. Well, these watermelons have started now just in time for the 4th of July," said Langham.

But at the Mississippi Farmers' Market they were anxious until they were ripe for the picking.

"I was worried I wasn't gong to be able to have a fourth of July watermelon this year .It was probably one of the hardest crops to grow this year because of the weather," said Tim Cooper who runs Cooper Farms and Vineyard.

Growers say the late crops haven't caused a price increase but prices will drop as the melons get smaller throughout the season.

Another crop that suffered from this spring's weather was blueberries. But farmers say most were ready by late June.

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