First and foremost, this is not a treatise on how I feel about GMO seed. We just don't use it.
There is a lot of misinformation out there though about GMO seed, so we wanted to let you know what we are doing, how and why.
Seedless watermelons are not a GMO product. They've been around for along time. The science of it says,
“A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon, containing 22 chromosomes per cell, with a female watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell. When this seeded fruit matures, the small, white seed coats inside contain 33 chromosomes, rendering it sterile and incapable of producing seeds. This is similar to the mule, produced by naturally crossing a horse with a donkey. This process does not involve genetic modification.” whataboutwatermelon.com
The same pretty much holds true with most hybrid seed. We plant a fair amount of hybrid seed, but we also plant heirlooms as well, particularly with watermelons. Our heirlooms are Charleston Greys, Desert Kings, Crimson Sweets, Sugar Babies & some Georgia Rattlesnakes (though not a lot). If you prefer one of these to the hybrid Delta we also raise, please note so in your CSA order.
We raise several heirloom tomatoes as well, Cherokee Purple & Brandywine. If you prefer those over the Mountain Spring hybrid, let us know, but if you make that choice, please know the production of those is sporadic by comparison and you could run out of tomatoes in your CSA. The hybrid Mountain Spring is a great tomato (NOT GMO) and produces like a champ, so having it in your CSA box will give you tomatoes from June through September at a minimum.
We only use non-GMO corn as well. Our options are fewer there, but it exists and that is what we grow.
Thoughts or questions are welcome.
I have a great family. We work hard, play as much as we can and love to grow great watermelons, among other things.
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We are a part of the Fisher's CSA and we love it!! Each week we pick up a generous share of delicious veggies from the farmer's market nearby that feeds our family of 4 for the week. This is a convenient and economical way to get fresh, local, healthy produce. It has been fun to get new foods each week, and joining the CSA is a great way to help make vegetables the base of your family's diet!-"Jennifer Cislaghi