The soil south of the city of  Muscatine is just right for producing tasty watermelons and delicious cantaloupes in addition to other farm fresh produce. Muscatine’s melon growers claim the combination of long, warm days and light, sandy well-drained soil is the secret to their success.

For many generations, these family farms have produced and sold the finest produce available in their produce markets which typically are located in front of the farm itself. Their loyal customers often drive great distances in search of the perfect melon! By autumn, the produce markets begin selling pumpkins, Indian corn, and gourds.

Most markets are open from May through October selling homegrown green beans, sweet corn, and tomatoes; however homegrown melons are not ready before late July.