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“Meet the Watermelon Farmer” Experience is Coming to San Diego!

by GFBlog on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 · 0 comments

in Farmers & Fresh Produce,Fun Stuff,In The Community

Arthur Saikhon, a third generation watermelon farmer and owner of Saikhon Company, in Brawley, CA, will be meeting and answering questions diners have at the “Meet the Watermelon Farmer” experience event in San Diego’s Mira Mesa Souplantation restaurant Arthur will be giving away free watermelons from his farm Thursday, June 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m., while supplies last.

Arthur is one of several farmers who supply Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. with farm-to-table fresh watermelons for its Souplantation restaurants.

Arthur grows seedless watermelons on 350 acres of his farmland near Brawley and Bakersfield, CA. He joined his father in 1986 to start the Saikhon Company and now grows approximately 10,000 tons of watermelon each season. Watermelon is available at Southern California Souplantation’s throughout the month of June.

Arthur is a part of two national watermelon associations, the National Watermelon Association (NWA) and the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB).  As part of the Auction Load Committee for the NWA, Arthur donates watermelon loads for the annual NWA auction. Money generated from the auction supports the industry’s production research needs through scientific grants to numerous universities and other organizations each year.

Learn the aspects of farming, harvest management, and packing operations on a watermelon farm at the “Meet the Watermelon Farmer” experience!

What would you ask Arthur, the Watermelon Farmer?

June 16, 2016


Mira Mesa Souplantation

8105 Mira Mesa Boulevard

San Diego, CA 92126

Stay tune to learn more about Arthur Saikhon in the upcoming week.

About Saikhon Company    
Saikhon is a privately-held company, headquartered in Brawley, CA, that grows watermelons, vegetables, grain, and hay on farms in California’s Imperial and Kern Valleys. It was established in 1986 and employs up to 80 workers during peak harvest season.

About Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.                                                               
Each day begins fresh at 124 company-owned Garden Fresh restaurants in 15 states. More than 300 million guests since 1978 have helped us to be number one in fresh produce and salads, made-from-scratch soups, hot pastas, freshly baked breads and muffins, fresh fruit, desserts, and more. Guests have the freedom to create their own wholesome meal in a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a friendly atmosphere and all at an everyday value. The company is headquartered in San Diego, CA, and has two brand names:  Souplantation in Southern California, and Sweet Tomatoes elsewhere.

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