Snook Business Deals with Watermelon Woes

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

A fourth of all watermelons bought in the Lone Star State, pass through Snook, TX at Wiggens Wholesale.

"We distribute all over the United States and Canada," said Paul Wiggens.

Wiggins is a fourth generation farmer. Although his family has been growing watermelons for years, this year is different.

"The cost of raising has gone astronomical." According to Wiggins, that's thanks to fuel and fertilizer prices.

"Where it cost about $2,200 an acre to raise them, we're up to $3,000- $3400," said Wiggins. His land sprawls 1600 acres on three farms.

He says he bought fertilizer for his land here in Burleson County for $145 an acre, in January. Now, he needs to fertilize his land in West Texas. It will cost him about $315 an acre.

That's before the fruit even makes it to the store.

"Right now its running about $3.50 a mellon to get a watermelon to New York, just in freight," said Wiggins. It's a cost that grocery stores will pay for, and then pass on to the consumer.

Paul says he's selling to more locations this year, but that stores aren't buying as many, because consumers aren't buying as many.

"If you have a $4.99 watermelon people will buy a lot more than if they're $7.99," said Wiggins.

Wiggins Watermelons are available in several local stores. Because they're not being shipped as far, Brazos Valley customers won't have to pay as much as other customers farther away.

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