It feels like it's been YEARS since I've had a good watermelon...maybe since I lived in Missouri years ago. After returning west to CA, I bought them in LA and here in SC--usually from farmer's markets--only to be disappointed. Places like Trader Joe's never worked out either.
I was about to give up until I came across the seed-in variety sold in the big bins outside of Shopper's Corner. Something told me to go for it, and I'm sure glad that I did! I bought my first one around Independence Day, and it was heavy and fairly sweet. Flesh was firm and not at all mealy or mushy.
Having good luck w/ that first one, I bought another a few days ago to test the consistency. It tasted even BETTER. Extremely juicy and naturally sweet, it's been quenching my thirst in this heat. So refreshing just chilled from the fridge! I just slice it up and stand over the sink...
I have no idea from where Shopper's gets their watermelons, but I'm sure happy about them. Each are $5.99 for a huge oblong melon, and they have seedless too, although I can't vouch for those. I didn't even fuss over which one to get...just picked the first one that was heavy and had some blemishes or "bee stings" (a supposed indicator of sweetness).
Anyone have good luck w/ other local melons of any sort? I haven't bought any canteloupe yet, but I enjoyed some of the melons from Pinnacle last year.