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There are certain things we can all look forward to as the summer months arrive – That last school bell of the year, the beach towels that are wrestled out of the closet, piles of flip flops that accumulate at the door, the smell of cook-outs in the back yard and the sweet, refreshing taste of fresh watermelon. This year, our summer menu brings back a favorite Hacienda Hash and features one of our all-time favorite juices, the Watermelon Wake-Up. This perfectly concocted fruity treat is made from freshly juiced watermelon, pineapple, lime and mint!

To create our popular Watermelon Wake-Up, we partnered with the Watermelon Board, which represents over 800 watermelon growers, shippers and importers nationwide. Their mission is to increase the demand of this tasty summer fruit through research, education and promotion!

Chef Shane had a chance to visit a watermelon farm a few years back, and he still talks about the trip as one of his favorites! He came back with so many takeaways: Did you know that a normal watermelon crop is ready to harvest in three months after planting, and they are all handpicked from a vine? Also, it’s no wonder why watermelon juice goes hand-in-hand with summer – it’s 92% water! Perfect for staying hydrated, especially in this recent heatwave! Watermelons are also fat and sodium-free, and an excellent source of  vitamin C.

What would summer be without the juicy, sweet taste of watermelon? Thanks to Chef Shane and the folks at the Watermelon Board who helped create our Watermelon Wake-Up juice, you don’t have to find out! Make sure you stop by your local First Watch to try this refreshing juice before our summer menu offerings retire. See you there!

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