Hermiston watermelons are back!

Hermiston watermelons are back! »Play Video
HERMISTON, Ore. - It's that time of year, Hermiston watermelons are making their way to stores!

Melons are being picked earlier than last year. They've made their way to the on-site processing plant at Walchli Farms.

Until Wednesday, the melons were only available at local farmers markets and fruit stands.

Like cherry crops, the dry winter conditions were ideal for growing.

Farmer Bob Walchli said, "The fruit overall, sizes are a bit bigger. Our seeded melons look like they're bigger so that means bigger melons, a little sweeter, little juicier, not much sunburn, so I'm pretty happy with what we're picking."

The melons should be at all Walmarts in Tri-Cities this week.