Monday, September 10, 2012
Ed's garden at Graywood Farm yielded tasty melons this summer. Big and textured, these cantaloupes have pale orange flesh that is sweet, yet not astringent like melons can be.
Ed used leftover flooring tiles to separate each melon from the damp ground. He's been thumping them and testing the strength of the stem end, waiting to harvest each one at just the right time.
The cracks around the stem help to signal the ripeness of each melon. The green spot is where the stem was attached to the melon.
The deep veins and tracks on the skin of a melon give little hint of the nutritious goodness and luscious flavor inside. Ed purchased the plants locally and has been caring for them all through the hot Summer of 2012, a true melon summer for a melon man.
Wanda Hayes Eichler