It's getting to be that time of year, but I bought a rather tasteless melon this morning at the Ferry Plaza. In years of buying, it seems nothing is as seasonal as a delicious melon. Am I just too early? What are your sources for local, organic, sustainable and truly fantastic melon?
I bought some charentais melons at the Saturday Ferry Plaza market that were great -- and better than the ones they had last year. I forget the name of this vendor, but its the folks in back who have the middle eastern-style cukes, red and yellow bell peppers, and belgian endive. They've always had the best charentais when they come in, plus several other melon varieties.
There is a corner booth hawking watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews at the Vallco Farmers' Market on Fridays. (There was also two HUGE crates of iced corn but I haven't sampled that yet.)
Friday, while doing my weekly fruit and vegetable restocking, I made a tactical error; I invited six 'starving' pre-teen-units -- my two, two nieces, and two of their friends -- along for my constitutional through the vendors' stalls. I was coerced by this pack of human sharks into making several impulse buys of two small watermelons and two large cantaloupe. I argued in vane that we didn't need the extra weight nor were we in short supply on variety. Their concerted attack of high-pitched female-unit whining impaired my more-sound reasoning abilities and I went down in defeat bearing away twenty extra pounds of water-based melon-fruits.
We'd barely been back at Castle Ranger when the six girl-units set-to and devoured said melons in one sitting!
Back to the closing market I went to get another cantaloupe and watermelon for other members of Clan Ranger to sample.
I am always astounded at the vibrant taste and texture in these choice melons; they are consistently sweet, as sweet as a spoon dipped in honey! The cantaloupe's aroma surrounded the cabinet area in my kitchen like fresh cut flowers. Its flesh was solid, juicy and super-orange.
Van Groningen & Sons - Escalon URL: http://www.vgandson.com
I plan on making my weekly melon purchases solely from them. This vendor is also in the East Bay at the Concord Farmers Market.
Given them a visit! Excellent produce, reasonably priced, awesome taste!