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Crane Melon Barn

  • wolfe Sep 25, 2010 08:51 AM
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Did I miss a report? Has any one been yet? How are they in this year of late blooming fruits and vegetables?
http://www.cranemelon.com/

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Crane Melon Barn
4935 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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  1. I'd seen on the website that they're going to have a very short season this year. Maybe we'll try to make it up there next weekend before it's too late...

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    1. re: abstractpoet

      You might save yourself a trip by checking with some local markets...like G&G Super. They carry Cranes when in season, tho a bit pricey (but they ain't cheap at Crane's).

      1. re: OldTimer

        When I visited the Crane Melon Barn last year, they specifically said that their melons aren't sold anywhere except at the barn because they don't ship well and have a short shelf life. Other farms may plant melons using their seeds and sell them, but it won't be the same--and it's actually not legal for them to market them as "Cranes".

        Can't confirm if this is the 100% God's honest truth, but I do know that: 1) the melons I had at the Barn were far superior to any I've had anywhere else, and 2) when I asked a Berkeley vendor (Happy Boy Farms) about the "Cranes" they were selling at the market one weekend, the woman gave me a very vague and elusive response.

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        Crane Melon Barn
        4935 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

        1. re: abstractpoet

          Odd...I bought a few last year (about $7.00 each) at G&G, and they tasted like Crane melons from the barn. I do like the barn, however, since you can get trashed melons pretty cheap. Do you think the folks at the barn just might seek to protect their product? Besides, if Crane melon seeds are planted in similar environs, they will taste like Cranes.

          1. re: OldTimer

            I do think they are protecting their product, and I'm pretty sure the name "Crane Melon" is trademarked. As to whether any of the other melons sold as Cranes are just as good, I wouldn't be able to say. The ones I saw in Berkeley didn't look or smell anything like the real thing, so I didn't bother...

    2. Sunday morning 10:30, the selection was smaller than last year in the ripe pile as were the sizes compared to last year. Although I do not have an eidetic memory I am sure the only one I have tried, so far, is not as sweet as last years. The unblemished were $.99 a pound and the split $.69. I suspect there is a better supply midweek but check before. (707) 795-6987
      I fortified myself with a stop at the new Bovine Bakery. The prices looked different than the PRS store but my short term taste memory says there was no change from last week.