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Sep 2, 2011 03:17 PM

Crane Melons

As with most fruit this year the melons are late, perhaps not until late September. Before you make the drive up please call 707 795 6987 for the current status even though the last time I looked at the website it said they are open they aren't.
Who are you going to believe?

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  1. As it did last week, the Web site says "Opening approximately: September 1 - October 31 ... It iis a good idea to call first, there is an answering service that is updated with times and days of operation."

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

    1. Yep, drove by today (avoiding traffic on 101) and it wasn't open yet.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Called this morning, Tuesday Sept. 27 - same recording saying season is late and they may be open at the end of September.

      2. Maybe not the same, but I bought a crane melon from Sigona's at Stanford a few weeks ago. They said they were local, so perhaps not all are that late.

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        1. re: jsaimd

          My understanding is that the only real Crane melons are sold at the Barn. Anything else is just someone trying to plant the seeds taken from an actual Crane (at a different location, under different conditions) -- not sure if it's a trademark infringement. Anyway, the ones I've seen have been a far cry from the real deal.

          1. re: abstractpoet

            I've had "Crane" melons grown in the same general vicinity, i.e., Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, that are the equal of the ones sold at the barn. But I've also seen early season Crane melons at some grocers that came from Texas . . . have not tried those.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Happy Boy has sold them at the Berkeley farmers market in past years, and they weren't nearly as fragrant (and were misshapen).

              When picked at the proper ripeness, Cranes can't really be shipped far...even to Berkeley is pushing it, much less from Texas!

            2. re: abstractpoet

              The seeds are available and the name is not trademarked, so other people can grow them, but if they pick them before they're ripe they're not going to be as good.

              “The Crane melon’s flavor is due to its terroir. The melon was developed to be grown on the land that’s been in the Crane family for nearly 160 years—in a particular soil, within a specific climate zone, farmed in a certain style.”


          2. The message today 10/1 is that the barn is closed today but will be open tomorrow 10/2.
            Again the # is 1 707 795 6987 to confirm. Why trust someone who is so frequently wrong?

            1. We are dealing with some very picky pickers. If it ain't ripe and ready they can wait. So there I was ready to drive from Berkeley to the Barn because they were open yesterday and so should be open today but I called 1 707 795 6987 just to be sure and they are not open today but plan to be tomorrow, Call first.

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              1. re: wolfe

                Today's (10/4) opening cancelled by weather. Try again tomorrow, call first.