- wolfe Sep 2, 2011 03:17 PM
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?
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
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.
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.”
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?
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.