As you may know, Exie my wonderful dog friend doesn’t like hot air balloons, at all. Hates them. We see them regularly because of our proximity to a hot air balloon ride place. The moment Exie sees one, she tears through the field towards it, barking and growling, and generally expressing her disapproval. I typically don’t see them before her, so I don’t get the chance to stop her from her initial outburst, but after she has gotten it out of her system, I call her back to me, where she lays, tensely staring at the balloon until it is out of sight. I think because of this, the balloons usually pass the farm higher than they would otherwise.
Anyway, last week we were in the tomato hoop house collecting the red gold (and yellow, orange, purple etc … delicious) and I spotted one before Exie was alerted to it. I called her to me and, so it wouldn’t surprise her, pointed it out. There was no emotional outburst that followed. Exie just kept her eyes on it and growled until it was sufficiently far away.
Food news? Melon! Oh so much Melon! At market you will see lots of melon at our table, every one of them ready to eat. There are fist sized ones, perfect for a person, and head sized ones that suit the role of desert for the family. And they are all so fragrant. Smell the end of the melon that was attached to the vine! I wish I could keep the scent in my pocket. After you have picked out your melon from the market, there are few reasons to wait to eat it. After melon is harvested, no more sweetness is created so don’t wait for sweetness, eat ‘em up! However, the flesh of the melon softens if it is left sitting on the counter, so that is a reason to wait. I guess sharing is another reason to wait… If you must wait, keep it in the fridge until you are about ready and then allow it to return to room temperature.
There is a green cantaloupe type mixed in with the others, like a surprise. It is called Rocky Ford and it is a lovely one. It looks just like an oblong cantaloupe on the outside, but is green on the inside! It is quite succulent and juicy. If you find one, don’t be foiled by its green-ness.
What to try at market this week? Snack peppers. You may have had these already because we have been bringing them to market, but we have more and more, and they are so good, I feel the need to tell you: THEY ARE SO GOOD! Sweet, crunchy, and flavorful, they won’t disappoint your sweet tooth. The flavor reminds me of purple cotton candy, not sure why. And the few seeds that they have are tucked away up by the stem end, so to enjoy the, just bite them. They have been lovingly dubbed “biters” by our friend Jillian at Farmer and the Chickpea. Check ‘em out!
If all this sweetness keeps showing up, I am going to have to start a candy section: ground cherries, snack peppers, and that tasty melon!
Have a wonderful week. Remember, whatever the weather does, we will be at market. Rain or shine!