WE LOVE MELONS! Our kids can actually eat their weight in melons...per day...if allowed. Surprisingly, melons are really good for you. They have a high sugar content, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
We always grow our fair share of melons here at 47 Daisies. This year has been particularly fun as we have been playing around with some different varieties. Early in the season we planted about 6 different heirloom varieties of muskmelon (pretty much a cantaloupe). The raccoons apparently like those too.....but one variety did well and produced an AMAZING melon. We didn't get enough to shake a stick at but one or two made it through the onslaught and we have saved the seeds for next year. Hopefully, we will have enough to share in 2012.
Then came the mid season plantings and we tried out Schoons hardshell muskmelon. It turned out pretty well but not as productive as I would like. Then we turned our sites on Jenny Lind. Jenny Lind is an heirloom melon named after an 1800s opera singer. This melon is unique because of its Turban like shape. It is also a green fleshed cantaloupe....not a honeydew. It is pretty tasty but not quite as sweet as some. Our kids didn't seem to mind as they ate just as many of the Jinny Lind as any other melon we grow. We are now waiting on golden gopher and hannah's choice.
In addition to the cantaloupes we are waiting on some moon and stars watermelon and verona watermelon. Verona watermelons have a special place in our hearts as that was the name of the Wisconsin town in which we lived for 5 years.
I hope you have been enjoying your melons from the farm!! And always we will try out some new ones next year!
--Dylan and Harmony
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )