Monday, August 7, 2017

Yellow Cantaloupes

The other day, we went to the Farmers Market downtown in Jacksonville.  I try to pick up a fruit or a vegetable that I have not had before and always ask for suggestions how to prepare it and/or eat it.  That is another way to get to know the farmers too and it is always nice to see them.

We went to the market to get a water melon and my husband did.  We looked and admired the South Carolina peaches that were sky high in price.  How come?  The weather.  It was too hot, too cold, too much rain.  It had been a stormy season for the growers.

A yellow fruit/vegetable caught my eye:  I thought it was a spaghetti squash, but it turned out to be a cantaloupe.  I was surprised.

The farmer had a cantaloupe already cut up and she gave me a piece to taste.  It was firm and crisp with a pleasant taste--not too sweet, but refreshing.

We ended up having the cantaloupe for breakfast several mornings, taking in our natural C-vitamins and antioxidants.

Cantaloupes like moisture, sunlight, and two to three months long growing season in the heat.  They take up a lot of space in the home garden because they like to spread out and ramble.  Some gardeners like to use black plastic put down on the ground to keep the moisture and heat in and also keep the weed at bay.  The black plastic will add to the growing season in cooler climates.

Thank you for visiting my blog and enjoy some refreshing cantaloupe.

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