The melons we grow at Plowshares & Prairie bear little resemblance to the hard, out of season fruit platters served at diners and conferences year-round, which we think give this great fruit a bad name. However, it's hard to beat the taste of a juicy, fragrant, in-season melon! We grow several varieties of cantaloupe, muskmelon, and watermelon. Melons are great sliced or cut/spooned into chunks and eaten as a refreshing summer snack. They also make great smoothies or summer drinks.
Watermelon: Store at room temperature for 1+ weeks depending on ripeness, but once cut into, cover exposed edge with plastic wrap (or cube and keep in a container) and refrigerate. Cantaloupe/muskmelon: If ripe, store whole melon in the fridge for up to 4 days. If still a bit under-ripe, store at room temperature for a couple days to ripen. Alternatively, cut/spoon into chunks and store in a container in the refrigerator.
Simply slice or cube and eat fresh! Try watermelon rind pickles. If you like to can, ask Chelsea for her popular cantaloupe vanilla jam recipe.
Refresco de Melon
Sugar, to taste
Put watermelon cubes in a pitcher, add sugar to taste, and mash with a wooden spoon.