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Melons for Miles! Summer is not over!

Posted 8/26/2015 9:35am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

The melons have ripened!

We have cantaloupes and watermelons galore. We have both red and yellow watermelons - both varieties have seeds and are fabulously delicious.

We have the glut experience here with melons.They come on pretty much all at once and then disappear all too soon. And boy is this hot, humid weather calling for some refreshment! So taste a real, ripe, melon while the gettin' is good!

One way to put up some melons for future enjoyment is to turn them into a sorbet or ice cream. There are lots of recipes online. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions and visuals on the Kitchen McCabe website: Melon Sorbet. If you don't have an ice cream maker, there are definitely recipes out there for making sorbets without a machine.

I searched for "melon" on pinterest and was inundated with ideas! Smoothies, melon ball moscato sangria, melon ice cubes, boozy fruit salad (w/ limoncello). A friend of ours cuts popsicle shaped pieces of watermelon, pushes in a popsicle stick, and freezes them for an all-fruit refreshing treat. don't forget to eat outside and spit the seeds! Even grilled watermelon is a thing! I've seen recipes for stacks of grilled watermelon with feta and Karen Ring said they made grilled watermelon with a mint syrup for dessert at the yoga teacher training she helped put on.

There are savory combinations to be had with cantaloupes. A classic Italian pairing is prosciutto and melon - but really any salty element heightens the flavor of this sweet, sweet fruit. There were some really beautiful dinner party sort of presentations - skewers with melon, prosciutto, and mozzarella or bundles of cantaloupe sticks wrapped with thinly sliced prosciutto. There are lots of ideas for salads. cantaloupe and wide ribbons of shaved cucumber with feta and balsamic vinaigrette. or just melon cubes with mint. it is a great time of year to make a delicious fruit salad! peach and cantaloupe smoothie sounds fantastic.

Watermelon and feta salads are popular these days. I saw a nice looking one with pistachios. I also saw a watermelon pico de gallo recipe (a fresh chopped salsa with red onion, hot pepper, cilantro, lime juice, watermelon and mangoes). This is definitely the time to make a fresh chopped salsa with our tomatoes, too!

Tomatoes are still going. The constant mist and humidity could bring them to a halt soon, so hop aboard for the glut tomato experience as well. We have lots of "seconds" quality tomatoes from this last picking - so if you don't mind hacking off a piece of tomato as you go, it is a great opportunity to get half price tomatoes and cook 'em down. I simmered down a bunch of heirloom tomatoes with just olive oil, garlic and basil the other day and immersion blended it (seeds and all) before putting it away. The next day I had two quarts of ready to go golden colored super flavorful homemade sauce for a quick pasta with onions, peppers, summer squash and zucchini.

Even though school is looming, don't get into the "summer is over" mindset. Nature doesn't know about our calendars. It is still hot, plants are growing and ripening their fruits, and the summer continues!!

Happy Full Moon on Saturday!

We look forward to seeing you throughout the week!

Thanks as always!

Christy and Chris at White Barn Farm