melons https://www.pcfma.org/ en Summer Melons – Certified Delicious! https://www.pcfma.org/blog/summer-melons-certified-delicious <span>Summer Melons – Certified Delicious!</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/45" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">debram</span></span> <span>Sun, 07/31/2022 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>You’ve just found a new variety of melon at your farmers’ market, not the usual watermelon or cantaloupe, but a lovely yellow melon with rippled rind. Or there’s one that’s small, oval, and green with white flesh. You’ve just discovered one of the many reasons to shop your local certified farmers’ market – variety!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We’re celebrating certified farmers’ markets and the value they bring to your local community during National Farmers’ Market Week (August 7 thru 13). In fact, we’re celebrating for the whole month of August! The unique varieties of <a href="https://www.pcfma.org/produce/melons">melons</a> and other fruits and vegetables you buy stimulate local economies, help preserve farmland, and increase access to healthy and nutritional food. Farmers’ markets play an essential role in their communities by creating space for community connection and actively fostering more resilient and equitable local food systems.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>What does it mean to be a </span></span><a href="https://www.pcfma.org/Certified-Farmers-Markets"><span><span>certified farmers’ market</span></span></a><span><span> and why is it so important that you shop ‘certified?’ In short, it means that the produce is delivered to the market directly from the farm and from the growers themselves. In California, only California-grown produce may be certified for sale in our state’s farmers’ markets.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When you find that unique melon at your certified farmers’ market you know it’s locally-grown in California and of high quality. Fortunately, there are many varieties of melons grown in California. The most readily available are the honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe, but within these common melons are variations. For instance, watermelon can come in “refrigerator” sized (small and round), or with bright yellow flesh, rather than red. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Many specialty melons can only be found at your local certified farmers’ market and offer remarkable flavor, texture, and color. The Crenshaw, Persian, Sharlyn, Santa Claus, Casaba and the bittermelon, an Asian variety. A myriad of other varieties are also available this summer. Each have slightly different rind and flesh colors, sizes, and sweetness. Try them all!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now that you’ve brought your melon home, we have some great ways for you to serve them:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The ever popular cantaloupe wrapped with prosciutto, a sweet and salty bite that’s a long-time favorite. Or make a salad with cantaloupe chunks, prosciutto, and mozzarella balls. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://www.pcfma.org/recipes/watermelon-feta-salad">Melon ball and feta salad.</a> Get yourself a melon baller, or just cut melons in cubes, toss with crumbled feta, pickled red onion, olive oil, and lemon juice.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Blend melon and rosé wine for a <a href="https://www.pcfma.org/recipes/melon-frose">Melon Frozé.</a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Make a fruity pizza with your favorite melon and ricotta cheese, and topped with fresh arugula. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Watermelon ice pops can be made by blending the flesh and honey or sugar, water, and lemon juice, a real tasty treat on a hot summer day.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Make a <a href="https://www.pcfma.org/recipes/chilled-cantaloupe-soup">chilled cantaloupe soup</a>, refreshing and sweet.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Whip up a <a href="https://www.pcfma.org/recipes/green-machine-honeydew-smoothies">honeydew smoothie</a> for the kids after school, or make an adult beverage out of it with a jigger of gin, rum, or vodka.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Honeydew and cucumber go well together, so toss them with red onion and feta or other salty cheese for a quick side salad.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Another sweet/salty appetizer is honeydew or casaba melon wrapped with thinly sliced lox. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Bittermelon is often overlooked as being too bitter, but in many culture it is used in stews, stir-fries, or soups. Talk with your farmer for some great recipes.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span>There are many other ways to enjoy summer melons, but sometimes the easiest is the best, especially when you slice into a perfectly chilled melon, fresh from the farmers’ market. Visit Swank Farm from Hollister, Resendiz Farms out of Hughson, Wisher Farm in Fresno, or many of the other farmers who bring just-picked, vine-ripened melons to your farmers’ market.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2019-11/Watermelon%20%281%29.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Watermelon" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2019-11/Melons%20%283%29.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Melons (3)" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2019-11/Melons%20%284%29.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Melons (4)" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2019-11/Melons%20%282%29.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Melons (2)" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/melons" hreflang="en">melons</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/watermelon" hreflang="en">watermelon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/cantaloupe" hreflang="en">cantaloupe</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Featured</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> Sun, 31 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 debram 10754 at https://www.pcfma.org One in a Melon! Unusual Melons to Try https://www.pcfma.org/blog/one-melon-unusual-melons-try <span>One in a Melon! Unusual Melons to Try</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/45" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">debram</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/19/2021 - 22:01</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Melons are some of the most delicious fruits of the summer. Chilled watermelon on a hot day is refreshing and sweet, honeydew wrapped with prosciutto divine, and cantaloupe with mint a perfect treat. There are many varieties of melons available at your local farmers' market, not all of which might be familiar, but are equally delicious. Many melons are available at the farmers' market that simply cannot be found elsewhere.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Being the explorers that we are and since melons are in peak season, we set out to discover some unconventional varieties that we hadn't tried before. Here's what we found:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Bittermelon:</strong> Wow, this one is a mouth puckerer! Rightfully named, the bittermelon is a member of the cucumber family and can visually look very similar to an Armenian cucumber. We found a few varieties ranging from a spiky green rind to a wrinkly green, but don't confuse it for a cucumber and put it in your salad! We recommend researching some recipes before giving this one a try.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Goldendew: </strong>This lovely melon is oval and has a pale to medium-light rind with white flesh. At first, the almost chewy flesh was a little disconcerting, but the sweet refreshing flavor won us over. We thought this melon would be great wrapped with prosciutto or ham or made into a nice chilled soup.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Orangedew:</strong> An orange-fleshed honeydew with a pale green to almost white skin, this one is a winner for its mild honeydew flavor and slightly floral aroma. We found it had a nice firm bite but was still juicy. This melon would be tasty mixed with other melons in a salad, made into a refreshing smoothie, or just eaten out of hand.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Canary: </strong>This melon is shaped like a yellow football, elongated in shape, and a lovely bright yellow with white flesh. We discovered the taste to be mild, sweet, and with an almost tangy flavor. Its smell was reminiscent of a pineapple! We thought this would be good as a fruit salsa, in a melon/onion salad with feta cheese, or even blended into a cocktail.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Hami and Golden Hami:</strong> These varieties originated from Hami, Xinjiang in China. This was a favorite among our tasters because it has a crisp and very sweet flesh that has almost an apple texture. Our thought is, it would be good eaten as is right off the rind. The skin is netted like a cantaloupe, and pale beige/white. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Galia:</strong> It resembles a large orange or lemon, has the texture of a cantaloupe, and possesses the flesh of a honeydew. This was another favorite among the staff as the flavor is a combination of cantaloupe and honeydew, familiar yet different in taste. They thought it would make a nice addition to fruit salads. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Korean:</strong> Another member of the cucumber family, we loved this melon!  It has a delicate floral, sweet, and subtly vegetal flavor well suited for chilled, fresh preparations, and found it to be a very pretty melon with bright yellow with white flesh. The skin was thinner than other melons and easy to cut and even eaten. The white flesh was almost crisp, with a very mild cantaloupe flavor with a bit of banana thrown in. We thought this melon would be great for salads and would make a very nice chilled soup.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We hope our journey into the unknown has helped inspire you.  Visit your market today to discover something new to add to your recipe repertoire!</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2021-08/Korean-melon.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Korean" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2021-08/Galia-melon_0.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Galia" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2021-08/Melon-Carnari.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Canari" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2021-08/Hamii-melon.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="Hami" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2021-08/Orange-Dew-melon.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="orangedew" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/featured_image/public/2021-08/BitterMelon-Milpitas-8-7-2016.jpg" width="620" height="405" alt="bittermelon1" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/melons" hreflang="en">melons</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/watermelon" hreflang="en">watermelon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/cantaloupe" hreflang="en">cantaloupe</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/honeydew" hreflang="en">honeydew</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Featured</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:01:17 +0000 debram 10045 at https://www.pcfma.org Melon Frose https://www.pcfma.org/recipes/melon-frose <span>Melon Frose</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stefanr</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/17/2020 - 01:03</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A cool refreshing drink!</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_image/public/default_images/image-placeholder_3.jpg" width="460" height="300" alt="Placeholder image" title="Placeholder" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_image/public/2020-09/Melon-Frose.jpg" width="460" height="300" alt="Melon Frose" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-serving-number field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">6</div> <div class="field field--name-field-prepare-time field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">15 min</div> <div class="field field--name-field-ready-time- field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">240 min</div> <div class="field field--name-field-ingredients field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Ingredients</div> <div class="field--item"><ul><li>1 (750-ml) bottle rosé wine</li> <li>1/2 cup granulated sugar</li> <li>1/2 cup water</li> <li>8 to 10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish</li> <li>1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice</li> <li>1 pound melon cubes (we used a mix of watermelon and Santa Claus melon)</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-featuring field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Featuring</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/vendors/jj-ramos-farms" hreflang="en">J&amp;J Ramos Farms</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/vendors/resendiz-farms" hreflang="en">Resendiz Farms</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/ingredients/beverage" hreflang="en">beverage</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/melons" hreflang="en">melons</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/season/summer" hreflang="en">Summer</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Featured Favorite</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-preparation field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Method</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Pour the rosé into ice cube trays and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. Place the melon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and arrange them so that the cubes are not touching each other. Freeze for at least 2 hours, then transfer the melon into a container or zip-top bag and keep frozen. Meanwhile, make the mint simple syrup.</p> <p>Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until dissolved. Add the mint and bring to a boil. Then remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup into a small bowl, discard the mint leaves, and let the syrup cool.</p> <p>Place the rosé ice cubes, frozen melon, mint simple syrup, and lemon juice in a blender and blend until combined and creamy. Pour into glasses and garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.</p></div> </div> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:03:33 +0000 stefanr 3529 at https://www.pcfma.org Watermelon Feta Salad https://www.pcfma.org/recipes/watermelon-feta-salad <span>Watermelon Feta Salad</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/45" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">debram</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/07/2020 - 17:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Sweet juicy watermelon paired with sharp feta and tangy pickled onion makes for a refreshing summer salad.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_image/public/default_images/image-placeholder_3.jpg" width="460" height="300" alt="Placeholder image" title="Placeholder" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-picture field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_image/public/2021-08/Watermelon%20Feta%20Salad-Recipe%20Shots-July%202021%282%29.png" width="460" height="300" alt="watermelon feta salad" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-serving-number field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">4</div> <div class="field field--name-field-prepare-time field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">10 min</div> <div class="field field--name-field-ready-time- field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">20 min</div> <div class="field field--name-field-ingredients field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Ingredients</div> <div class="field--item"><ul><li>6 cups cubed seedless watermelon</li> <li>1/2 cup feta, crumbled</li> <li>1/4 cup <a href="/recipes/pickled-red-onion">pickled red</a>, sliced into rings</li> <li>12 mint leaves stacked, rolled, and thinly sliced</li> <li>1 teaspoon lemon zest</li> <li>1 tablespoon lemon juice</li> <li>3 tablespoons olive oil</li> </ul></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-featuring field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Featuring</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/vendors/resendiz-farms" hreflang="en">Resendiz Farms</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/vendors/swank-farms-produce-inc" hreflang="en">Swank Farms Produce Inc</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/ingredients/salad-dressing" hreflang="en">salad &amp; dressing</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/watermelon" hreflang="en">watermelon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/melons" hreflang="en">melons</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/season/summer" hreflang="en">Summer</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/onions" hreflang="en">onions</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/cheese" hreflang="en">cheese</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-featured field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Featured Favorite</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-preparation field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Method</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Cube melon into bite-sized chunks. Toss with <strong><a href="https://dev-pcfma.pantheonsite.io/recipes/pickled-red-onion">pickled onions</a></strong>, cheese, sliced mint, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil. Taste before you salt. The amount of salt you want will vary with how salty your feta is.</p></div> </div> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:22:07 +0000 debram 1901 at https://www.pcfma.org