So today I went to a local farmer’s market and picked up:
1 mini bucket of cherry tomatoes (since my plants are not producing abundantly yet)
1 mini bucket of green beans (enough for probably three servings)
2 yellow bell peppers
1 ear of corn
1 canary melon
for the whopping price of $12.75 for the lot.
I am pretty sure that all of the above was grown locally. When I go to farmer’s markets I try to steer away from things that I know weren’t grown locally (why would I go to a farmer’s market and buy California strawberries or South Carolina peaches when I could get them at a regular grocery store and they would be just the same), so my options on fruit are somewhat limited at the moment. I don’t get why back in March and April it was strawberries galore and now there are no Florida strawberries in the farmer’s market at all…I mean, there are everbearing varieties, so I miss that, but today I decided to try something new and went to a stand that had only seedless watermelons, cantaloupes, and these odd yellow skinned melons. They had samples out, and I really liked the yellow melon, which it turns out is a Canary Melon. It is very interesting because the flesh looks very similar to a pear and is similar in texture, but the flavor is sweet and a little tangy. I really liked it. Now I am off to my mother’s house to get her to cut it up (fair payment since I will be going out to wash horses for her later this afternoon!), because the last time I tried to cut a melon, more of it went in the trash than in the bowl and I nearly sliced off appendages more than once. Anyway, I also find it a bit funny that things like sweet corn and canary melons (which are supposed to be a late season melon) are already ripe here while in a lot of the country people are just now planting those sorts of things out!
Wishing you sun from the Sunshine State!