I brought in another 10 yesterday, too. We already ate 9 of them. Mr Farmer and I don't like any type of musk melon but the kids eat them up. Mine were Burrell melons from seed saved from last year. Free produce is the best!
Langela, these ripened so fast, we just can't keep up with them. This variety is small (thank heavens), can't remember the name off hand, but the huge ones that are still in the garden were from seeds saved from a melon I bought last year. I'm anxious to see if the flavor is as good as the original was. I hope so, I'll plant fewer next year and enjoy larger melons.
What do you do with them when you have that many?
Cristy, that's what I'd like to know! LOL, I wasn't expecting to get this many, especially ripening all at once. I have four of them diced up and chilling for us to eat right away, a fifth was too ripe and will have to be composted. Another, the smallest, feels soft, so I'm sure it's headed for the compost. Hopefully my son will be able to use the rest of them, as there are more in the garden that will be ripe soon. I'm going to freeze a few chunks today and try them in a smoothie tomorrow. That might be the answer, if I like the flavor.
Well, let us know. I will be interested to find out what you do with such abundance.
I'll be ripe over.... Too goofy? Sorry! Nice melon harvest!
Haha, Nartaya, I love goofy! I wish I could share with you :-)
Well I'm having no trouble by myself eating my 7.5 lb melon. It was huge. I cut it up and I had to use four quart containers for it. But I've got no trouble eating one of those a day since it tastes so good. I just wish the other melons I had picked were as good.
Daphny, I'd bet the big ones out there are about that size. I don't think I could eat one all by myself, though.
CrazyKwilter, I don't have a dehydrator! What would you do with dried cantaloupe? I could freeze a bit, but I'm almost completely out of freezer space with fall bush beans coming on now. Beans are a priority, because the dogs love them, so the whole family eats them.
You have grandkids and don't know what to do while dehydrated melon???
Nope, David. My grandchildren are all grown up, except for Alicyn, and she eats next to nothing. She only eats cinnamon toast and French fries. Typical 3 year old. Besides, I don't have a dehydrator!
How about dehydrating them? Here's a link in case you are interested....http://www.lifelesshurried.com/2012/07/dehyrdrating-cantalope.html
LOL, DFW, are you and CrazyKwilter on the same wave length, or what? Mr. Granny and are eating two of them for breakfast right now. I'm sure the neighbor would like a couple, and my son is always good for two or three. I'm going to make a simple syrup and freeze a few if I can find a little room in one of the freezers.
Wow and wow! That's a very nice harvest of melons. I was pretty pleased with myself when I got 3 melons, one was about as big as yours the rest small and smaller. Like Daphne, I think I could eat them all, not at one sitting, but surely throughout the day :) (if they're sweet)
Random, I'm eating one right now, and it is super sweet and good. Mr. Granny is eating one too, and I think we can probably talk ourselves into a couple more of them at lunch. Then there's a bedtime snack to look forward to. If no more ripen in the next couple of days, I think I have them covered!
oh my I wish I lived closer!!
So do I, Mrs. P., and not just so you could eat the melons! I think we'd love being neighbors :-)
Mine are sitting there, waiting for JUST the right moment. Aren't they????Yours are beautiful. COngrats. And yup-the neighbors are LUCKY!
Oh, I hope so, Sue. You so deserve a glut of melons!
Wow! That is a lot of melons. I had five ready at once and I was freaking out. Thankfully K loves melons.
Rachel, we had melon for breakfast and lunch, and we'll probably have it for dinner and snack! So far we aren't sick of it :-)
Great job Granny! I bet you're loving every bite!
Yep, Jody....so far!
Great harvest of melons Granny. Who needs to visit the neighbors, I'll bet you'll have them finished off by this time next week!
Jody, I have to admit I cut up some and chilled them, and we've eaten most of the container contents!
Boy you've got some lucky neighbors!! What a great looking harvest. Too bad cantaloupe won't hold on the vine longer and you could just pick them as you need them. There's always a glut!!
Stoney, when you're really hungry for melons, that doesn't seem like a lot. After you've eaten, and eaten and eaten them and had your fill....well, they are almost as bad as zucchini!
Wow! I wish I could grow cantalope like that, here. I did try once (and might again) but I only managed two VERY small melons that were not much more than a mouthful. They were delicious, though.Oh, and I see that Ginny has posted again!
Nina, my first two of the year were grown in a pot, and they only got baseball size. One was infested with tiny ants, and the other had a horrid taste and ended up in the compost. The in ground grown ones have been good flavored and much larger.
Oh I wish I were your neighbor!!!Those look sooo good...yum. I do not have the space for melons like that ,but if I lived next door I would want some of those.I would even help you paint for payment in melons:-) robbie
Robbie, I would certainly take you up on that! Yes, they sure do take up a lot of space. I've been trying to cut back vines this week, as I know no new fruits would have time to ripen, and the vines are overtaking the carrot bed and pathway.
I saw this recipe today and thought of you :)http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/cantaloupe-and-campari-pops-recipe/index.html?soc=fb
Melons are on the list for next year! Not a bad problem to have