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Desparately seeking watermelon - farmers markets or dishes?


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Desparately seeking watermelon - farmers markets or dishes?

rworange | Jul 14, 2006 06:57 PM

I am REALLY in the mood for watermelon. Has anyone bought a good watermelon yet at any farmers market or even regular market ... I'm not a snob ... Berkeley Bowl can have some fine watermelons.

In a watermelon question on the General Board, dry-farmed watermelons are supposed to be good. Does anyone do that here?

One of the farms with the best variety of melons is J. E. Perry Farms in Fremont, but I'm thinking it is too early for them.

My next favorite it Heirloom Organics at Ferry Plaza. They usually are just greens (great chard), but when they have watermelon it is stellar and worth the price ... sigh ... another late August place.

Then there's the vendor at the Sonoma Saturday farmers market whose name I forget. Anyone notice melons there ... or anywhere?

Failing that, any restaurants serving watermelon dishes ... not so into a big tasting menu thing, I want to order a single dish. It is unlikely I'm going to make it to Winterland before it closes, anything else?

While one of the many Latino vendors pushing food carts up my street sells watermelon, mango, etc in plastic baggies sprinkled with chili pepper and a dash of lime, I'm looking for more than that .. although that's where the craving started.

I'm SERIOUS about wanting watermelon.

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