David MacTavish, Moon and Stars, Hutchinson
Farm, August 28, 2011
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
the 2011. Available late
August to mid September, 2013.
In 2010 I was leafing through the Seed Savers Exchange
catalog, thinking to myself that watermelon sure have
changed since I was a kid growing up in the 1970's. I
remembered summers eating mouthwatering (literally)
watermelon, not to mention the childhood joy of spitting
seeds off the deck. Watermelon sure have changed. Now
they're seedless, and along with the seeds the flavour
that I remember has gone as well. You may as well have a
glass of water instead! Thanks to seed savers and the
heirloom seed movement, many of the old great tasting
varieties are available once again. We now grow an
assortment of different watermelon, some classic, some
exotic, all with great flavour, and a story to tell!
- In Season
Early August - mid September.
- Purchasing Tips
It is darned near impossible to tell
from the outside how good a watermelon will be on
the inside. In the field, size, rind colour,
resting spot colour, knocking, tendril die-back,
and historic ETA's, point us in the right
direction, but we rely on good old slicing and
tasting. On the inside a perfect melon will have
fully developed seeds (heirlooms only; hybrids?
good luck!) Watch for translucent flesh around the
seeds, an indication the melon is over-ripe.
Storing at home
Melons that are to be consumed the day you
buy them can be left on your counter, otherwise
they should keep in the refrigerator. All
melons should be washed with soap and water before
slicing them open.
|Named for Blacktail
Mountain in Idaho, this variety was
created from a quest for a watermelon that
could reliably mature in the chilly
mountain climate of Idaho. Not only is it
an early season melon, it is so good that
melon guru Amy Goldman uses it as her
taste reference. An inspiration to all
seed breeders, this watermelon was bred by
Glenn Drowns, a teenager.
|A cross by Chris
Chistenson of the varieties Hawksbury and
Dixie Queen, in Montrose Iowa, 1950.
Beautiful green striped skin, pink flesh.
|Cream of Saskatchewan
2013 Although the origin is
unknown, it is believed it was brought to
Saskatchewan by Russian immigrants. First
documented in 1984, this delightful
watermelon has white flesh, and full
flavour. Handle with care, the rind is
|Moon and Stars
|Moon and Stars is the
poster child of the heirloom seed
movement. First introduced in 1926, this
unique watermelon all but vanished until
it was "re-discovered" by Kent Whealy of
Seed Savers Exchange, after a 30 year
search, growing in Merle Van Doren's
garden near Macon, Missouri. A visual
feast for the eyes, superb flavour for the
|It looks like a normal
watermelon from the outside, but inside,
the orange flesh is breathtaking. Cracking
of the flesh at the centre ("hollow
heart") is typical. First offered by the
Willhite Seed Company in the 1980's, a
|Not available 2013
are best eaten fresh.
- Classic Recipe
Nothing is better than a slice of
melon on a hot summer's day!
- Favourite Recipes