I’ve decided that I’m not just an itinerant gardener; I’m an itinerant foodie as well. The other day, I had the pleasure of being at Nichols Garden when Mike Hessel, the “melon man” brought eight crates of different melons. The scent as he came in the door was sweet perfume!!! They set up a melon tasting preview for this week’s “Garden Time” TV show, and we all got to taste the melons. My favorite was “Hannah’s Choice” with “Jaipur” a close second.
You can come and taste for yourself during the Tour De Plants – Friday the 19th from 11 am to 4 pm and on Sunday the 21st from 1 to 4 pm. Nichols will be offering the seeds next year for these melons; if your taste buds crave more melons before then, if you’re in the Willamette Valley, you can buy the melons at New Season’s Market.
Tonight, we’re having mixed melon balls with vanilla ice cream …and Stam Chocolates (a Dutch delight in Des Moines).
Cathy Wilkinson Barash
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