From the Farmer
If there is one crop that the crew loves to harvest, it’s watermelon. I’m not sure if it’s because it brings back memories of playing ball or the idea that when it’s time to stop for a break, there’s a nice, sweet, juicy melon waiting for them but, they love their watermelons.
Our watermelons and cantaloupe are picked ripe. The crew can tell when they are ready when the tendril on the vine, closest to the melon is dried up. With watermelons, we look for the tendril and a yellow spot on the melon where it was laying on the ground.
Watermelons and cantaloupe here at the farm are harvested by windrowing them into the center row. Once done, a crew of 4(one tractor driver, two tossers and 1 catcher) proceed down the center aisle. Two crew members toss melons to another crew member that catches them and places them into the bin. You can imagine the teasing and conjoling that goes on as the tossers test the limit of the catcher.
On days like today watermelon is great for replacing those electrolytes, particularly potassium. So eat up because you should be seeing melons in your share probably for the next three weeks.
Enjoy the harvest,
Jordan Brothers Seafood
Every Tuesday and Thursday at the farm we host Jordan Brothers Seafood. Hands down some of the freshest, most delicious seafood around.
Many years ago I meet Bobby Jordan at the Natick Winter Farmer’s Market. Up to then his seafood business was centered around restaurants but, they were challenging to work with for a number of reasons. We began to talk and I offered him a spot in our parking lot a couple days a week during the summer. We were his first farm that he ever did business with and today he is the fish munger at 7 local farm stands and 8 farmer’s markets every week..
His reputation for great fish is second to none. So look for their truck from 2:00-6:00p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October in our parking lot. During the rest of the year he’s at the farm every Thursday from 2:00-6:00p.m.. If you would like to order a head just give them a call and they will have it waiting for you.