This time of year, all eyes are on watermelons, and for good reason: local farmers grow stars and stripe melons just in time for the July 4th weekend.
This year, melon fans should be especially grateful for the spring drought. It has yielded an expectedly good run of cantaloupes and musk melons. Annually, local farmers battle overwhelming humidity and regular showers to grow these delicate orange flesh melons, but this year is different. Just ask Garyville farmer Christine Monica. Her family farms in the sandy River soils of St. John Parish, and this year it’s cantaloupe country. Last week, she sold two trucks worth of musk melons at the side of the road in just two days.
So, the next time you curse the drought, be thankful for it bearing fruit: memorable Louisiana cantaloupes. For the Farmers Market Minute, this is Richard McCarthy.