The San Antonio Farmer's Market Association is San Antonio's original farmer's market operating neighborhood markets for more than 20 years.
- the freshest locally grown produce, herbs, grass-fed beef, eggs, and more.
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The markets are bursting with produce right now. But how can you tell which is the best?
Choosing a watermelon
To choose a watermelon, first check the shape. A good melon will be symmetrical whether it is round or oval doesn't matter as long as it is symmetrical.
Next, feel the melon, it should feel heavy for it's size and look for a firm smooth skin. Check to make sure there are no soft spots.
Then check the color. A darker color generally means the fruit is sweeter and will have a higher nutritional value with more vitamins and minerals. This is true of most fruits and vegetables.
Finally, check for ripeness. Turn the melon over. If the melon is striped the yellow spot on the bottom where the melon sat in the field should wipe out all or most of the stripes. If the stripes are still pretty clear on the yellow spot, the melon is not ripe yet. On a solid melon make sure the yellow spot is yellow, light green means a not-so-ripe melon.
You can also scratch the skin. A greenish-white color right under the dark outer layer indicates a ripe melon.
Choosing a cantaloupe
Pick it up and smell it. Cantaloupes don't ripen after they are picked so if it doesn't smell musky and fruity with that great cantaloupe aroma, put it back.
Look at the stem end. Cantaloupes pick themselves when ripe so if the stem is still stuck to the melon, you know it isn't ripe.
Finally, press the end opposite the stem, it should give a little. You don't want it mushy, so just a little give. This ensures the melon is ripe enough that you can cut your slice with your fork or spoon.