At this time of year especially, I can't wait to get out of bed on Sunday mornings. Just the thought of the farmer's market and all of the amazing new fruit in season gets me so excited (it also makes me feel like a huge nerd, but it's what floats my boat)!
We're very lucky to have so much diversity in our fruits and vegetables in southern California. Melons have just started popping up at different vendors at our market and the ones I've sampled are incredible. What's available is not just your basic cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon (though you will find all of those in abundance), but there are numerous different varieties that smell and taste like heaven: Crenshaws, French, Galias, Casabas and more. Every time we're at the market, we are so wowed by the succulent samples being given out, that we end up buying several types because we can't make our minds up.
Melons are packed with vitamins such as beta carotene, potassium, vitamin C and A, so they're a really nutritious snack for kids.
I can just sit with a spoon and half a melon and be happy, but when you get home with your gorgeous melons and want to give them a little extra zip, make this gorgeous recipe and watch your family be as excited as me on a Sunday summer morning!
Photo by Maren Caruso