August 23, 2013 - 12:10pm
It's heating up in San Diego, and that means melons will soon be weighing down the farmers' tables at the Little Italy Mercato!
Save room in your shopping bag because you won't be able to resist the multi-colored melons found at Tom King, Suzie's Farm and J.R. Organics' booth. Find tips for best use of these sweet fruits here. Classic red melons are perfect sliced and served on a tray for a BBQ side dish. Use orange or yellow watermelons, oranges and juice from Paradise Valley Ranch and cucumbers from Maciel Farm in recipes like Watermelon Salsa for a punch of color.
Serve up drinks for the grown-ups with a twist; try this Watermelon Tequila beverage with Mikolich Honey, or buy white wine from Triple B Ranches, green tea from The Loose Leaf or Tea Gallerie and your favorite colored melon for a Watermelon Tea Cocktail. Into pickling? Don't toss those rinds! Follow these steps to use the melon shell.
Chop and toss melons into your favorite salads and pick up feta from Nicolau Goat Farm and mint from Riveras Treasure Garden for this Fresh & Frugal Salad.
Enjoy them now.... when this season is over, you'll be melon-choly!