All of our melons have different selection methods - check out the individual variety description for more info on selecting your perfect melon at market.
The melon season generally goes from July to late September, although some years we can have melons as early as June or as late as October. The season - and the melon's quality - depends on how much sun shines on their particular microclimates. A lot of fog and clouds or late rain will postpone our harvest, and a late summer can extend a season by a few weeks or more.
Not Your Average Market Melons
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The specialty melons that Happy Boy grows each summer are all members of the Cucurbit family, whose other members include gourds, squash and cucumbers. Happy Boy has metaphorically - and in some cases literally - travelled the globe to search out the most unique, consistently flavorful and culinary diverse melons that can thrive and reach their maximum potential in our warm California climate.
Whether it be our French Charentais and Spanish Piel de Sapos or the more geographically dispersed orange-fleshed Honeydews, heirloom melons, Crane melons and Crenshaws, sunshine and watchful cultivation are the key to all of our melons' sweetness. Melons need to soak up a large dose of rays in order to truly tempt your taste buds and mature healthily. Their growth takes time, but when the season rolls around - usually by early july - they are a delicious reward for everyone's patience.
Visiting our melon fields, excitedly plucking a melon perfectly ripe from the vine, cutting it open and enjoying it on the spot has stuck with me for years. Our Happy Boy field crew works tirelessly to ensure that our customers can enjoy a similar sensation - we time our different melon plantings to avoid harvest gaps and take great effort to pick melons in the prime of their ripeness, when they are just slipping from their vines. Afterwards we rush them to nearby markets for a mouth-watering experience that truly sums up the wonders of local, organic growing practices with each glowing, delicious slice.
Knowing just when to pick our melons is both an art and a science that comes from years of growing experience. This knowledge is vital in maintaining our melons' quality season after season, as their flavors will slightly develop and become more complex once separated from their plant, but will not produce any additional sugar. What changes the most from harvest crate to your kitchen counter is texture - from firm to soft - as well as juice content, and it is this mix of optimal sweetness, perfect texture and just the right amount of dripping sunshine that helps separate a good melon and a great melon.
Each of our melon varieties has a distinct personality all their own, and with that comes different methods for choosing the perfect one to take home. Check out the varieties below for more in depth information, as well as their unique flavor profiles and textures.
All melons store somewhat differently, but a general rule of thumb to follow is refrigerate a quickly softening melon to slow down the process a bit and a little overnight chill - even for our keepers and watermelons - makes for a refreshing treat the next day.
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You can pair our specialty melons with other fruits, salads, sometimes even with feta cheese or proscuttio.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CARROTS
All it takes is one crunchy-bite, and you'll know why Happy Boy carrots are a customer favorite. Eat them raw, chop some up for a salad, roast them or even make a sweet-carroty soup - these are a must-try crop!