Market Minute: How to Pick a Really Good Cantaloupe


Cantaloupes This week the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market celebrate the sweet, aromatic juicy melon!

There’s few fruits I love more than a cantaloupe in season. I recently learned from a local farmer that the best way to pick a cantaloupe is by smell. It should have a sweet scent and feel heavy for its size. The rind should also resemble raised netting, and have a stem end that yields slightly when pressed. I know this to be true because I have stood in the midst of a mound of cantaloupes and have inhaled the heady perfume of their sweetness without even picking them up. And the taste – beyond delicious.

This is the last Saturday for Timbits Soccer and the sweet and succulent cantaloupe will hail the end of a great season as the soccer snack. Come to the Vandenbroeks Farm’s wagon wearing your soccer jersey for your treat.

The recipe of the week is Refreshing Plum Ginger Granita and if you mention or show the recipe to the folks at Warner Orchards they will give you $1.00 off your purchase of plums! What a deal! Click here for the recipe.

Burrs & the Bees have summer honey in for the first time this year. There is nothing like local honey created from the hive of a beekeeper who is passionate about his profession. I love talking to Terry Burr about the bees. I highly recommend taking the time to stop and smell the honey with him, and if you are lucky you will get a great story as well.

A new busker will be joining the market this week. Bands Fur Animals play music to raise money for the Lincoln County Humane Society. Click here to find out more about this amazing band and their cause.

Have some knives or tools that are on the bad side of dull? Sharp My Knife will be back this week, so make it a one stop shop for sharpening while you enjoy the market.

Crafters Just Wool will be back with their incredible needle felted toys and gifts. Other crafters this week include Kristal Creations who has new items on display and JWare Pottery. Serenity Soap and Bath will also be at the market – I absolutely love their naturally handcrafted soaps. Here’s a tip: the soaps make a beautiful hostess gift when you are invited to a backyard barbeque this summer. And Blooms & Flora will have an array of beautiful flowers – treat yourself or someone you love to the endlessness of summer colour.

Summer is still here! Come and celebrate it at the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market open every Saturday until the end of October from 8am to 1pm at the Optimist Recreation Centre on Brock Road in Aberfoyle.

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Daina Makinson

Daina Makinson is a local Puslinch resident, business owner, volunteer and co-founder of PuslinchToday.

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