[Market-farming] Re: Crane Melons

Roger Weeks rjweeks70 at comcast.net
Wed Jul 14 19:47:51 EDT 2004

I live in Sonoma County, which is the home of the Crane Melon.
It was adapted by Mr. Crane from melons that came with chinese 
immigrants to the west coast.  It's a muskmelon with a semi-smooth skin 
and wonderful green strips and mottling on the outside, turning yellow 
as the fruit ripens.

It isn't really well known outside of northern California, and in fact I 
had never even seen one when I lived in other parts of the bay area, 
until I moved to Sonoma County.

We've grown them for two years now.  This year we're dry farming some of 
them, and hope to get some really sweet melons.

Roger Weeks
Sebastopol CA

Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 12:08:17 -0500
From: "Adriana" <gutierrez-lagatta at charter.net>
Subject: [Market-farming] Melons - Crane Melons, Fall Crops
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>

Speaking of melons, has anybody grown Crane Melons ? They are one of the
products which are marked for preservation under The Ark project of the Slow
Foods movement in the US.  For more information go to
http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark/cranemelon.html, seeds are avaialble from
Baker seeds.  As a thin skinned melon they do not ship well, thus making an
excellent direct marketing product which cannot be obtained through other


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