We do our best to pick vine-ripened melons at Fort Hill Farm for optimum flavor.


Storage and Handling:

All melons should be eaten within a week.


Cantaloupes:  also known as a Musk Melon, has sweet, orange flesh.  The best way to tell if a Cantaloupe is ripe is by smelling it.  Smell the end of the melon; it will smell like a nice ripe, sweet melon.  Store ripe melons in your refrigerator for up to a week.  If your melon is not quite ripe, let it sit out at room temperature for a few days until you can smell it.  Then put it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.


Watermelons:  we grow red and yellow watermelons at Fort Hill Farm.  We carefully pick our watermelons after trialing a few before the harvest to note the tell tale signs of ripeness for that particular crop.  Watermelons will not ripen off the vine.  Watermelons do not emit a ‘ripe’ smell and should be handled carefully.  Vine ripened watermelons will crack easily if knocked around.