Melon Week Wrap Up


Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

Thank you to Andrew Gooi, of Gooi Films.  Andrew contacted us several weeks ago and asked if we would be interested in participating in a video series he was working on called “a day in the life”, after a few conversations we thought, can we be that interesting?  Really?  Seriously?  Then, the dreaded, we are going to look horrible on camera and UGH the sound of our voices being recorded.  UGH again!  But, with a little trepidation and a whole lot of why not, we decided to jump in.   A true professional, Andrew accommodated our crazy schedules and we shot our first video Monday morning at the larder.  We had no idea 24 hours later he would call to say the video had been edited and was on you tube.  We are just over the moon, that we got to share our story, our craft, our process and what we love to do.

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

A big shout out and thank you goes out to Blue Sky Organic Farms.  Sara and David were so helpful, from Sara providing us with a wonderful selection of melons to use in all our recipes and David taking the time to explain the flavor profile and textures of each of the fifteen varieties of melons he grows, so that we could make good decisions on which melons would go best in each dish we had decided to make for the week.  Thank you for making our jobs a little easier this week and reminding us why it is so important to get to know your farmer!  It makes everything you do in the kitchen easier!

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to you, our readers. We had our highest readership since we started.  Monday with the introduction, followed by Tuesday’s post on selecting, storing and preparing, we saw our page views and visitors skyrocket.  With the busy holiday weekend approaching, we thought readership would dip somewhat and we even considered not posting, but you surprised us and readership stayed strong.  Wednesday’s watermelon soup set a new record for us and then we hit it again Thursday with our melon sangria.  Friday’s reaction was great for our summer melon salad and then Saturday we received the most comments of the week for our refreshing take on granita.  So, thank you, the work is gratifying, being part of this collective and collaborating is truly rewarding and we are all richer for the experience.   We love hearing from you, so keep your comments and suggestions coming, either on the blog or on the MDF facebook page.

Summery Watermelon Soup

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Summertime Melon, Salchichon Salame, Local Greens with Saffron Honeydew Splash

Summertime Melon, Salchichon Salame, Local Greens with Saffron Honeydew Splash

Summertime Melon, Serrano Ham with Local Greens topped with Saffron Honeydew Drizzle by Modern Day Forager

When your local greens and produce are at the height of the season capture all their essence and get some color.  Make this super-simple fast, fresh and easy recipe.  You are sure to shine!

Summertime Melon, Serrano Ham with Local Greens topped with Saffron Honeydew Drizzle by Modern Day Forager


  • 1 cup Tuscan cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/2 cup white honeydew, cubed
  • 1/2 cup yellow honeydew, cubed
  • 1 cup Asian melon, cubed
  • 2 cups Tuscano kale, chopped
  • 1 cup chard, chopped
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 head frisee lettuce, chopped (any well textured lettuce will work)
  • 1 bulb fennel, julienned
  • 1/4 pound Salchichon salame, julienned (any cured meat will work)

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Season with salt and pepper then toss.


  • 2 cups honeydew melon, seeded and cubed
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (neutral)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4-6 threads of Saffron
  • salt and pepper to taste

Puree honeydew in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, pressing with a wooden spoon.

Add oil, lime juice and zest, honey, saffron, salt and pepper; whisk to combine. (my preferred method is to shake in a mason jar)
Honeydew Drizzle by Modern Day Forager

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