Waiting on Field Fresh

Last week-end up in Denver, we took in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Strolling up one block and down the next, we came upon a culinary student demonstrating watermelon carving.

So there we are, surrounded by exquisite glass, fiber, ceramics, paintings and the like, and we’re

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mesmerized by the art of fruit carving, which is a far cry from the hollowed out watermelon basket filled with melon balls that we’re used to!

Standing there in the hot, hot sun, I ached for a piece of chilled melon.

Summertime is all about watermelon. In this snapshot taken around 1915, a Boy Scout troop on a camp out takes a watermelon break. The boy in the trio at the bottom left, with a quarter of a melon in his face, is my dad.

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Watermelon is the best treat when eaten outdoors, even to the Victorians, who were particularly fond of picnics. Perhaps because it gave them a rare opportunity to socialize without all the formality.

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Watermelon reminds me of sweltering August evenings, when my dad would bring home a pick-up of watermelons, and every house on the block would empty of kids and parents, all of us waiting our turn to receive a thick slice, which we’d take to the curb, and sitting side by side, arms sticky with melon juice and legs akimbo, spit seeds between our knees and into the street.

The watermelon crop in my area is still a few weeks from coming in. While I wait for “field fresh,” I’m partial to the Pixie because it doesn’t take up half the refrigerator, it’s seedless and tastes as sweet as its name.

Plus, when I hold Pixie just so, it resembles a little purse… Watermelon Apron (Medium)a most adorable accessory to my melon feed sack apron.

If you’ve not yet signed up for the Apron Memories newsletter, please do! The latest edition includes watermelon poetry & a vintage watermelon recipe, + you’re automatically entered in my Sunday celebration giveaways. Yay to that!

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

7 comments

  1. Did you pop over & read the ‘watermelon’ piece I did a few days ago? It is really good.

    Love the ‘ancient’ pics … at Girl Scouts we always had watermelon on our campouts.

    That apron is cute … never thought of using the advertising feedsacks for this. Love it. TTFN ~ Marydon

  2. Hey! Thanks for letting me know we’re both inspired by watermelon!

    I’ve had this apron for a long time. The colors are so vibrant, I really don’t think it was washed more than the first time around before she sewed it up. I keep a look out for genuine sacks, just to sew aprons with.

    xxea

  3. My kids are addicted to watermelon. Especially my boy. Loves it. I cant imagine summer without it. Nice feed sack apron too. Bye for now! Julia

  4. What a fabulous picture of your Dad!! How lucky you are to have it too.

    If you have time pop over to my blog and see the pic of my great-grand daddy and the aprons I was given last week. http://sewinstitches.blogspot.com/

    P.S. Got the etsy store going and sold an apron the first week! Thanks for your encouragement.

  5. All I can say about that watermelon carving is, “WOW!” My husband and I tried to figure how they did it! Alas, we are not true-blue creative arteests!

    Thanks for sharing the memory photos and the feedsack apron. Everytime I look at your site I get ideas….mmmm.

    Margaret from
    apron poetry

  6. Hey! The art of fruit carving like this watermelon is actually an ancient tradition from Thailand, where food prepared for royalty was also beautifully presented. I’ve read there are carving competitions, which I’d love to see.

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