We'd Give You the Moon and Stars...

We're always excited to get new varieties of produce in at Fair Shares, especially when they're actually not new at all. This beauty from Lee Farms is a rediscovered heirloom watermelon that dates back to the 1920s (Your forebears probably enjoyed it when it seemed that one of the prerequisites for American presidency was an alliterative name - HH, CC).

Called Moon and Stars for the distinctive yellow speckling on the rind, this is an old-time melon. Not too sweet. Generously seeded. With a run-down-your-arms juiciness that betokens everything good about true Americana.

The eating of an heirloom is not just a privilege, but a responsibility. With it comes the task of maintaining the associated food traditions inherent in its history, both through practice and education. The heritage of Moon and Stars is a time-honored American one of sitting outside and dispensing of the seeds through the increasingly infrequent practice of spitting. Do not let this knowledge be lost to subsequent generations. Pass it on!


Tip: How To Eat Grapes With Seeds

Unless you are just juicing them or cooking them down and straining out the seeds, eating grapes with seeds can be a challenge if you haven't perfected the art. Of course, you can add them to your granola and just pretend they are part of the cereal, like grape nuts (which they are, actually). I find it most...Read more


Fair Shares has created a new level of sales opportunities for area growers beyond restaurants and farmers markets. They have simplified for us the most difficult part of farming: marketing. Selling to Fair Shares has enabled us to sell larger quantities of produce with great ease. Not only is the ordering process simple but we can combine our deliveries with other farms in our area. Their commitment to supporting small local farms is unparalleled in the St Louis area, and we love them for it!

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