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!


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As both a vendor and a member, I've found Fair Shares to be a wonderful organization to be a part of. It has opened my eyes to a whole range of farmers/producers in the region that I may never have had the opportunity to come in contact with if it weren't for my involvement with Fair Shares. And you folks all rock!

- Josh Allen

Josh Allen, Companion Bread, St. Louis MO
Companion Bakery