Watermelon Dreams

This greeted me when I drove up to the Farmer’s Market where my mom works in my hometown. As a school administrator and someone who has lived in a large city for ten years now… I must admit, it took me a moment to adjust. A knife? Sitting out in the open? Anyone can use it? What if…? Stop! This is my small hometown and to use a sharp knife to let town-folk slice off a nice sweet morsel of watermelon to try is the right thing to do. Sure enough, just a few minutes into my visit, a lady bought a great big watermelon, sliced off a nice hunk of pink melon to go and waved as she drove away.

I also learned a new technique at the Farmer’s Market. It could be an “Old Wives’ Tale” or it could be scientific in some way. I don’t really care either way, but here’s the theory according to my mom. Place a broom straw or regular drinking straw across the center of a watermelon. If it turns and aligns itself lengthwise with the watermelon, then it’s ripe. I don’t know if it works, but it only takes a second and it sure doesn’t hurt anything. My Aunt Barbara was there to buy a watermelon and mom quickly used that trick to get her the best one!

I found family watermelons here too. When I see the name Stuart in my hometown, I know it’s family.

There was lots of tomatoes, squash and cucumbers.

There was also jars of locally grown honey. I learned something about honey from my grandmother. Again, I don’t know if it’s true or if it’s another “Old Wives’ Tale” — but I will be looking for some local honey to buy this summer just in case. According to my grandmother, if you eat honey that is produced near where you live, it can help you with allergies. There’s a lot of information on the internet, including this from www.pioneerthinking.com:

In honey the allergens are delivered in small, manageable doses and the effect over time is very much like that from undergoing a whole series of allergy immunology injections. The major difference though is that the honey is a lot easier to take and it is certainly a lot less expensive. I am always surprised that this powerful health benefit of local honey is not more widely understood, as it is simple, easy, and often surprisingly effective. — pioneerthinking.com

Do you have any Old Wives’ Tales that you or your family use?


  1. earlyrisers

    Not so much an old wives’ tale, but an old Indian folklore… whenever we were in desperate need of rain, my mother would go outside and stack rocks. I don’t know if it really worked, but we weren’t allowed to knock them down.

  2. Lindsey

    I truely believe the honey thing. Seeing as I have a kid that swells up when he gets near a bug or any rash inducing bush. Now, if I could just get him to like honey…..
    Oh, the straw thing is creepy. I just hope they don’t pull that trick out in front of Jesse!


    The honey works! And yes the straw works too
    !. I have seen it myself. The pictures are absolutly beautiful who knew squash and watermelons photographed so well. I’m with you on the knife. It scared me in Valliant. I worked at school 20 years. Knifes and some of the kids I know. Scarry!

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