Our home, building and animals survived the fire that destroyed Berry Creek, CA. The fire did burn 1/2 of our property, so we have lost pasture and forest. We do have a lot of clean-up work ahead (ash and smoke damage, property destruction from containment lines bulldozed through, etc.) but our primary loss is water.
Our water, the very core of everything David and I do at here has been destroyed by fire. This is fatal to not only us, but to other families and an entire riparian ecosystem here in Berry Creek, CA.
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As for the fire … it is not out yet, but is approaching 50% containment. We still cannot come and go for errands and critical supplies — Hwy 162 is closed at the intersection of Simmons Road and CA Hwy 162 on the eastern edge of Lake Oroville. A return to utility power is weeks, maybe months, away.
Very excited about 2020’s quantity, variety and tastes!
Over the years, we have focused on the sweetest, crispest melon varieties.
We were richly rewarded by this year’s new garden with a bumper crop of the best melons ever!
We have been saving seeds from Collective Farm Woman and Afghan Honeydew for years (heirloom varieties). Sometimes risky as they can cross and then who knows what comes out of the seed the next year. But happy to say this year’s are true to their original.
New this year are the Asian Melon and the Tam Dew. The Asian Melon is definitely a keeper and a high producer. The Tam Dew is our first go at a pure honeydew. We have been hesitant to grow traditional honeydews as the ones in the stores are horrible! No taste. Awful. Happy to report this one is sweet and crisp. A bonus for the Texas Aggie in the house – it was developed at Texas A&M.
What this picture doesn’t convey: 1) the powerful, sweet aroma that filled the air when I cut the melons open and 2) the taste and texture. Maybe think of the sweetest, crispest watermelon you’ve ever had, and transform that into a cross between a cantaloupe and honeydew with extra aroma and sweetness added.