02 Sep '12, 11am

Melon madness: How my food waste obsession took over my weekend

Melon madness: How my food waste obsession took over my weekend

“They were piled up outside, on sale,” my dad said, “so I knew they were good.” I make my living advocating the use of fresh, local produce, and I’m the one who cooks when my family gathers at our cabin in Northern Minnesota. So there were several things about my dad hauling a dozen giant melons — honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelons — into the already chock-full galley kitchen out of which I was planning on feeding seven people, plus dinner guests, for the weekend that irked me. First and most obvious: It was early July. Where we were, above the 45th parallel, melons were simply not in season. Second, the melons did not, in fact, fit in the kitchen. At all. The cupboards were full, the fridge was jam-packed, and the counters in the kitchen — or, rather, those areas of the counter that the dog couldn’t reach, because my parents’ dog has a singular talent for nabbing food ...

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