SAN ANGELO, Texas — Melon Fest, which will feature a sweet crop of cantaloupes and red- and yellow-meat watermelons, is planned from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 18, at the Farmers Market Pavilion, 609 S. Oakes St., across from Fort Concho.
Many of the Concho Valley Farmers Market vendors, who come from a 75-mile radius around San Angelo, will be offering locally-grown melons for sale, along with other seasonal fruits, vegetables and plants. There will also be music, door prizes consisting of free melons and other produce, and approximately 30 vendors.
The Farmers Market holds sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from the spring through the fall. The selection includes tomatoes, peaches, peppers, okra, squash, zucchini, greens, herbs, onions, leeks, garlic, peas, cucumbers, beans, eggplants, pecans, goat cheese, native Texas plants and homemade products.
Customers are typically charged $1 for a bundle or a bowl of produce. Cantaloupes cost $1 each, and watermelons are $4-$6.
Interested farmers can join the market for $15 or $20, which allows them to set up a stand for $5 or $10 at each sale.