Melons are interesting because of the varied flavors. There are some
available that can be almost like perfume, and they are very old melons.
There could be criteria for documentation: There could be criteria for
flavor: There could be criteria for beauty! I love my Anne Arundel
muskmelon, which is early American, but may be older. The watermelons
also are varied and interesting. Pumpkins and squash are in the same
family: I think the old English "marrow" squash is quite period, and
could get large.
Maybe the contest shouldn't be about weight and appearance. Have people
grow some old varieties, document them as best they can, and present them
in a period dish! That would be a great competition!
> Gryffin's Mark is late september this year.
> My problem iin setting up such a competition is creating the judging
> criteria. I want the rules published well in advance so that people
> have growing time. But to do that, and have a successful turnout, we
> need concensus on the what.
> Given the scope of the other A&S, I would like to keep it to only one
> farming/garden catagory this year. The only problem I have with melon
> is they all grow to effectively the same size, regardless of
> water/soil/care conditions. Pumpkin is a squash, and they grow
> Please keep up the chatter. We'll figure something out.
> On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 9:42 AM, brenknox <[log in to unmask]>
>> How about melons? Is Gryffon's Mark in September?
>> Brighid O'Mahuna
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>> Subject: [CALONTIR] Farming Competition?
>> For those of you who jumped on the period farming discussion......
>> There seems to be a very real possibility that I will be running
>> competitions at the fall Gryffon's Mark event. We discussed the
>> concept of having a crop competition along the lines of a "Biggest
>> Pumpkin" contest.
>> Except pumpkins are new world.
>> Is there some specific crop that the gathered masses would be willing
>> to all grow for competition this year? Roses? Ugliest Gourd?
>> I am taking suggestions.
>> btw, I AM sponsoring a pickle contest which I hope will be made with
>> cucumbers grown by the pickler.
>> But please, I would like to see a horticulture contest. Please make