While roaming through the Davis Farmers Market the other day I stopped by Pacific Star Gardens, a small, family owned and operated organic farm located in Woodland, CA. They had a nice display of melons and this one caught my eye. I asked about it and decided it was definitely something I wanted to try. Once I was home I sat down to do a little research and that’s when I found out that the Crane melon has a very interesting history, it has been marked for preservation under Slow Food’s The Ark project, and is featured in the book Melon\’s For The Passionate Grower. The Ark of Taste project aims to rediscover and catalog forgotten flavors, documenting rare breeds and excellent food products that are in danger of disappearing. In partnership with Slow Food USA, Local Harvest lists growers and producers of these items throughout the US. If you can’t find these wonderful melons at your Farmers’ Market you can buy seeds from Sustainable Seed Company and grow your own next year, which is what I plan to do. If you do find them, let me know what you think of Oliver Crane’s creation.