Farmers Market Update (Irvine): Impressive Melons & Caption Contest

by | Sep 13, 2009
Impressive Melons

Impressive Melons

If you follow me on Twitter (@summertomato) or Facebook you already know I’ve been down in Orange County the past few days and hit up the Irvine farmers market on Saturday. I’m always impressed by what I find in the OC, but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for melons like these!

Huge Watermelons

Huge Watermelons

I also found some pretty spectacularly-sized daikon, or Japanese radish. Seriously, what do you guys put in your water?

Giant Diakon

Giant Diakon

I thought of about a hundred hilarious things to write under these photos, but I’d love to hear your suggestions. So let the games begin!

In the comments tell us your best caption idea for any of the 3 photos above. The funniest caption writer will be proudly dubbed the Summer Tomato commentor of the week. (note: innuendos welcome, but kindly refrain from NSFW language).

Asian Pears

Asian Pears

Emerald Beaut Pluots

Emerald Beaut Pluots

Since I am heading back to SF on Sunday, I didn’t buy much this trip. However I did grab a few of these emerald beaut pluots and Asian pears to share with friends and family.

I learned that the emerald beaut season is ending here in the OC, which is interesting since I mentioned last week it is just beginning in SF. In my experience, emerald beauts are the last available pluots at the end of the summer.

Jujubes (Chinese dates) are plentiful now here in Irvine. It is also a great time to get peppers, eggplant and assorted Asian greens and vegetables.







Chinese Eggplant & Melon

Chinese Eggplant & Melon

Chinese Long Beans

Chinese Long Beans

Don’t forget to tell us what you found at the farmers market this week!

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13 Responses to “Farmers Market Update (Irvine): Impressive Melons & Caption Contest”

  1. Greg says:

    Is that a Diakon in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?!

  2. Darya Pino says:

    #2: “They sure do feel real!”

  3. Matt Shook says:

    Commute times aren’t the only thing that’s long in the OC…

  4. Who wants to throw JUMBO produce at Kanye West?

  5. robyn webb says:

    Guess how many watermelon balls you could get out of these!

  6. Lizzie says:

    @Matt Shook
    dude, commute times are not long in the OC. you are conflating the OC with LA. big mistake.

    D Bone, those melons have nothing on Rob Edwards’ drawings of synaptic vesicle fusion…

  7. Matt Shook says:

    I lived behind the Orange Curtain for 27 years…sit on the Walnut Avenue over the 55 Fwy or Kraemer Blvd over the 91 Fwy from 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM or 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM and then report back. 😉

    Pretty much all of Southern California has life-sucking commute times in relation to other cities that actually have efficient public transportation.

  8. Lizzie says:

    the 91?? people still take that? disgusting. in all fairness the only commute I’ve ever made in the OC is from home to high school to the Haagen Dazs in Fashion Island for my afternoon scooping job. have avoided the region ever since.

    the 73 is gorgeous.

  9. arvind says:

    Pic 2: “Fondling the melons” or “Hope they’re as juicy as they feel” or (to get a bit more crude) “Can’t wait to get my mouth on this one”

    Pic 3: “Who said the white ones aren’t big” or “The black ones are even bigger”

  10. Matt Shook says:

    Hahaha…yeah, the 91 has like 300,000 trips a day. I can’t blame you for leaving, I was quite happy to leave myself.

    SR73? Too funny, that’s a toll road for the privileged… 😉

  11. Darya Pino says:

    You guys are cracking me up!!!

  12. FoodRenegade says:

    These are some seriously funny captions! I LOVE IT.

    Thank you so much for sharing this in today’s Fight Back Friday carnival. I needed a good laugh.

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  13. Impressive Melons:

    “We thought about trying out for that GEICO commerical, but with this darn eye patch, we don’t stand a chance!”

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