John Binion for Lee Montana Newspapers
In the case of meals, peaches are synonymous with Georgia, potatoes with Idaho, and bourbon with Kentucky. For Dixon, Montana, they’ve made a reputation for themselves with their high-quality watermelon selection that could be a summer time favourite in Large Sky Nation.
If you first hear about Dixon watermelon, it might make anybody surprise how such a selected crop can thrive and turn out to be so well-liked in a seemingly unlikely area. That’s, till you go to Dixon Melons part-owner Cassie Silvernale, who says this enclave in northwest Montana has the proper microclimate for rising scrumptious watermelons.
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For individuals who aren’t within the distribution space, however are prepared to make the watermelon season pilgrimage to Dixon, the household plans to arrange its first farm stand this summer time to promote some on to customers.
For Cassie’s household, this time of yr means lengthy days and touring lengthy distances throughout the state. When the season is in full swing, “we’re fortunate to even have dinner that point of yr,” Casey defined. So typically they dine on easy watermelon wrapped in prosciutto.
Watching the household enterprise develop has been virtually surreal. “Dixon Melons is our livelihood and helps our household,” Casey stated. However she additionally defined how proud it’s to supply one thing that’s so wanted in our state.
“When that line will get to the (farmers market), that is why we labored so arduous.”
Final summer time, I took a number of of those melons and created a scrumptious dish that would function a gap salad course with a candy and salty edge or a really mild dessert. Watermelon is joined by some co-stars who convey different components to the desk. Feta is a well-liked mixture with watermelon that brings a little bit of creamy saltiness. Mint and basil present complicated natural aromas. So as to add veggies (it is a salad in spite of everything) that weren’t too candy, I introduced in cucumbers. It is one thing you may additionally have the ability to get at a farmers market.
To assemble the salad, you will discover much less course within the recipe with regards to ingredient measurement and proportions apart from the dressing. That is how one can customise it to your style. You possibly can see how I did it within the picture, however let your personal style information the proportions. Blissful summer time, Montana!
Dixon’s Summer time Watermelon Salad
1 tablespoon peanut butter or tahini
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
In a bowl, combine peanut butter (or tahini), honey, and lemon juice and stir properly till the components are blended. Slowly add olive oil, whisking always till blended. Add slightly salt and stir.
Take away the peels from cantaloupe and watermelon and minimize them into small items. Peel many of the cucumber (depart slightly inexperienced for coloration) and minimize into bite-sized items, much like watermelon and cantaloupe. Roughly chop some contemporary mint and basil. Peel your pistachios and minimize them into small items.
Assemble the watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumber combination in your plate and drizzle with the sauce. High along with your favourite mixture of small crumbles of feta cheese, chopped pistachios, chopped mint and basil.
John Binion is a Montana native, born and raised in Billings. Exterior of his day job as an lawyer, you could find John experimenting within the kitchen and creating recipes that always characteristic a Montana ingredient or story. John posts on Instagram as Intermediate Chef (@intermediatechef) and lives in Clancy.