Q: Is Kiss Melons' packaging recyclable?
A: Kiss Melons' entire packaging (header/netting/clip) is 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE) #2 plastic. High-density polyethylene is one of the most commonly used plastics in the United States. It creates no harmful emissions during its production or its use by the consumer. HDPE leaks no toxic chemicals into the soil or water.
Because we choose Non-GMO seeds that highlight flavor as opposed to aroma (like most melons), we found it necessary to brand Kiss Melons. Other reasons for the packaging include dishonest customers (when we used stickers, customers would swap less expensive stickers/barcodes to our melons) and incorrect rings at the register by store personnel (this escalated to the point that several retailers threatened to discontinue their relationship with us).
We recently conducted research on biodegradable options for our packaging. In this research, we learned that A.) biodegradable options produce significantly more fossil fuel emissions than plastic during their manufacture, resulting in a larger environmental footprint and B.) biodegradable options are discarded with regular trash and placed in landfills more often than recyclable plastic options. Recyclable plastic, used in our current netting, is more likely to be placed into a specific recycling container, repurposed into other products and not placed in landfills at all.
Being growers and farmers, we are huge advocates of the earth and honoring sustainability in everything we do, and we truly struggled with using packaging on our melons. We are currently researching “compostable” materials for our netting, which could be placed on a compost pile or broken down naturally in the earth.
Q: Where are Kiss Melons grown?
A: Kiss Melons are grown in several locations in the Western United States: Yuma, AZ; Central Valley, CA near Fresno and Imperial Valley, CA near Brawley.
Q: When are Kiss Melons available?
A: Golden Kiss - Late May to mid-June
Sugar Kiss - Early June to late September
Honey Kiss - Late May to late October
Summer Kiss - Early June to late October
Q: Are Kiss Melons GMO?
A: All varieties of Kiss Melons are Non-GMO. Look for our new "NON-GMO" icon on the back of our Kiss Melons headers starting in our 2018 season.
Q: How can I tell if my Kiss Melon is ripe?
A: Kiss Melons are harvested at peak ripeness and flavor. Your Kiss Melon is ready to eat upon purchase. If you'd like to wait a few days after purchase to eat your Kiss Melon, we recommend refrigerating it.
Q: Why doesn't my Kiss Melon have an aroma to it?
A: The seed varieties we use to grow Kiss Melons are selected specifically for their flavor profiles rather than aroma profiles. Our mission is to produce the most flavor-forward melons possible. It is not unusual for Kiss Melons to have no aroma.
Q: I noticed several brown spots on my Kiss Melon. What are they?
A: Brown spots on Kiss Melons aren't a bad thing! They indicate high sugar levels inside the melon. If you see brown spots on your Kiss Melon, sugars inside the melon have concentrated and your Kiss Melon will taste exquisitely sweet.
Q: Where can I find Kiss Melons in my area?
A: Please click on our "Retailers" tab on the main menu bar above. This page will show national retailers and retailers by specific state that offer Kiss Melons while they're in season.
Q: I have my own garden. Do you sell Kiss Melon seeds?
A: Yes! We sell all varieties of Kiss Melon seed - Golden Kiss, Honey Kiss, Summer Kiss and Sugar Kiss. Cost is $1.00 per seed plus shipping, and we sell seeds in packs of 10. Click on "Shop" in the tab above to order seeds online.
Q: How can I contact you?
A: We can be reached by email - firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter @savorfresh, and Instagram @savorfreshfarms.