JoHn HanD, of Hand Melon Farm in New York State offers tips on buying rock melon....
Be gentle: A melon should feel slightly soft. USe your hands to feel for bruises. If you hear or feel anything when you shake, it mike be overripe.
Better yet, use your nose: A sweet smell means the melon is ripe.
Take a look: It should not have any remnant of a stem. If it does, it was picked early.
Hit the road: The fruit is best when it's fresh picked, which you are more likely to find at a roadside stand.

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