A ripe honeydew melon will be a creamy yellow color and the skin will have a slightly waxy feel. It should be firm with a small amount of softness at the stem. Sometimes, the seeds of an especially juicy melon will rattle if shaken.

Uncut honeydew melon can be kept at room temperature for two to four days or until ripe. Refrigerate ripe honeydews for an additional five days. Cut melons, stored in a covered container and refrigerated will keep fresh two or three days. Here are some produce deals around central Ohio for the week of Monday, June 27.

*Kroger (central Ohio) Strawberries - 4 for $5.00 (16 oz.) Organic strawberries - 2 for $5.00 (16 oz.) Raspberries - 4 for $5.00 (6 oz.) Blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (pint) Organic blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz) Seedless watermelon - $3.99 Tomatoes on the vine - $1.68 lb Peaches or nectarines - $1.48 lb (yellow or white) Sweet corn - 3 for $1.00 Red, orange or yellow bell peppers - 3 for $5.00 Wonderful pistachios - $3.49 (10 oz.) Del Monte fruit naturals - 10 for $10.00 (select varieties, 6-7 oz.)

*Meijer (central Ohio) Seedless watermelon - $2.78 lb Blueberries - 2 for $3.00 (pint) Raspberries - 2 for $3.00 (6 oz.) Strawberries - 2 for $4.00 (1 lb) Peach-A-Rines - $.99 lb (cross between a peach and a nectarine) Peaches or nectarines - $.99 lb (white or yellow flesh) Plums - $.99 lb (sunrise red, starless ruby, or midnight moon) Apricots - $.99 lb Seedless watermelon chunks - $1.49 lb Markets of Meijer sliced mushrooms - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz.) Markets of Meijer baby caps portabella mushrooms - 2 for $5.00 (12 oz.) Bi-color sweet corn - $.15 each Cashews or chocolate cashews - $6.99 lb Pistachios - $5.99 lb Almonds - $5.49 lb

*Giant Eagle (central Ohio) Seedless watermelon - $3.99 Pineapples - $2.99 Cantaloupes - 2 for $5.00 Blackberries or red raspberries - 2 for $4.00 (6 oz.) Blueberries - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Strawberries - 2 for $4.00 (16 oz.) Cantaloupe - 2 for $5.00 Peaches - $1.49 lb (yellow flesh) Peaches - $1.79 lb (white flesh) Nectarines - $1.79 lb (yellow flesh) Pineapples - $2.99 Cantaloupe - 2 for $5.00 Cut pineapple medley or melon medley - 2 for $5.00 (8 oz. container) Cut watermelon, pineapple, or cantaloupe - $2.99 (16 oz.) Watermelon spears - $4.99 (24 oz.) Pineapple spear - $4.99 (19 oz.) Asparagus - $2.48 lb Red peppers - $2.49 lb Portabella mushrooms - $2.49 lb Farmers Market grape tomatoes - 2 for $5.00 (pint)

*Aldi (Ohio) Seedless watermelon - $2.99 Blueberries - $1.29 (pint) Strawberries - $1.29 (16 oz.) Honeydew melon - $.99 each

*Andersons Market (Columbus) Cantaloupe - 2 for $4.00 Blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (pint) Blackberries - 2 for $3.00 (6 oz.) Pineapple - 2 for $5.00 Cucumbers - 2 for $.98 Radishes - $.99 bunch Green onion s - 3 for $.99 Bulk redskin potatoes - $.69 lb Red peppers - $1.99 lb

*Marc's (Columbus) Seedless watermelon - $3.89 Cantaloupe - $3.89 Strawberries - 3 for $5.00 (16 oz.) Blueberries - 3 for $5.00 (pint) Blackberries or raspberries - 3 for $5.00 (6 oz.) Peaches - $1.29 lb Tomatoes on the vine - $.99 lb Vidalia sweet onions - $.59 lb Zucchini - $.59 lb Baby Bella mushrooms - $1.29 (8 oz.) Red or yellow peppers - $2.49 lb Klondike rose potatoes - $2.69 (5 lb bag) Fresh cut to go berry bowl or veggie platter - $4.99 each

*Save - A - Lot (Columbus locations) Seedless watermelon - $3.99 Apples - $1.39 lb (Gala, Golden or Red Delicious) Red & Golden Delicious apples - $3.99 (5 lb bag) Apple-orange mix - $3.99 (5 lb bag) Avocados - $1.49 each Bananas - $.54 lb Broccoli - $1.79 Cantaloupe - $1.69 Athena cantaloupe - $2.50 Carrots - $1.49 (2 lb bag) Mini carrots - $1.00 (1 lb bag) Cauliflower - $2.49 Celery - $1.39 Cilantro - $.50 Corn in husk - $.33 each Cucumber - $.59 lb Seedless red or white grapes - $1.69 lb Honeydew melons - $2.49 lb Lemons - $2.50 (2 lb bag) Lettuce - $.99 Green or red leaf or romaine lettuce - $1.49 per bag Mangoes - $.77 each Whole white, sliced or baby Bella mushrooms - $1.79 (8 oz. pkg.) Nectarines - $2.39 lb Okra - $3.49 (12 oz. pkg.) Yellow onions - $1.99 (3 lb bag) Green onions - $1.00 (2 packs) Collard greens bunch - $1.00 Jumbo sweet Vidalia onions - $.79 lb Peaches - $.99 lb D'Anjou or Bosc pears - $1.19 lb Jalapeno peppers - $1.49 lb Serrano green peppers - $2.99 lb Poblano green peppers - $2.99 lb Anaheim green peppers - $2.99 lb Green peppers - $.79 each Pineapple - $2.99 Sweet potatoes - $.79 lb Russet potatoes - $3.49 (8 lb bag) Idaho potatoes - $3.99 (10 lb bag) Klondike red rose potatoes - $3.49 (5 lb bag) Radishes - $1.29 (1 lb bag) Romaine hearts - $1.50 (2 ct. bag) Salad mix - $1.49 (12 oz. bag) Hearts of romaine or Italian blend salads - $2.79 (10 oz. bags) Cole slaw mix - $1.49 (1 lb bag) Roma tomatoes - $1.29 lb Jicama root - $1.59 lb Ginger root - $2.99 lb Yuca root - $1.69 lb Malaga root - $1.99 lb *Valu King (Reynoldsburg) Seedless watermelon - $2.99 Strawberries - $1.69 (1 lb clamshell) Blueberries - $2.49 (pint) Vidalia onions - $.49 lb Stem tomatoes - $1.49 lb Gala apples - $.99 lb Sweet corn - 8 for $2.00 Green beans - $.99 lb Lemons - 2 for $1.00 Iceberg lettuce - $.99 Green cabbage - $.39 lb Mangoes - $.99 each Carrots - $.99 (2 lb bag) Whole mushrooms - $.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Pineapple - $2.29 each Yellow onions - $.99 (3 lb bag) Fresh Express Italian or American salad blends - $1.99(10 or 12 oz. bag)

*Kelly's Market (Columbus) Seedless watermelons - $3.33 Cantaloupes - 2 for $4.00 On-the-vine tomatoes - $1.67 lb Dole iceberg head lettuce - $1.19 lb Red or black plums - $1.57 lb

*Nick's Market (Columbus) Bi-color sweet corn - 8 for $2.00 Seedless watermelon - $3.99 Seedless watermelon cut halves - $.39 lb Vine ripened tomatoes - $.99 lb Peaches - $.99 lb Pineapple - $2.99 Red, yellow, or orange peppers - 10 for $10.00 Vidalia sweet onions - 3 for $5.00 (2 lb bag) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $5.00 (pint) Whole or sliced mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (8 oz. pkg.) Idaho potatoes - $2.99 (5 lb bag) Dole or Fresh Express salad blends - $2.99 (6 oz.)

*Cook's IGA (Columbus) Watermelon - $2.99 Cantaloupe - 2 for $4.00 Peaches - $.79 lb Vine ripened tomatoes - $1.59 lb Bi-color sweet corn - $3.99 (dozen) Portabella sliced mushrooms - $2.99 Fresh Express salads - $2.99 (12 oz.)

*Lovejoy's Market IGA (Plain City) Cantaloupe - 2 for $4.00 Seedless watermelon - $2.99 Peaches - $.79 lb Red or black plums - $1.59 lb Blueberries - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Raspberries or blackberries - 2 for $4.00 (1/2 pint) Tomatoes on the vine - $1.59 lb Portabella mushrooms - $2.99 (6 oz sliced or caps) Fresh Express salad blends - $2.99 (10-12 oz. Italian or American) Garden Highway vegetable platters - $6.99 (24 oz pkg.)

*Jewett's IGA (Mt. Sterling) Cantaloupe - 2 for $4.00 Seedless watermelon - $2.99 Peaches - $.79 lb Blueberries - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Tomatoes on the vine - $1.59 lb Fresh Express salad blends - $2.99 (10-12 oz. Italian or American)

*Hometown Market (Utica, Wadsworth, Centerburg, Canton, and Richwood Cardinal) Seedless watermelon - $3.99 each Seedless watermelon cuts - $.49 lb Sweet corn - 5 for $1.99 Vidalia sweet onions - $.89 lb Tomatoes - $1.29 lb Grape tomatoes - 2 for $5.00 (pint) Whole or sliced mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (8 oz.) Red, yellow, or orange peppers - 2 for $3.00 Blueberries - $2.99 (pint) Red raspberries or blackberries - $2.99 (pint)

*Community Markets (Marysville, Greenfield, Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Washington Court House) Bi-color sweet corn - $.18 each Vidalia sweet onions - $.77 lb Slicing tomatoes - $1.77 lb Peaches - $.98 lb Seedless watermelons - $3.99 Seedless watermelon cuts - $.48 lb Dole baby cut carrots - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb bag) Dole cole slaw mix - 2 for $3.00 (14 oz. bag) Fresh Express classic garden salads - 2 for $3.00 (12 oz. bags)

*Sack 'N Save (Chillicothe) Seedless watermelon - $3.98 Vidalia sweet onions - $.58 lb Fresh Express garden salads plus - $1.98

*GFS Marketplace (central Ohio) Seedless watermelon - $3.49 Strawberries - $6.99 (4 lb box) Vidalia onions - $5.99 (10 lb bag) Select cucumbers - $4.99 (6 ct. pkg.) Bananas - $1.79 (3 lb bag)

*Discount Drug Mart (Columbus, Grove City, Hilliard, Lewis Center, and Powell) Seedless watermelon - $3.99 Cluster on the vine tomatoes - $.99 lb Gourmet English cucumbers - 3 for $3.00 Fresh Express cole slaw - 3 for $3.00 (16 oz.) Short Cut baby carrots - 3 for $3.00 (16 oz.) Red or Vidalia onions - $.69 lb

*Bay's Carnival Foods (Heath, Lancaster, and Circleville) Seedless watermelon - $1.98 each Strawberries - 3 for $5.00 (16 oz.) Peaches - $.98 lb Plums - $1.68 lb Nectarines - $1.68 lb Red or white seedless grapes - $1.68 lb Blackberries or raspberries - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz. pkg.) Trimmed green onions - 10 for $10.00 (5 oz. bunch) Carnival's cut mixed fruit cups - $2.98 lb 3-day produce sale 6/30-7/2*Sweet corn - $.12 each *Muskmelon - 3 for $5.00 *Bunch broccoli - $.99 each *Green peppers - $.48 each *Cucumber - $.48 each *Tomatoes - $.99 lb *Whole white mushrooms - $.98 (8 oz.) *10-pound bag Idaho potatoes - $2.98 *2-pound bag lemons - 2 for $5.00 *Blueberries - $1.98 (pint) *Dole cole slaw mix - $.78 (1 lb bag) *10-pound bag Vidalia onions - $3.98 *Fresh Express garden salad - $.99 (12 oz. bag) *Baby peeled carrots - $.98 (1 lb bag) *Whole Foods Market (Columbus, prices good through 6/28) Organic blackberries - $2.99 (6 oz.) Yellow peaches - $.99 lb Organic strawberries - 2 for $7.00 (16 oz.) Organic seedless red grapes - $2.99 lb

*The Hills Market (Worthington, prices good through 6/28) Peaches - $1.29 lb Apricots - $2.19 lb Blackberries or raspberries - 2 for $5.00 6 oz.) Blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (pint) Driscoll's strawberries - 2 for $5.00 (16 oz.) Cherub tomatoes - $2.99 (10.5 oz. pkg.) Whole or sliced mushrooms - 2 for $3.00

*The Fresh Market (Columbus, prices good through 6/28) Blueberries - $6.98 (2 lb pkg.) Jumbo artichokes - 2 for $5.00 Organic bunched broccoli - $1.98 Premium almonds - $7.99 lb

*Buehler's Fresh Foods (Delaware, prices good through 6/28)) Strawberries - 2 for $4.00 (16 oz.) Blueberries - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Black raspberries - $3.99 (pint, locally grown - Maurer Farms) Earthbound Farms organic salads - $2.99 (clamshell) Asparagus - $1.99 lb Yellow squash or zucchini - $.69 lb Bi-color sweet corn - 4 for $1.00 Iceberg lettuce - $.99 each Freestone peaches - $.79 lb Bi-color sweet corn - 4 for $1.00 Freestone peaches - $.79 lb Honey rock melons - 2 for $3.00

*Sam's Club (central Ohio) Blueberries - $6.98 (2 lb clamshell) Strawberries - $3.78 (2 lb clamshell) Raspberries - $3.98 (12 oz. clamshell) Blackberries - $2.98 (12 oz. clamshell) Green seedless grapes - $5.03 (3 lb pkg.) Red seedless grapes - $5.67 (3 lb pkg.) Black seedless grapes - $5.98 (3 lb pkg.) Dark sweet cherries - $10.98 (3 lb pkg.) Rainier cherries - $9.98 (2 lb clamshell) Ataulfo mangoes - $6.98 (5 lb pkg.) Yellow nectarines - $5.48 (4 lb bag) Cantaloupe - $2.28 Seedless watermelon - $4.50 Mini watermelon - $2.99 Kiwi - $4.88 (3 lb pkg.) Aprium - $5.98 (2.5 lb bag) Honeycot apricot - $4.98 (3 lb pkg.) Pluots - $6.98 Peaches - $7.98 Pineapple - $2.84 each Navel oranges - $7.98 (10 lb bag) Lemons - $3.87 (3 lb bag) Limes - $3.55 (3 lb bag) Granny Smith apples - $5.48 (5 lb bag) Red Delicious apples- $5.98 (6 lb bag) Gala apples - $6.32 (5 lb bag) Fuji apples - $6.32 (5 lb bag) Yellow onions - $4.68 (10 lb bag) Vidalia onions - $3.48 (5 lb bag) Golden red potatoes - $5.98 (10 lb bag) Butter gold potatoes - $5.98 (10 lb bag) Baking potatoes - $7.98 (15 lb bag) Russet potatoes - $3.50 (10 lb bag) Bananas - $1.48 (3 lb pkg.) Fresh garlic - $3.78 (2 lb bag) Sweet red onions - $4.98 (5 lb bag) Carrots - $2.98 (5 lb bag) Organic petite carrots - $4.48 (3 lb bag) Avocados - $5.89 (5 ct. bag) French green beans - $5.98 (2 lb bag) Asparagus - $5.49 (2.25 lb pkg.) Mushrooms - $3.87 (24 oz. pkg.) Sliced mushrooms - $2.53 (16 oz. pkg.) Portabella mushrooms - $4.98 (18 oz. pkg.) Mini cucumbers - $3.98 (2 lb pkg.) Romaine hearts - $3.98 (6 ct.) Spring mix - $3.98 (1 lb clamshell) Baby leaf spinach - $3.97 (1 lb clamshell) Artisan lettuce - $3.98 (6 heads) Iceberg and Romaine blend salad - $2.97 Tossed salad mix - $2.97 (3 lb bag) Iceberg lettuce - $1.88 (2 ct.) Broccoli florets - $4.98 (3 lb bag) Celery - $2.48 (3 ct.) Vegetable medley - $5.47 (3 lb bag, baby carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower) Dole Cole slaw - $2.98 (3 lb bag) Corn - $4.98 (8 ct.) One sweet tomato - $4.98 (2 lb pkg.) Campari tomatoes - $5.98 (2 lb clamshell) Beefsteak tomatoes - $5.98 (6 ct.) Gourmet Zima tomatoes - $5.98 (2 lb clam shell) Roma tomatoes - $4.47 (3 lb pkg.) Ancient sweet peppers - $6.98 (2 lb bag) Multi-colored peppers - $6.98 (6 ct. pkg.) Green bell peppers - $6.98 (6 ct. pkg.) Veggie tray - $9.98 (4 lbs with dip) Seedless watermelon - $4.75

*Costco (Columbus) Mini seedless watermelons - $5.49 (2 ct.) Cantaloupe - $5.49 (3 ct.) Grapefruit - $7.99 (10 lb bag) Ataulfo mangoes - $5.79 (6 ct.) Kiwi - $5.99 (4 ct.) Bananas - $1.47 (3 lb) Mangoes - $7.79 (6 ct.) Baking potatoes - $8.99 (20 lb) Small red potatoes - $6.99 (10 lb bag) Sweet potatoes - $5.99 (10 lb bag) Gourmet medley potatoes - $7.79 (5 lb bag) Jumbo yellow onions - $5.99 (10 lb bag) Gold potatoes - $7.79 (10 lb bag) Vidalia sweet onions - $6.99 (10 lb bag) Red onions - $8.49 (8 lb bag) Haas avocados - $7.99 (5 ct.) Grape tomatoes - $5.99 (2 lb pkg.) Compari tomatoes on the vine - $5.79 (2 lb bag) Beefsteak tomatoes - $6.99 (5 lb box) Bartlett pears - $6.49 (3.5 lb bag) Plums - $7.99 (4 lb box) Pink lady apples - $7.49 (12 ct. box) Braeburn apples - $4.99 (12 ct. box) Gala apples - $7.49 (12 ct. box) Granny Smith apples - $6.99 (12 ct. box) Red delicious apples - $8.79 (10 lb bag) Cara Cara oranges - $8.79 (8 lb bag) Tangerines - $3.99 (5 lb bag) Limes - $6.99 (5 lb bag) Lemons - $6.49 (5 lb bag) Strawberries - $6.99 (4 lb. clamshell) Raspberries - $5.99 (12 oz. clamshell) Blackberries - $4.99 (18 oz. clamshell) Blueberries - $5.99 (18 oz. clamshell) Baby Bella mushrooms - $3.99 (24 oz. pkg.) White mushrooms - $3.49 (24 oz.) Mini sweet peppers - $6.49 (2 lb bag) Red bell peppers - $6.99 (6 ct.) Mixed bell peppers - $6.67 (6 ct.) Carrots - $6.49 (10 lb bag) Shelled English peas - $4.99 (24 oz.) Romaine hearts - $3.99 (6 ct.) Organic spring mix - $4.49 (1 lb pkg.) Organic baby spinach - $3.99 (1lb bag) Spinach - $4.99 (2.5 lb bag) Baby bok choy - $5.79 (2 lb bag) Grand Parisian salad - $3.79 (1 lb bag) Iceberg salad mix - $2.79 (3 lb bag) Living butter lettuce - $3.29 French green beans - $5.99 (24 oz.) Brussels sprouts - $4.99 (2 lb bag) Asparagus - $5.79 (2.25 lb pkg.) Baby cucumbers - $4.99 (2 lbs) English cucumbers - $3.99 (3 ct.) Sugar snap peas - $5.49 (2 lb bag) Broccoli florets - $4.79 (3 lb bag) Jumbo artichokes - $6.49 (4 ct.) Dole celery stalks - $3.59 (4 ct.) Anjou pears - $5.79 (6 ct.) Red or green seedless grapes - $7.99 (4 lb clamshell) Husked sweet corn - $6.49 (8 ears) *Trader Joe's (Columbus) Seedless watermelon - $3.99 Organic strawberries - $2.99 (1 lb pkg.) Organic spring mix - $2.49 (5 oz. bag) Southern greens blend - $3.49 (1 lb bag, mix of mustard, collard turnip greens and baby spinach) Blackberries - $3.19 (12 oz. pkg.) Seedless Persian cucumbers - $2.29 (14 oz. pkg.) Artichokes - $2.99 (4 packs) Tomatoes on the vine - $2.99 (20 oz. pkg.) Freeze-dried strawberries - $3.49 (1.2 oz. bag) Dried Montmorency cherries - $3.69 (8 oz. bag) Organic Thompson seedless raisins - $2.69 lb Pomegranate seeds - $3.99 (5.3 oz. pkg.) Eight Chopped Veggies - $2.99 (16 oz. container, chopped hand packed blend red and green cabbages, carrots, broccoli, Jicama, peppers, radishes and celery) Organic romaine hearts - $2.69 (3 ct. pkg.) Medjool dates - $4.49 (16 oz. pkg.) Bananas - $.19 lb Honeydew melon - $3.49 Cantaloupe - $2.99 Red or green seedless grapes - $3.79 (20 oz. pkg.) Long sweet red peppers - $2.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Tri-color peppers - $3.79 (3 ct.) Grape tomatoes - $3.99 (16 oz. pkg.) Roma tomatoes - $2.99 (18 oz. pkg.) Organic grapefruit - $1.49 each Loose tomatoes - $.99 each Organic sugar plum tomatoes - $3.69 (16 oz. pkg.) Organic tomatoes - $3.49 (16 oz. pkg.) Limes - $.39 each Gold potatoes - $2.29 (3 lb bag) Russet potatoes - $2.29 (3 lb bag) Sweet potatoes - $1.79 (3 lb bag) Teeny tiny potatoes - $1.99 (16 oz. bag) Sweet red onions - $.79 each Baby red potatoes - $1.99 (1 lb bag) Organic Haas avocados - $3.99 (4 ct. pkg.) Organic russet potatoes - $3.99 (5 lb bag) Sweet yellow onions - $.79 each Organic gold potatoes - $3.29 (4 lb bag) Pineapple - $2.99 Mangoes - $1.49 each Organic carrots - $.89 (1 lb bag) Organic broccoli - $2.99 Organic celery - $2.29 Organic romaine hearts - $2.69 (3 ct. pkg.) Romaine hearts - $2.29 (3 ct. pkg.) Organic white button mushrooms - $1.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Organic cucumbers - $2.95 Organic zucchini - $3.99 (2 ct.) Yellow squash - $3.49 (1 lb pkg.) Broccoli bunch - $1.79 Cauliflower - $2.29 Yellow or orange peppers - $1.29 each Asparagus - $3.29 (12 oz. pkg.) Navel oranges - $2.99 (4 lb bag) Grapefruit - $.99 each Lemons - $1.49 (1 lb bag) Fresh herbs - $1.79 (cilantro, mint, rosemary, chives, and parsley) Almonds - $4.49 lb Cashews - $5.49 lb Walnut halves - $7.99 lb Raw pecan halves - $6.49 lb Sunflower seeds - $1.69 lb Brazil nuts - $5.99 lb Marcona almonds w/rosemary - $4.49 (6 oz. bags)

*Sanfillipo Produce (Columbus) All apples $.99 lb. everyday

*Green B.E.A.N. Delivery (Columbus, Cinncinati area) Small organic fruit and vegetable bins - $35.00 per week (A healthy variety of organic fruits and vegetables. This produce bin is the perfect size for 2-3 people.)

Medium organic fruits and vegetable bins - $42.00 per week (A similar selection of fruits and vegetables as the Small Bin, but in larger quantities. It's great for a family of four or a couple of veggie enthusiasts.

Large organic fruits and vegetable bins - $49.00 per week (Similar selection as the medium bin, but with additional items and larger quantities. It's perfect for a large family looking for a diverse and healthy diet.)

For a complete list of the Farmers Markets in Ohio click here.

Some of the grocery chains change their ads in the middle of the week. I will update as I get more information.

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon