Howard McGinnis offers last of the season’s tulips at Menlo’s Farmer’s Market

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on April 11, 2010

Howard McGinnis at the Menlo Park Farmer's Market

There were only a few tubs of tulips at the Farmer’s Market in Menlo Park this morning and farmer Howard McGinnis (pictured with customer) explained that today’s offering would be the last of the season. The McGinnis Ranch grows cut flowers, beans, broccoli, squash, berries, carrots, bulbs, and peas on 17.5 acres in Watsonville. Howard tends the Ranch along with his wife Polly and seasonal workers, selling almost all products directly to consumers. He’s at the Ferry Building in San Francisco on Tuesdays and Saturdays but Sundays find him in Menlo. According to the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture, the McGinnis Ranch is steep; it sits on a 12% grade. The harder it rains, the more time Howard spends his days replacing soil that has washed down the hill. But the grade allows maximum sun exposure and extends the farm’s season significantly.

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