Celebrating the sun at Menlo Park Farmers Market

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on February 20, 2011

Blood oranges at Menlo Park Farmers Market

Everyone was having the same conversation at this morning’s Farmers Market – “Thank goodness it stopped raining. So glad to see the sun.” That prompted us to stop by one of the market’s sunniest vendors, K and K Farms, which brings a variety of citrus grown in Orange Cove, CA, exclusively to the market. Why only Menlo?

“We love the people here and it’s a good area to showcase our citrus,” said Jacob Scroggins, step-grandson of the owner, who was doing the selling today from the farm’s compact stand.

Four varieties are currently offered: Sutsuma mandarins, Cara Cara pink navels, Murcott mandarins and blood oranges (pictured), which are intriguing due to their crimson-colored flesh.  According to Wikipedia, the dark color is “due to the presence of anthocyanins, a family of pigments commone to flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus fruits. The degree of coloration depends on light, temperature and variety.”

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