Root vegetables take center stage at Menlo Park’s farmers market in winter

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on January 8, 2012

Watermelon radish at Menlo Park farmers market

The produce offered weekly by Heirloom Organic Gardens at Menlo Park’s farmers market is literally divided right down the middle.

On one side of the stand is bin after bin of an seemingly endless variety of leafy greens. When is the last time you saw baby beet tops offered for sale?

Root vegetables takes center stage on the other side of the aisle – lots of turnips, rutabaga and carrots, including some so tiny they look fragile.

Today, though it was the radishes that caught our attention, both for their artful display and their front-of-stand placement. Watermelon radish — with only the “tails” providing a clue to their pink, red flesh — commanded at basket of its own while red radish and golden radish shared space.

Hollister-based Heirloom Organic Gardens has been farming organically since the mid 1970s. They rotate crops in an effort to show the benefits of a diverse diet and provide interesting things to eat.

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Grant Brians January 23, 2012 at 5:16 am

I am the owner/farmer of Heirloom Organic Gardens and I appreciate the comments here about our produce. One thing I would like to mention is that we really do focus on flavor by use of our specific organic growing practices and also selection of only the best tasting varieties of the crops we grow and sell. I learned a long time ago that was the direction I wanted to go in, not searching for the highest producing crops, but the best tasting possible.
Also, I would like to mention that Mary at our Menlo Park location is a treasure trove of nutrition information and all of my farmers market employees and family members are REALLY NICE people….


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