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