Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Root Down: The Scarlet Queen turnips shine at the Waldo Farmers' Market

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Stony Crest Urban Farms turnips sparkle in the Wednesday sun.
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm's turnips sparkle in the Wednesday sun.
"These are so fresh, they could walk up here," jokes Rodger Kube, who co-owns Stony Crest Urban Farm with his wife, Diane Hershberger.

Their Scarlet Queen turnip (a bunch costs $3.50) is slightly bigger than a golf ball and comes in miniature-golf-ready bright white and pink. (The varieties due in the fall, he says, pack more spice and are bigger.) Kube admits that he hated turnips while growing up on a farm in Nebraska, but he loves them now. He and Hershberger fry or sauté them in olive oil and garlic.

This is only the second year for the market that Kube and Hershberger founded (their farm is at 87th Street and Brooklyn), but it's already a vibrant scene. Barham Cattle Co. & Family Farm has outstanding apple bratwursts among the dozen or more cuts of meat it brings, and K Kringle & Co.'s jams and jellies feature unusual combinations, like champagne blush (Barefoot bubbly and strawberries). Farm to Market sells bread made exclusively for the market (croissants, pumpernickel, semolina). The Good You food truck is usually on-site, and Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones and Green Dirt Farm are expected to join the vendors this summer.

The Waldo Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through October in the small green space adjacent to the Habitat ReStore parking lot. Stony Crest Urban Farm sells its produce at the Waldo market, as well as the Brookside Farmers Market on Saturdays (63rd Street and Wornall) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kube expects to offer turnips, carrots, broccoli and a mixture of greens (kale, swiss chard, mustard, collard) the next few weeks.

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