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Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Beet bonanza. These beets were grown from seed obtained from the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Variety: Early Blood Turnip Root (Betas vulgaris, family Amaranthaceae).

Beet bonanza. These beets were grown from seed obtained from the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Variety: Early Blood Turnip Root (Betas vulgaris, family Amaranthaceae).

There’s just something extra special about the color palette with fresh vegetables — fresh as in minutes after harvest, and in this case chilled to preserve the freshness. This week Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden staff delivered 102 lbs. of beets and turnips to FeedMore. The beets were grown from seed obtained from Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.  Year to date  produce donations: 156 lbs.

Purpletop White Globe turnips (Brassica rapa, family Brassica), heirloom variety, harvested at a good time... not too large, not too small, and with high-quality greens attached.

Purpletop White Globe turnips (Brassica rapa, family Brassica), heirloom variety, harvested at a good time… not too large, not too small, and with high-quality greens attached.

 

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