No it’s not Jimi Hendrix. Not even close. But up at Augustine’s Farm on King Street the varieties of vegetables will startle even seasoned vegetarians.
“Purple Haze” is a variety of potato and they’re grown right in Greenwich. They taste like a regular delicious potato but are colored purple inside and out. We had to try them ourselves and they are both tasty and colorful. Farmer John said people who make their own potato chips of different varieties and colors love the Purple Haze Potatoes.
That was Puddy Tat’s old refrain, but it was also a dish served often the Depression because the ingredients were inexpensive and readily available.
Combining a grain with a legume provides a dish that is high in all essential amino acids. Farmer John said it has been a good 15 years since he’s has a good crop of lima beans like this one, so this might be your best chance to pick some up from the farm stand.
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And there are also a many varieties of eggplant including Rosa Bianca, Purple Rain, Neon, Clara and Sicilian. And there are Brussel Sprouts. All are grown right here in Greenwich.
Kathy is eagerly anticipating a bountiful crop of cutting sunflowers. Their yellow centers are just starting to peek out over the raised beds alongside the farm stand. In the meantime, she is cutting her treasured dahlias in an array of colors.
Augustine’s Farm is located at 1332 King Street, just past The Griff. Open 9-5 daily.
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