Gourmets looking for produce a little out of the ordinary will be glad to stop by Runnymede Farm's stand at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market. From purple Peruvian fingerling potatoes to sweet Italian cippolini onions, Runnymede Farm offers a worldly assortment of vegetables, all grown in Rogue River.
Teri White, owner of Runnymede Farm, has specialized in locally grown produce in hard-to-find varieties for the past nine years, and has been at the Tuesday market for the past three.
White says her fingerling potatoes have been very popular this year. They come in three varieties: Russian banana, purple Peruvian and red thumb. Also popular at the stand are a variety of unusual tomatoes, including heirloom paste and early girl varieties.
"Not too many people grow that," White said while pointing to an heirloom paste tomato. "You can eat them fresh, but they're also great for sauces." The variety is also good for drying, White added.
The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is held on Tuesdays at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday Market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Lithia and First streets. For more information, call 261-5045.