Joe and Alma Siri are continuing a tradition of growing high quality vegetables started by Antonio Siri, Joe's great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant. The main crops on their 180 acre farm - bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, cilantro, radishes, spinach, green onions, and four types of lettuce - "have been perfected over generations." Everything is grown organically using sustainable farming practices. Last summer Joe and his crew packed radishes, spinach, broccoli, onions and lettuce bound for New Seasons Markets in reusable containers instead of the industry standard disposable waxed boxes as part of the Siri's ongoing effort to create a sustainable distribution system. The program kept 8,000 wax boxes out of the waste stream thanks to a small grant from the Clackamas County Recycling department to OGC. Siri and Sons has also started supplying their sumptuous spinach to Portland area schools. The farm-school connection was forged in December, 2006 by Ecotrust, a Portland nonprofit group.
These turnips have magenta or red colored skin. The outer part of the turnip tastes a bit like a red radish while the inside is sweet like an early turnip. </br></br>For root veggies, turnips are the king of vitamin C. They are also good sources of fibre and manganese.