Although flowers were in full bloom during our visit, it was still late winter, so there wasn’t a wide variety of produce on offer in the hedge veg stalls. Still, in the first two there were bags of chubby carrots, huge onions and tomatoes, European cucumbers, potatoes and fine-looking little cabbages, along with bouquets of cut flowers and cartons of eggs.
Amelia FreidlineMarch radishes proved irresistible to one tourist.And then there was the third stall, with “Fresh Local Veg” painted on the side and a big sign with “RADISH” tacked on the front. Inside was a shallow pan of water holding five bunches of ruby-red radishes.
Though I hadn’t planned to do more than take pictures of the vegetables, I couldn’t resist buying a bunch. After all, you need vegetables even when you’re on vacation.
I plopped my money into the jar (giving the grower a little more than the posted £1.20 price since I hadn’t yet gotten used to the English coin system) and ran back across the road to my friends, gleefully clutching my bunch of radishes.
Though not as excited by the sight of vegetables as I was, my friends — one of whom doesn’t usually care for radishes — pronounced them very good later that afternoon as we ate our lunch by the side of the road at yet another bus stop.
Our late bus eventually came and we found the grave mound without further misadventure, but I was grateful that our unanticipated delay had also given me the opportunity to take a closer look at a part of the island’s culture and produce.
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