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Farm Fresh Beets & More

By Sharon Challenger

(July 1, 2022) There are many wonderful opportunities in Higganum to purchase fresh produce from local farms.

At 1065 Route 81 in Higganum, Jason Burr has provided delicious produce, for many years, to local residents as well as those simply driving by. It all began as a “hobby farm” some thirty years ago when Jason used to help his father, Erwin, plant and harvest crops.  His father passed in 2020 and Jason has continued to work the fields on a much larger scale.

His crops include some of the most sought-after corn, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, kale, summer squash, zucchini and more.

The fresh-picked vegetables are always carefully lined up on his colorful yellow and green roadside stand.

The cart where corn is heaped up in midsummer gets emptied out quickly, as people rush to make their purchase before it is all gone.

Currently Jason has been placing beets and kale out for sale. The beets go for $5.00 per bunch and the kale for $4.00 per bunch.

Fans on social media pages such as Killingworth Stompin’ Ground, are always on the watch and are eager to share their praises:

“The Beets were delicious!” John Z.

“Best farm stand ever!” Joann Z.

“I love all your potatoes.” Olivia D.

Beets are not only delicious, they contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, which may help reduce inflammation in the body. One cup of raw beets contains 13 carbohydrates, 2.2 grams of protein, 3.8 grams of fiber, 0.2 grams of fat, and only 58 calories.  Cooked beets have a little more sugar and sodium.

They are also high in zinc, iron, Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium.

Tips on storing beets: Store roots and greens separately. Cut the greens an inch or two above where they attach to the root. Wash right before using. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight plastic bag. Greens will keep for a few days, the roots for two to three weeks.

With summer just beginning, and vegetables growing rapidly, keep your eyes open for some amazing produce from Jason Burr’s roadside farm stand on Route 81.

Photos by Jason Burr


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