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Crops You Can Grow from Produce at a Farmers Market

November 7, 2019

Alright this is John Kohler with
today with another exciting episode for you. Nice beautiful day here in San Francisco,
California we’re on another field trip for you guys. Man, I’ve been traveling so much
lately, it kind of gets a bit tiring but I always having a fun time enjoying it and I
figured out how I could garden at least have my thoughts in the garden when I’m traveling
So besides getting my own personal food here at the farmers market I encourage you guys
always to, if you don’t have your local garden your backyard gardener to eat out, go to farmers
markets and get stuff farm fresh.   So I’m here actually to buy food for myself
to eat for my trip here but also I thought I’d make a video for you guys to share with
you guys some things that may be available at your local farmers market that literally
you can buy at the farmers market instead of take home to eat which then poof, your
food is gone. You can take these things home, plant them in the ground and have them multiply
and reproduce later.  So we’re here there at the Alemany farmers
market, one of my favorite farmer’s markets in San Francisco definitely the lowest prices
and a lot of variety of different produce items that are being sold here. There’s quite
an ethnic diversity at this market so there’s a lot of different a unique and uncommon foods
that you may not normally see. So in any case we’re going around this farmers market and
just share with you guys just some of the foods you can actually buy here, take home
and just literally put in dirt and have a crops coming up the following months in your
garden. Now we’re walking to the farmer’s market the
one tip I want to give you guys is get here early. As you guys can see there’s like a
lineup of cars to get it and parking is notoriously bad. So get here’s early as possibly, I believe
they open at six. And I you know why you could buy apples in plant the seeds out of them,
we’re going to show you guys some stuff you could plant really easily and get some good
yields out of your garden.  So of course the first things I’d recommender
growing, you could buy here or a store is the garlic. You can really by the garlic and
you can just plant each clove and it’ll turn into all another garlic bulb in the season.
When buying garlic like this I try to find garlic that’s actually sprouting up. Because
it’s got a head start. Another popular thing you can grow from the farmers market in the
shallots. So shallots, kind of like an onion or a garlic once again you going to take this
guy put in the ground, planted it, and it’s going to grow up into the greens and then
also produce more shallots in the ground. I like to use the sweet potatoes. So these
guys once again I’d probably just like let them hang out and then a soon enough they’ll
should just start sprouting out little growth which can be cut off. And then planted in
your garden.  Let’s take a look and see if we could find
any other easily plantable things here at the farmers market. Of course you know all
the different fruits. You can eat the fruits save the seeds and plant the seed. There’s
a fun one. Here’s some raw peanuts. You can just take the raw peanuts and plant those
back in the ground soon played the back in the ground. Guess what? They’re going to grow
into peanut vines and more peanut plants. And let me tell you it’s just so busy this
market it’s best to get here as early possible. But another thing to grow there right in front,
the green onions. So you can see they have the little roots out there and you can take
those and try to get one with longer roots. Take it and plant in the ground and they’re
going [00:03:14] unclear for you.   Another cool thing you guys to grow right
here is actually called the chayote squash 75 cents a pound today. This looks like the
kind that’ll do good here in the Bay area. It’s kind of like a light color, few little
spikes on there. Basically you’re just going to take this guy plant it in a pot of dirt
and then as soon enough out this little crack here will actually emerge a sprout and a new
plant. The tips are edible as well as the fruit that it’s going to make in many months
to come. I do have other videos on buying chayote actually at the store to sprout and
to grow into a plant for your garden. Another cool thing you can plant right here,
many of you guys might not even know about it actually called right here. It’s actually
called the wild potatoes and I’m not exactly sure what it is but I bought some last year
and took them home and as you guys can see these are like little wild potatoes with little
root hairs growing out. So you can literally take these guys plant them in a pot and they’re
actually going to come back to life, make some greens and then also are reproduced under
the soil. So definitely really cool, plant some wild potatoes today. 
Another thing you guys could grow is a sugar cane. You can see it’s fresh picked got still
the greens on the top. And if we look all the way to the bottom you can see some still
in the roots. That’s definitely, I’d probably buy the ones with the largest roots. We try
to plant these guys out. In addition what you’re looking for if you’re looking for like
on the little edges there there’s like these little nubs form and these are the things
that our next turn into new plants. So what you’re going to do you going to go ahead and
take the sugar cane and you’re going to go ahead and cut it into little section in this
plant this section. This part face up. And it’s going to grow into a whole new sugar
cane patch before you know it. Another thing you guys can grows right here
that you called the turmeric also known as yellow ginger. I now it as turmeric and as
you guys could see they just freshly dug this stuff out. It’s actually huge. So this makes
these little toot things here I’ll just basically take this whole thing and probably plant the
main stalk this is where it grew above ground. And then I plant a few of these guys and of
course harvest some of these guys yourself to use in your cooking. Now this is a tropical
so it’s going to need a frost free environment for as long a period of time. And I generally
try to buy the smaller ones we’re going to definitely try, see if you guys can grow these.
I’ve done it before so probably do it again. Another crop you guys could grow is right
here it’s actually called the sunchokes and what you going to do are you just going to
go ahead and buy some of these sunchokes. You know just these tubers and these are actually
nice ones. When looking for ones to eat you want to get nice large ones as possible. But
when you’re trying to buy and the plant I would just try to get small ones. Smaller
ones that are whole and don’t have any cut marks. Sometimes when they dig them up they
have a lot of cut marks in them. So I want to try a small ones that with very minimal
cut marks because the cut marks are going kind of basically rot on you. So you want
to get very little cut marks and this actually a nice specimen here to take home and plant
that I’d probably to go through here and pick a lot of small and take them home, plant a
patch of these and come next season you have a whole bunch of these under the ground. Now
you want to be aware that these guys have become invasive and take over area. So plant
them in a place where you don’t mind where these guys will grow and take off and multiply
like mad for you.  So another thing that’s really popular, that
you can also grow from the food itself like the garlic and the shallots you saw is the
standard onion. The onions whether you got the red or the yellows here. I’m sure you
guys see onions if don’t use them in time kind of looks like this, it’ll sprout some
green shoots out the top here and that’s the plant trying to reproduce. So you could literally
take the whole onion and plant it in the ground and it’ll turn into a whole new plant. Now
I wouldn’t normally necessarily recommend that, that’s going to be always be a waste
of an onion, but if you got a couple small ones or they just happen to be sprouting in
your kitchen I would go ahead and plant them.  Last thing I’m going to show you guys is actually
what I bought to plant. Now they’re these guys. Like oh so cute and they smell nice
too. What these guys are basically baby garlic. So these are sold with the roots on and the
little bulbs starting to form and the green tops. So what I’m going to literally do, these
were a dollar for like eleven little garlic’s. I’m going to take these guys and plant each
of them and they’re going basically take hold, take root, come alive, and they’re going to
turn into a full on garlic bulbs at the end of the season.
So this is really cool because it gives you a jump instead of just buying a clove that’s
unspotted it’d be better to get a clove that sprouted or better yet get a clove it’s been
sprouted that’s been growing in the ground for a while like I got here. So that’s definitely
really cool.  What you do want to look for, is you want to look for any kind of stem rpt.
So I did ask them when they harvested these and they said it was harvested last night.
But there’s a little bit is stem rot on some of these guys like they’ve been pretty much
drenched a lot and out I’m going to try have the pick off in the dead stuff because rot
begets rot. Then put these in the ground, plant them and then a I don’t know come four
or five months we’ll have garlic bulbs to dig up because of my baby garlic from the
farmer’s market. Hope you guys enjoyed this episode learning
more about just some of the crops and things you could buy at the farmers market the plant
out in your garden so that you grow your own food instead of being dependent on the grocery
store and even the farmers market. Once again my name is John Kohler with
We’ll see next time and remember keep on growing.


  • Reply Tim Huffman February 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Awesome. Thanks again for another GREAT video John… Hope you have a wonderful Day (… and dont forget to take time to smell some yummy compost!!!)

  • Reply Prophetic End Times February 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    We have been hearing alot about a mega drought in California, could you enlighten us on what exsactly is going on and how bad it is out there?

  • Reply sherri99516 February 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks John, for the great video tour of the Alemany Farmers Market in San Francisco. Excellent see & share of all the local vegetables you can buy at the farmers market, take home and plant to grow your own food at home. A very enjoyable video, thanks

  • Reply Keebler Biskeefin February 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Great vid.

  • Reply Vi McShannon February 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    our Farmers market pretty much lacks in choices here. Sad considering I live in Nebraska! good thing I grow my own garden. I do wish we had a better one though. I would like to try some different things.

  • Reply pappawheely February 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    folks, someone or something has caused the conditions in America. not nice conditions.. please look up weather Geo-engineering and weaponized weather control and haarp. the weather is being totally controlled  to ruin calif crops. and destabilize the rest of America this is true

  • Reply berniegermie February 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    You can also grow Celery by cutting off the bottoms and burying it 1-2 inches in the ground.

  • Reply belgid February 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    that was great, thanks!

  • Reply meatpockets00 February 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Is there any way to protect your crops from chemtrails? The planes spray nearly the whole globe on the daily.

  • Reply MrDoubleU February 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    keep on growin

  • Reply Four Oak Farm February 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I always expect to run in to you in the Bay Area John but have yet to do so. Do random people recognize you on the street often?

  • Reply Ron Moon February 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Celery is one of my favorites re-plant. Cut the base of celery bought from the store about 2-3" from the bottom,, Eat the top, stick the base in water, and a few days later, you have a new plant.

  • Reply Martin Lyngby February 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Nice vid

  • Reply Michael Fink February 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Apple seeds do not produce edible apple trees. 🙂
    I read, in Botany of Desire, that one would actually need to cross two different apple tree saplings to get a tree that produces apples you'd want to eat. 
    Apples grown directly from seeds are ok for ciders though!

  • Reply Praxxus55712 February 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Farmer's markets that I've seen in Minnesota are not held or sold by farmers, just folks who buy from wholesale produce centers and sell them outdoors at farmer's markets. It would be nice to be able to attend one that has actual home grown goodies. 🙂

  • Reply jeff hunter February 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

     john you're aok

  • Reply Josef February 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Dayum, $2 for one shallot…

  • Reply KC Heirlooms & Organics February 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Thumbs up John!

  • Reply TheChattyChatster February 23, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Lucky we still got snow

  • Reply Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable February 23, 2014 at 12:41 am

    It is really quite easy to grow your own food !! Thank you John for sharing !

  • Reply PawPaw Mountain February 23, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Thanks John, You do a wonderful job and are very helpful to all, Thanks again!

  • Reply sfchemist February 23, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Nice ideas, Thanks John. 
    When living in San Francisco I visited the Alemany market many times.  And you're right, get there early as parking almost anywhere in SF is a nightmare and very expensive.  

  • Reply Soroush Haidarzadah February 23, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Hi John…I have a question I want to start gardening in my backyard with the existing soil how can I start and what steps can I take to achieve a nutrient dense garden?

  • Reply High Desert Garden February 23, 2014 at 2:49 am

    I like the way you bring us videos from everywhere.

  • Reply Gotchapic February 23, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I live in Southern California and have heard nothing of water rationing/conserving in this area….

  • Reply miraclemaui February 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm


  • Reply miraclemaui February 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    you are cute! keep on smiling John

  • Reply NikoChico890 February 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    i have a very large aquarium; length 72 " x Hight 20" x With 18 " do you think if would server well as a raised bed?

  • Reply valnaples February 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Awesome! Of all the plants you've shown here, I think turmeric is the first one I will try out here in Florida, since it's a tropical and needs frost-free…the health benefits of this plant are flat-out stunning too due to the curcumin in it! THANK you John–warm hugs from Florida to you for all you do!

  • Reply Marks Sussex Allotment February 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Fantastic Advice, thanks 🙂

  • Reply Gator chicken ranch February 24, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Hi john have you seen this article?
    Talk about government intrusion on organic growing.

  • Reply flo9 February 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

    All I have to say is… start asking everyone at farmer markets if they use their own human waste in their garden soil. It is very popular in some areas and by law they do not have to tell you. It is HUGE by some farmers selling at markets. I am totally against it and yes I have learned how the recycling is done. Unless a human is a PURE 100% ORGANIC RAW VEGAN for entire life and a couple generations… then maybe.. It takes 6 generations for humans to have the health and heal from meat and cooked foods and at least 6 generations being 100% raw vegan.

  • Reply flo9 February 24, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Youtube doesn't allow me to reply to comments. Folks, the sprays and chemicals from the Chemtrails are inescapable. Air travels… the chemicals are inside your home. Surely indoors and greenhouses aren't as bad as the outdoors, but air comes from outside…we have to open doors etc. Anyone claiming they are doing us good is an absolute lie. What they spray are known to harm and kill humans, insects, plants and animals. All are poison, however they spray more toxins in certain areas especially areas with huge farms. I had to move out of a rural area due to it from getting sick every month for 2 years and I saw how they sprayed… I moved 60 miles away and I haven't gotten sick since… yet heavy sprayings and you can smell it especially when it begins to rain. The GOV admits it's used to weather modification… in fact JFK announced they're doing it. It explains most of the tornados, EQ's, droughts and excusive rain. This is going on in most countries and not just the U.S. and the GOV doesn't hide it. Take your soil etc and have it tested and see if this is normal and all the metals and poisons known to be used in chemtrails are there. Chemtails is only a part of what is killing humans and animals etc…. there's HARP too… the do frequency blasts… and cell phone towers etc have a part in it too. 

  • Reply Sandra James February 24, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Thank You John. You give me so much inspiration!

  • Reply Keri Keenan-Tasker February 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Hi John- I just wanted to thank you, and tell you how much my family appreciates your channel. We live out in the country and try to produce most of our own meat, milk products, and produce- and even though your target audience tends to be "city folk" we find your attitude very encouraging! When it seems too hard to get up and do all the work that needs to be done daily on a farm, we pop on your channel and watch and learn. Your attitude and enthusiasm are so encouraging. Keep up the good works! Best garden channel on YouTube for sure! Love from Oregon-country!

  • Reply Jim S February 25, 2014 at 3:36 am

    good info, as usual. 🙂

  • Reply epoc parody February 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    peanuts are insanely hard to grow.

  • Reply Betsy Oman February 27, 2014 at 3:58 am

    There are plenty of farmers markets in Minnesota that are full home grown stuff. There's a directory that lists a lot of farmers markets. The extension service would know where to find it. I also think the public library would know where to find it.

  • Reply coryreview February 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Alex wolffe just an unfortunate reminder that our cities have code enforcement. Ive been cited three times for not having a green lawn and landscaping. And then our water department (same building) hikes up our rates cause its over 100°f and hadnt rained in 11 months. Grass is dumb we pay to water pay to cut pay to throw away but dont eat it?????

  • Reply David Barton February 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Amazing. Thank you for this!

  • Reply Alex Better March 4, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Bulk section is also a great way to get cheap seed for beans and grain or whatnot

  • Reply 2JobsStillPoorUSA March 21, 2014 at 12:05 am

    This got me thinking about what Mom used to do (she was born in 1918)  She would plant the dried beans from our pantry.  I have started some, using the wet paper towel, and baggie method and wow… I think I did too many.  Also, you know those little packets of "hot pepper" you get with pizza? I have loads of those.  So I did a wet paper towel/baggie start of those just now… I winnowed out the dried flesh bits and kept the seed for the test. If they sprout, I'll grow them to see if they produce peppers.  Wouldn't that just be awesome…free hot pepper seed? lol

  • Reply David Bishop March 31, 2014 at 2:26 am

    It seems so obvious, but I never thought of doing this. Great idea!!

  • Reply Shannon March 31, 2014 at 3:46 am

    I love your videos. You are an inspiration 🙂

  • Reply KibbitUpIt April 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Great vid John! I would like to mention that you can also grow lemongrass, which I saw at in the video. Just stick them in water near light and they will root in a few weeks.

  • Reply ManifoldSky April 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    You can actually use an onion, cutting around the center to spare the root and core, eat the parts removed, then plant the root/core, which will sprout and reform over the course of a few months, so you can get two onions for the cost of one.

  • Reply Rachel Lau April 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Pollution is so bad in California I refuse to go back. Look at the haze in the background, your breathing this crap.

  • Reply Andrea Steiner July 8, 2014 at 6:01 am

    I WISH we had a market like that here.  We have a Very SMALL place called "Local Roots" but there isn't a lot of choice like you have.  My DREAM is to see a BIGGER variety of organic non gmo foods available in our local farmers markets.

  • Reply Poshnotch Kenyatta October 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Here's a laugh John.  One year I had a whole garden that I collected from the farmer's market garbage skip.  Our farmers tend to dump the residue of their stock at the end of the sale rather than struggle with them on the buss back home to where they have the produce in abundance anyway.  If you are not too self conscious, then this area has a number of plantables.  Tomatoes, peppers, melons, pumpkins, okras,garlic, eddoes and sweet potatoes.  

  • Reply nery colon 1 October 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Yes their is so much things that you can plant without buying seeds for instance, when you eat a tomato just take a spoon to take out the seed and just plant them. In less than a week they have sprouted. I also took a pigeon pea from the one that I have let it dry and turn brown then planted 2 and know they are around a foot long. When it gets bigger it goes outside. Great video.

  • Reply John Thompson January 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Bought a big orange habanero from Kroger. 10 cents or something. Every seed in it grew.

  • Reply LDebbieg February 3, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Thank you so much John for sharing your videos with us.  I love watching your videos as they are so full of information and very interesting at the same time.  God bless!

  • Reply Mark Gailmor February 12, 2015 at 10:41 am

    green onions are my favorite as well as celery.

  • Reply Valerie Paul July 3, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I just discovered your videos while looking for garden solutions and absolutely love them.  Thanks for your love and dedication to Growing Your Greens'.

  • Reply Jerry Pavich October 1, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I love this guy, I work for the railroad now, but I learned so much from this guy. I am really saving up money just so i can just be a organic farmer market saler. John Can I make money doing this? I used to live in California, but at my mothers house we have 54 haying chickens so we average $2000 a month. I have 600 tomato plants too. one day I want to start jarring my simply organic marinara sauce. what do you think about the idea John? i love your shows, i learn so much from you. 100% American made.

  • Reply Shelley Mcnair January 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    What does a sun choke taste like?

  • Reply Lori Armstrong March 15, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Thanks John!

  • Reply Hollywood Rn April 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Can you do a show on myth versus facts for when to harvest.

  • Reply kg6tgr May 22, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Wow! I really like your videos. You have such enthusiasm and this is quite informative. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply TimeforaChange InGovernment September 22, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Same thing here in Georgia! Really sad, only a couple of things are locally grown. 98% comes from wholesale.

  • Reply Lucy Kelly March 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I think the wild potatoes are yams. Ive tried them. They taste like potatoes but are 90% fibre and are hard to eat. They also have less than half of the nutrition of potatoes.

  • Reply Lucy Kelly March 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    There were four women keenly rifling through the peanuts. What were they looking for? Size? Freshness? I want to grow peanuts but Id like to know what they were looking for. Were there just few fresh ones there?

  • Reply Lucy Kelly March 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    There were four women keenly rifling through the peanuts. What were they looking for? Size? Freshness? I want to grow peanuts but Id like to know what they were looking for. Were there just few fresh ones there?

  • Reply theuglykwan May 5, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    The wild potatoes are yams. In chinese they are called wai san.

  • Reply Steven Gonzalez June 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Chayote squash also produces a big tuber among the roots. Edible. I would cook it. That you can enjoy after harvesting many chayotes of the vine. Said vine needs to climb up some structure where it will grow leaves and flowers and fruit. Yummy.

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