Best Cook: The Turnip King
Eastham turnips are rare. Believers say there’s no turnip like it — not even the ones grown in the next town of Orleans. “You can get the seeds and try to grow them yourself,” Geoffrey explains, “but it has to be Eastham. It’s the soil, the Eastham soil.” Only a handful of people grow them — they’re harvested from November through February — and only a few farm stands and markets in Eastham sell them.
The buzzer sounds, and Geoffrey pulls the pie out of the oven. “Oooo! That looks so very fine!” he croons. With a sharp knife, he pierces the center of the pie and declares it done. “You’ll probably compare this to a pumpkin pie,” he warns, “but just remember it’s not pumpkin. It’s the turnip. The turnip!”