It’s been months since I did my veggie of the month post. So much for keeping up with that in our busy months! I’m back now enjoying a quieter pace of life and catching up on our blog and other things. This month I’m going to talk about one of our best selling vegetables…carrots! We grow some awesome carrots here at EverGood. I wish I could tell you our secret so you could grow some too, but we don’t have one. Keep their beds free from weeds, give them water, good soil, and love and that yields some big beautiful carrots. This year we ended up with a carrot bounty! In fact we still have a couple hundred feet in the ground which we may try digging this weekend when the weather warms up a bit. Otherwise we will wait until spring and dig them before they start growing and loose their sweetness.
Carrots are a super food and provide a ton of nutrients and vitamins. They are packed with vitamin A, C, D, E, B1 and B6. They are also rich in biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Have you ever tried white or yellow carrots? We grow an awesome variety which is super sweet. Mature carrots can be stored months in a root cellar and even in the crisper drawer of your fridge. I keep huge bags of them in our old fridge in the basement and they last for months! Unlike organic grocery store carrots which seem to have a bitter taste, ours keep their sweetness in long term storage. If you buy carrots with their tops still on always remove them and store the roots and greens separately in bags.
We eat a ton of carrots in our house. To save time I don’t peel our carrots. I just scrub them, cut them into strips and keep them in a jar of water. That way we can always have a snack on hand. Emmett loves them! I also keep a week’s worth of grated carrots in a jar for quick salads or even smoothies!
Here are some of my favorite recipes:
Carrots as Noodles!
Simple roasted carrots