If you love carrots you have something to look forward to in the cold of winter! Several local growers have bountiful carrot crops that are harvested starting in late August, and continue on through late March. The August through September harvest is primarily from Hi Hoe Produce at Blue Bird Farm. Barking Moon Farm and Blue Fox Farm continue on to February or March. Last week the first of the Pierce Family Farm carrots came in from Northern California near Happy Camp. These giant-sized carrots might be intimidating, but they are flavorful, juicy and sweet! They have been in the ground for at least a couple of deep freezes Like other local carrot growers, Pierce does not harvest their carrots until the order is placed.
Spending more time in the cold ground and less time in the cold cooler is much better for developing sweetness and flavor in carrots. Take the test. Buy a conventionally grown carrot, an organic carrot from central or southern California, and a locally grown, wintered carrot from the Co-op. See if you can taste the difference. It is not unusual for carrots that have been in cold storage to lose their sweetness, and taste more like a plastic bag than a carrot.
Enjoy one of our favorite recipes designed for the sweet taste of winter harvest carrots!
Carrot and Sunny Salad
- Combine the first seven ingredients, mix well.
- Grate the carrots.
- Dry toast the sunflower seeds in a skillet on the stovetop.
- Toss the carrots, seeds, and parsley with the dressing.