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Still loving carrots

March 6, 2017

As many of you know, we offered a “carrot challenge” to encourage folks to compare real Maine carrots with their California counterparts.  We can’t help but love this picture:carrot-plate

“Just took the carrot challenge in Kennebunkport. Maine carrots 4 California carrots 0. Guess which side of the plate the Maine carrots were on!”

And the Bangor Daily is right there with us. Look at this great recipe for carrot fritters.... http://tastebuds.bangordailynews.com/2017/02/13/whats-for-supper/something-different-with-carrots/.

We’ve also been reading up on carrots. It seems they started in Afghanistan before 900 AD and spread from there. White and purple were the first carrots, with orange joining the line up in Northern Europe in the 1500s and orange and white making an appearance in the US in the 1600s.

Carrots have a lot of health benefits. The USDA reports that medium-size is just 25 calories with 6 grams of carbs and 2 of fiber. ONE carrots = more than 200% of daily vitamin A.  Carrots also contribute balanced diet, can help you meet your dietary needs for calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese to our diets

Carrots are VERY versatile – good raw and cooked in various ways. Our own favorite on the farm are roasted rainbow carrots…and of course as part of a coleslaw with local cabbage. And then there is carrot cake.

We also discovered the World Carrot Museum, http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/experiment.html, where we learned about making carrots into musical instruments and about great carrot projects, carrot magic, and carrot experiments for kids. Who knew?

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