The First Carrot Harvest
Village Farm Team,
Carrot lovers rejoice! These sweet root vegetables are officially back in season on the farm. Our first harvest consists of two different types of carrots: Bolero and Purple Haze. Bolero is a medium-sized carrot with that characteristic orange hue and a sweet, complex flavor. Purple Haze is a medium-sized variety with bright, purple skin that bleeds to the interior and an orange core (they can be quite striking!). Both of these varieties are delicious raw, cooked, pickled, and even juiced. If you’re looking to juice your carrots, we highly recommend the combination of oranges (or grapefruits), carrots, and ginger root.
A newer crop for us that is just on the harvesting horizon is spinach. Spinach is a quick grower, especially when harvested in the baby stage. It is a member of the Amaranth family along with beets, chard, and quinoa. Spinach is believed to have originated in ancient Persia approximately 2,000 years ago, eventually making its way to Europe in the 14th century. We plan on harvesting our spinach in the baby stage and mixing it with baby kale for a lovely winter greens blend. Keep your eyes peeled for it in the next couple of weeks!
If you’ve ever visited the farm, you might have noticed the presence of a diverse bird population. Starting this month on the 24th at 8am, Farm Educator Nathan will be leading monthly bird walks around the farm as a way to recognize the role these animals play in our ecosystem! These walks will provide a new way in which our community can interact with the farm as well as the opportunity to learn a little something about our feathered friends from our resident birder Nathan.
Please note the veggie wagon is open every Saturday from 8am-12pm with sanitary protocols in place!
The Agmenity Farm Team
Words & Photos by Courtney West