As the seasons change, the color palette of the fruits and vegetables that are harvested here in New England tends to, well, desaturate. But that doesn't seem to be the case this week, in large part because Atlas Farm is bringing us organic rainbow carrots for the Boston Organics Community.
The carrot is a root vegetable native to Europe and Southwestern Asia. While the whole plant is edible, the most commonly eaten part is called the taproot, which is most often orange in color but can also be purple, white, red or yellow. Actually, until recent history, carrots were generally grown and harvested in a variety of colors, but selective breeding led to the now-ubiquitous orange carrot color.
If you're looking for a recipe that showcases rainbow carrots' natural beauty, try combining them with radishes and thyme in this fresh recipe for Carrot & Radish Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette.
We've all heard that carrots are good for the eyes, but they're a health powerhouse for the whole body. Depending on the color and variety, carrots boast a variety of health-boosting nutrients, such as Vitamin A, biotin, Vitamin K, potassium, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, folate and so many more!
Pro Tip for Dog Parents: Our canine furbabies love carrots, too. Slice them into coins and keep some on hand for training treats. Or if you don't mind a little mess, give a whole carrot to your pup in lieu of a bone for a fun, crunchy snack. (As with any treat, keep an eye on your pal to make sure they don't choke.) Even Fido appreciates locally sourced, organic fare!
This Week's Local Produce
Beets | Cabbage | Rainbow Carrots
Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
All of the fruits and vegetables we deliver are grown without synthetic pesticides and are USDA certified organic. Interested in receiving produce that's both organic and locally sourced all year round? Check out our Local Dogma Box.
Similar to a CSA or farm share, our Local Dogma Box is filled with the best organic produce from local and regional farms and brought right to your door each week. It's the easiest way to eat like a locavore!