2 acre farm: Something Unique

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Something Unique

I have made it my goal to be the person at the market with the unique goods. Sure we plan to show up with green beans and red tomatoes but we will also have purple streaked beans and black tomatoes. So sticking with the plan I tried a whole host of unique vegetables to bring to market.

My current favorite unique veggie is our heirloom carrots named Dragon they have a reddish purplish skin and orange core. One reason it is becoming a favorite is its ability to grow and grow. They were planted at the same time and right next to two different hybrids; Napoli and Interceptor. Napoli is supposed to take 55 days to harvest and Interceptor is a 125 day carrot. Dragon is an 85 day and will clearly be mature as soon as Napoli. We have had an odd spring with long spells of rain, a hot streak in the 80’s in April and an all around inconsistency. Yet Dragon has pushed through and kept growing while the others lie dormant. Not to mention it is incredibly flavorful. Today I pulled two to cook up and I needed to see how close they were to harvesting. As you can see the tips are still a bit white so they could grow some more. I will probably begin harvesting them next week.


Anonymous John Craine said...

very pretty carrots

May 28, 2010 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Nathan (2af) said...

Thanks John! They will make their first market appearance tomorrow, I'm excited to see how people respond to them.

June 4, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Chris Bulock said...

These were very good, roasted along with some turnips.

June 18, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Nathan (2af) said...

I am glad you liked them. There will be a few more this saturday and then that will be the end of the dragon carrots.

June 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

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