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Carrots for Sweet Color and Other PHS Harvest Tips

September 02, 2021

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As part of PHS Harvest, PHS’s collective food growing initiative to combat food insecurity, PHS gardeners have teamed up with the team at Whole Foods Market to present several videos on growing produce, harvesting the items, plus some easy prep and storage tips.

In its second year, PHS Harvest encourages people in the Greater Philadelphia region to become more self-reliant by growing their own food, sharing with others, and donating to make a difference in the fight against food insecurity. PHS Harvest aims to provide education and resources for novice gardeners to get growing, and for experienced gardeners to grow even more and share with those in need.

Today our focus is on colorful, sweet carrots! 

Harvest 2021: Tips on Carrots with Whole Foods Market

Carrots can be planted several times during the growing season!

PHS’s Meadowbrook Farm, a free public garden, is participating in PHS Harvest, turning out hundreds of pounds of produce, including spring crops like lettuce, summer crops like beans, peas, squash, and tomatoes, and fall crops like garlic and onions. Marta and Abbey at Meadowbrook discuss how carrots should be planted, grown, maintained, and harvested. Tips include:

  • Growing carrots from seed in March for summer carrots; or planting seeds in July for early winter carrots
  • Weeding allows carrots to have more fresh air and become larger and sweeter

Carrots are most-requested from food banks. As Kathleen Wood, Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic Principal Forager, points out, carrots are easy to keep, prepare, and eat. She suggests:

  • Choosing carrots that are slightly larger to ensure sweetness
  • Selecting carrots that are bright in color to ensure freshness
  • Storing carrots without their tops in a sealed plastic bag

And who knew carrots don’t play well with apples and pears?

From April through late October, PHS Harvest welcomes produce donations to its network of food banks and other community organizations to provide access to fresh, healthy food to those in need. To sign up to grow as an individual gardener, or as part of a growing team, or to donate to the initiative, click the button below to learn more.

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