I really think of carrots as a recreational crop, kind of like radishes. The kids love to pull them, even if we’ve never had much luck growing them. Even the tiniest little carrots are pretty thrilling. And unlike radishes, the girls actually like eating them.
This year, though, we’ve had quite a bounty of carrots. I planted them in the new beds, which seem to be much friendlier to root crops. And it’s been rainy and cool enough to keep them happily growing.
We all love the surprise of these plants. We look them over, trying to decide if they’re ready. Maybe dig around a little, peering closely for glimpses of the growing vegetable. Then a big pull, and often a squeal of delight, as they discover the treasure under the soil.