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Carrot Butter Recipe

carrot butter recipe

Earlier this winter I made crock-pot apple butter. We’ve used it on toast and to sweeten our plain yogurt. Our foster-daughter seems to especially like it this way (in yogurt). Since she’s a bit of a picky eater when it comes to vegetables, I’ve had to find some creative ways to sneak them into her food. One day while slipping some pureed carrots into her bowl of apple-butter-and-yogurt I had an epiphany moment: What if I made vegetable butter?

I considered several veggies: Turnips, sweet potatoes, parsnips. At the end of the day I decided to start by experimenting with carrots. The result is good. The recipe below calls for apple juice or cider at two different stages of the process. I personally used apple cider vinegar during the second stage. Because of this, the carrot butter turned out a wee-bit tart (only a wee-bit!). I still like it – and I think it’s heavenly in yogurt – but I would  probably enjoy it more with bread and butter if I had used juice instead of vinegar.

At any rate, here is the recipe for carrot butter. Even as I type this I’m working on a crock-pot version of parsnip butter (or rather, the crock pot is working on it!). I can’t wait to share the results with you soon!

carrot butter recipe

carrot butter recipe

carrot butter recipe

carrot butter recipe

Click here for the recipe and more photos!
 
 

Great News!

apple boy

At the beginning of this year Arcadia Farms teamed up with two other local growers to respond to a proposal for providing fresh, naturally and locally grown veggies to a local childcare facility. We’re so excited to let you know that our growers group will be providing fresh veggies to the precious little ones of Adventures Learning Centers (in Portage) as part of their Encouraging Adventurous Eaters Project! I’m really excited about veggie brokering (helping other growers sell their produce) and expect that this will be a great partnership!

 
 

Keeping a Garden Journal

Stack of Notebooks

I’m not a scientist by trade or education, but I have to say that I nerdishly enjoy experiments. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I enjoy continuous improvement and believe that trail-and-error lessons are one of the best ways to make things better.

Gardening is no exception to the “learn from your mistakes” rule. In fact, some of the best gardeners I’ve met tell me that their ‘secret’ is to simply observe nature and do their best to follow it. Observation is key to good gardening.

All the same, if you’re like me you’re likely to forget next year what you observed this year. Enter the garden journal!

Why Keep a Garden Journal

A garden journal is a tool you can use to keep track of important garden stats and observations such as temperatures, rainfall, planting dates, fertilizer applications, pest control measures and more. Being able to look back on this information will help you to plan for next year (“Did our pest-control methods work or not?”) and it will help you to identify patterns in your garden that you otherwise wouldn’t detect. In general, a garden journal allows you to record your successes and failures and details that may have impacted the outcome.

How to Keep a Garden Journal

There are many ways to keep a garden journal. Your journal can be as simple as a notebook you make daily observations in or a complex binder with sections for different topics. The main purpose is to provide you with relevant data that you can use to plan (and improve!) next year’s garden. Start simple. That way, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. And after you discover the value in garden journaling, you can always add more detail later.

Click here to read the rest of this article, including links to free garden journals.

 
 
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