Over the past few weeks I have been enjoying The Adventure Of The Carrots over at Rivulet's blog, $12 a day (you'll need to look back over several posts). She's been having a wonderful time growing carrots with her young son. Together they have prepared the soil, sown the seed, watered and watched the growth and a couple of weeks ago they had their first carrots to the great joy of both mother and son.
Rivulet has then been creative with the produce, making carrot and banana muffins, carrot chips, and carrot top pesto and that doesn't even begin to consider the vegetables that went down the hatch just as they were. And frankly I have been jealous.
But not any more! Today I have had my first carrots of the year from my garden. On the left of the picture you can see Paris Market and on the right Nantes. Paris Market has definitely been the more successful so far and I think I may try for a second crop. Nantes is supposed to be a long straight carrot and mine have chosen to do their own thing. But no worries, these are just the first few and doubtless they will taste delicious with the lamb chop I may dig out of the freezer for tomorrow.
There's one thing I really envy Rivulet for though - a child to share the pleasure with. What a privilege to hand on the love of growing food to the next generation!