carrotsEasy to pack and perfect for that favorite dip, the crunchy texture and sweet taste of carrots make them popular among both adults and children. Locally grown Idaho carrots are in season from July through November. For local carrots head to your farmers market or farm stand. Since carrots aren’t grown on a large scale in Idaho you most likely won’t find them in grocery stores.

Carrot Basics

What to Look For: When buying carrots, look for bright orange-gold color and medium size. Usually the smaller the carrot, the sweeter it will be. For fun and variety, look for rainbow carrots. Some Idaho farmers are growing purple, red and yellow carrots!

How to Store: Carrots store well in cool dry environment, such as in the refrigerator. Before storing, remove carrot tops otherwise the green swill soon wilt and moisture will be drawn from the roots, turning the carrot limp and rubbery. Instead of throwing away the tops, which are full of nutrition, try adding them to soups or chopping them and adding to your salads.