Food for Thought / Veggie List 3/9&10/13….The farm will be open regardless of the weather.
Tonopah Rob’s beautiful kaleidoscope carrots. The only thing sweeter than his carrots is his honey.
Baby Carrots: … The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.
The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots – most people probably know this already.
Tonopah Rob grows over 15 different varieties and colors of carrots. Since most carrots are heirloom, Tonopah Rob has had many carrots cross pollinate. Pulling carrots out of the ground is fun, it’s always a surprise. Some carrots come out half purple and yellow, half orange and yellow, half orange and purple and the flavors are fantastic.
What you may not know and should know is the following: Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them (this is the same chlorine used in your pool). Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine.
You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables?
Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer. I thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed.
If you have shopped the farm stand or any of the market locations and you have purchased Tonopah Rob’s carrots, you know his carrots and none of his produce goes through any chemical process. You can eat from the farm and feel great because you know you and your family are eating all natural healthy produce.
Don’t forget to check out and sign up for the Super Duper CSA program. This is an awesome way to give back to your local farmer. If you want to eat chemical free, feel great about the foods you eat, my CSA program is a great way to indulge in the freshness of the farm.