What You Need to Know About Local Produce

| 4/9/2015 8:36:00 AM

Tags: Carrot, Local Food, Edible, Vegetable, Gardening, Garden, Backyard, Organic, Backyard Farmer, Greg Carbone,

Greg CarboneCan you really tell the difference between locally grown produce and the store bought stuff? For me the proof is in the soup. In this case, carrot soup!

Youngster with amazing Touchon Carrot

Last summer I had the chance to visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. It is an amazing place with oodles of historical things to do and see. One of the highlights of my visit was a tour of the Colonial Garden and Plant Nursery and a chat with its founder, Wesley Greene. Wesley is a wealth of knowledge and has probably forgotten more about plants than most of us will ever know.

Greg and Wesley Greene

During my visit to the area I came across a recipe for carrot soup. Just reading the recipe inspired me to vow to make carrot soup as soon as I returned to the DIY Backyard Farm edible gardens.

Well, a promise is a promise and when I got home I yelled (inside my head of course), “Soup Is On!” I opted to keep my carrot soup really simple by allowing the fantastic ingredients do the talking. For the first pot of soup I used Touchon carrots. The uniform shape and wonderful orange color of this variety of carrot has always captivated me.

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