Kaleidoscope Carrots

Certified Organic

Daucus carota

A crunchy rainbow-hued mix of carrots.

Trying to trace the origins of the modern orange carrot is like looking through a kaleidoscope. Shapes and colors reflect and refract, and the more time you spend looking, the more they change. The carrot's geo-genetic story starts with a white and wild bitter root, touched by the sweet yellow sun of the Middle East, growing under purple mountains and bright vermillion sunsets, its seeds passed by thousands of hands of many hues. This prismatic mix reflects the colorful evolution of the carrot.


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Direct sow from mid-April until early August in loose, fertile, deeply-worked soil. Choose your least-weedy soil for carrots, as they are tricky to cultivate when young; carrots can take 10 days to germinate, and can be quickly choked by weeds. Thin young carrot seedlings to 2" apart, then thin baby carrots by pulling out every other carrot, allowing the remaining carrots to grow to full size. While good carrots can be grown in any soil, they only grow to supermarket size in loose and deep soils without too many rocks. Fall carrots can be stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator or in a root cellar for months. Do not store fresh carrots with the tops on; they draw water and nutrients from the roots. Rather, remove the tops after harvesting and use to flavor soup stock.

Days to Germination 10-14 days
Days to Maturity 75 days
Planting Depth ¼"
Spacing in Row 2"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity 4-8"
Width at Maturity 2"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Martha Lewis. Martha's drawings and paintings evoke the intersection between the organic and the constructed. Her prismatic watercolor plays with spiritual diagrams, pie charts, biology, and games: all part of the colorful history of carrots.

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