Farmers Market

Do you still remember my post about the opening of St. Norbert Farmers’ Market 2010? If you don’t and haven’t read it yet. Take a look the post and see what I had there.

Before I continue my story what I found at the farmers’ market, I’d like to say thank you to Jiewa for the interview. This is the link to my interview for Initial 5. I’m sorry the interview was in bahasa Indonesia. If you don’t speak the language, feel free to use google translate.

Last Saturday, I went there with my friends. It was really fun to see huge zucchinis, beets and colourful carrots.

Have anybody here ever heard the history of carrots? Why are carrots colour orange? What were original colour of carrots? I never knew that original colour of carrots were different, not just orange. Until last year, I saw a purple carrot and read the story behind this orange carrot.

Based on the internet source, the history of the carrot can be traced back 5000 years. Evidence has been dug up that this root plant originated in Afghanistan. In the early days there were many varieties of carrots, coming in an assortment of colors – purple, yellow, white, black, and red but, surprisingly, not orange!

Carrots began to be cultivated in Europe by the 13th century (1200s). They were well-known to 16th century botanists and writers, who described red and purple varieties in France, and yellow and red varieties in England. Then, the Dutch agriculturist cross-bred the yellow and red carrot to produce a variety that was the emblematic color of the House of Orange. As you know, Dutch loves orange. This carrot quickly became popular and was further developed to become the sweet, succulent orange carrot which is the most recognized color of carrot used throughout the world today.

I brought home also 14 fresh organic corns. Actually, I only paid for a dozen price, but the farmer said I can take two more for free. What I love about farmers’ market is supporting the local growers and sometimes many creative products are sold too such as cocoa chili fettucini. This fettucini was made from durum semolina, free run eggs, cocoa and chili. Very simple ingredients that I can understand what they are.

Cocoa Chili Fettucine

12 COMMENTS

  1. Is summer the best season to visit farmer markets in your place?Interesting information on carrots, thanks for sharing.

  2. @Torviewtoronto: It's cold again today.

    @LCOM: lovely!

    @tigerfish: indeed!

    @TasteHongkong: in Winnipeg, the FM is only through summer up to beginning of fall. We really really have a short warm weather ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love to go to farmers market too. Thanks for the great information about the color of the carrots, good to know that there's they came in other colors too.

  4. Love to go to farmers market too. Thanks for the great information about the color of the carrots, good to know that there's they came in other colors too.

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