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Dec 8, 2010 05:58 AM

Heirloom Carrots

Now that the farmers markets are closed I am lost in finding some nice heirloom rainbow carrots for a holiday meal this weekend. Are there any places around the city that would still carry these?

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  1. I've bought them at Russo's in the past, but I'd call first.

    1. I love heirloom veg, but carrots. Tomatoes, squash, cukes are worth it, but IMHO carrots are just not worth the fuss.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        I tend to agree, but I really like the look of the heirloom carrots

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Don't underestimate the old adage of "Eating first with the eyes". Heirloom carrots make a dramatic presentation.
          As for the taste, depends how they're cooked. The best tasting carrots I've had were homegrown, multi-colored - and roasted....

          Your mileage may vary... :)

          1. re: okra

            That's the plan, halfed and roasted atop braised short ribs. Now all I have to do is find them.

        2. I'm going to second Russo's. Pretty sure I saw them last week.

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          1. re: andieb

            Yep, I think Russo's is your best bet. They don't put them out in the semi-outdoors section with the other carrots - I think they're usually inside way back in that room where they have broccoli , cauliflower, and greens, or if not there look along the wall in the main room there where they have radishes, chard, etc. .

            1. re: Allstonian

              They were with the chard and radishes in the main room last time I bought them.

              1. re: bear

                Well that was odd, The person I just spoke to from Russo's just told me she's never heard of heirloom carrots.

                1. re: NahantNative

                  You just want carrots with the greens on them... which are not necessarily heirloom.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    Whoops I completely missed the rainbow piece...

                  2. re: NahantNative

                    Huh. Maybe they're not sold as "heirloom", but I've certainly seen bunches of mixed-color carrots at Russo's. They do also sell regular carrots with the greens still on, as Striper Guy mentions.

                    1. re: NahantNative

                      They might be called "rainbow carrorts", but I'm not sure. I've definitely bought them at Russo's. They are beautiful.


                      1. re: NahantNative

                        Agree that Russo's does not call them heirloom. I think they may just call them "yellow" carrots or "purple" carrots. ;)

                        1. re: NahantNative

                          Russo's does sell carrots in bunches with assorted colors (orange, yellow, purple). The actual variety or varieties may be modern, which could explain the confusion.

                  3. I saw them at Verril Farms but that was back in mid-October, so I'd call first before making a trip.

                    1. Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Square has them this week, according to their weekly email newsletter.

                      Dave's Fresh Pasta
                      81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144