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Heirloom Carrots

NahantNative Dec 8, 2010 05:58 AM

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?

  1. greenzebra Dec 9, 2010 09:07 AM

    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

    1. Dea Dec 9, 2010 06:31 AM

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

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        andieb Dec 8, 2010 07:31 AM

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

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          Allstonian Dec 8, 2010 07:45 AM

          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
            bear Dec 8, 2010 07:56 AM

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

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              NahantNative Dec 8, 2010 08:11 AM

              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
                StriperGuy Dec 8, 2010 08:25 AM

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

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                  StriperGuy Dec 8, 2010 09:01 AM

                  Whoops I completely missed the rainbow piece...

                2. re: NahantNative
                  Allstonian Dec 8, 2010 08:34 AM

                  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
                    bear Dec 8, 2010 08:36 AM

                    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
                      Bob Dobalina Dec 8, 2010 09:57 AM

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

                      1. re: NahantNative
                        PinchOfSalt Dec 8, 2010 10:19 AM

                        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. StriperGuy Dec 8, 2010 06:21 AM

                  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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                    NahantNative Dec 8, 2010 06:30 AM

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

                    1. re: StriperGuy
                      okra Dec 8, 2010 07:15 AM

                      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
                        NahantNative Dec 8, 2010 07:24 AM

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

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                      bear Dec 8, 2010 06:09 AM

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

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