Carrot, Danvers 126 (Organic)
Daucus carota. 70-75 days.
With its broad-shouldered, conical, orange roots, Danvers 126 carrot is a garden standby that has been around since 1886. Similar to Red Core Chantenay but less blocky and a little more tender, however not as tender as Nantes types. Good for year round carrot production. Split resistant roots grow to about 7” and store well both in the field (if the field mice don’t get them) or the root cellar. A good option for heavier soils, too. A favorite among organic farmers because of its sweet flavor, general hardiness, and vigorous and strong tops that compete well with weeds. Danvers was originally developed by market farmers in the 1870s in Massachusetts, Danvers 126 is an improved strain developed in the 1940s. Aka, Danvers Half Long.
Seed produced by Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Direct sow carrots 2-4 seeds per inch in rows 6-12” apart, April through late July. Keep moist to ensure good germination, which may take up to 3 weeks. Thin to 2” spacing for large roots. Flavor sweetens after frost.
Seed saving is not recommended in locations where Queen Anne’s Lace (wild carrot) is present. Collect seeds from at least 20 plants in their second year. Cut seed head when seeds are dry, remove seeds by hand or by dancing. Winnow or screen to clean. Isolate from other carrots and wild carrot by ½ mile.