Carrot, Red Core Chantenay (Organic)
Daucus carota. 70 days.
The ultimate carrot for winter cultivation and storage. Wide shoulders, dense flesh, and solid carrot flavor make it a preferred variety for processing and great for bulk and/or wholesale as the poundage adds up quickly. Grows well in heavy soil, strong tops and wedge shape make for easy harvest. This variety still wins taste tests over all the fancy hybrids out there, but don’t expect the sugary watery-ness of Nantes type carrots (which do have their place, don’t get me wrong); instead the complex carrot flavor and crisp texture will have you wax poetic: “Once upon a toothsome day, I ate a Red Core Chantenay.” Crunch!
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.