It always feels like there is a very short period after that Thanksgiving feast where you can rest and fill up on detoxifying veggies and wholesome foods in preparation for the the onslaught of holiday cookies, cocktail hours, treats and sweets that descends upon you each December. I try to take advantage of the wintry assortment of vegetables the NYC Greenmarkets have to offer this time of year. My go-to dish is roasted root vegetables. Warm, toasty, juicy and satisfying, you can mix and match any root veg with an array of spices and flavorings to trick you into thinking you’re eating something rich and sinful.
I took a walk through Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Greenmarket on Saturday and was immediately drawn to the vibrant orange carrots from Garden of Eve Farm. Parked right next door was Nature’s Way Farm with all of its delicious local honeys and honey products. The perfect (and absolute simplest) recipe came to mind: Honey Roasted Carrots. I grabbed a bunch of carrots ($4) and a honey bear jar of honey ($6.25) and I had everything I needed! You won’t believe how easy this recipe is…
1 bunch whole carrots, peeled
salt & pepper to taste
approx. 2 tbsp honey (you may use more or less for desired sweetness)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place washed and peeled whole carrots onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper. Toss to coat carrots evenly and spread them out into a single layer. Drizzle the surface of the carrots with honey.
- Bake until desired tenderness, 40 – 50 minutes.
Cooking up these honey roasted carrots will surely inspire you to get out there and support these amazing farmers who bring you fresh flavorful carrots, sweet sticky honey and more every week! Not only can you visit both of these farms, but you can also support them from your own home! Nature’s Way and Garden of Eve are just two of the 13 local farms that are featured in our Farm Animal Calendar for 2018. Each calendar purchase directly benefits these farms as well as GowNYC’s amazing nonprofits and educational initiatives like Grow to Learn and Project Farmhouse. Take a moment and make someone’s holiday with the gift that keeps on giving — purchase here.
You can also visit these fabulous farms year round for weekend getaways!
Located on the North Fork of Long Island, Garden of Eve Organic Farm was founded in 2001 by environmental advocates Chris and Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht. The farm is dedicated to providing delicious organic veggies, fruits and beautiful flowers and they work hard to create the changes they want to see in the world. If you visit the farm, you’ll find hay and pony rides, a corn maze, kids area, festivals, a CSA, cooking classes, a farm-to-table café, farm tours, PYO fruit and more. Visit in September for the Annual Long Island Garlic Festival or in October for the Oktoberfest celebration! TRANSIT: LIRR to Riverhead + 10 minute cab. More on lodging here.
Located in Chemung County in the Finger Lakes, Nature’s Way Farm is a 350+ Hive Apiary selling a wide range of honeys, bee pollen and beehive sourced skin care products at a dozen farmers markets in NYC, at their farm store and online. For three generations, their bees have foraged in one of the cleanest regions in the conutry because, as a family busines, Nature’s way only wants the best on your table and theirs. Visit the farm for honey tasting, group farm tours, quarterly bee keeping classes and on-site beehive experiences. TRANSIT: CoachUSA to Elmira + 15 minute cab. More on lodging here.