We woke up this morning to temperatures hovering around zero with a wind chill advisory. The wind gusts of 30-40 mph have caused the wind chill values to drop to near 45 below! Nevertheless, life goes on!
Would you believe, of all things, we were digging carrots on the farm today! Fortunately, we weren't in the garden under three foot snow drifts! Our carrots are buried in sand in the root cellar. The children dug about a dozen, bright orange carrots for me.
The carrots store really well in sand. After we dig them (from the garden), we cut off all but an inch or so of the tops and simply bury them in a bucket of sand. We do not wash them until we are ready to use them. On average, they will keep in the root cellar about 3-4 months.
After I brought the carrots into the house, I washed them and cut them up for our afternoon snack. The tops and peels will get brought out to the chickens for their afternoon snack. ;) It's a blessing to be eating fresh carrots in the middle of January! ....I'm sure the chicken think so!
P.S. For those of you who would like to make a simple vegetable dip, here is how we do it!
Add equal amounts of plain yogurt and mayo. Then add salt, dill (or any other herbs you like), a little mustard, and a little lemon juice. Enjoy!