One Vegetable One Community 2019-12-05T13:41:50+00:00

Crow Wing County’s Vegetable of 2020 is CARROT!

One Vegetable One Community (OVOC) strives to unite the community by encouraging gardeners to plant, grow, cook, and/or share a single vegetable. The aim is to see the vegetable of the year growing in kitchen gardens, community and school gardens, containers on front porches, in front of businesses, faith-based organizations, and government buildings. Through sharing growing, preparation, cooking, and storing information, OVOC starts a conversation in the community about food, nutrition and how Crow Wing County can support healthier choices. 

The most recent Crow Wing County Community Health Survey found that 2 out of 3 adults in Crow Wing County (65.7%) are not eating the recommended 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day. Crow Wing Energized is launching the One Vegetable One Community initiative to encourage healthy eating.

MEET CARROT

FUN FACTS
• Carrots are not always orange and can be found in purple, white, red or yellow.
• European ladies would wear lacy carrot flowers in their hair in the 15th Century.
• Carrots were the first vegetable to be canned commercially.
• Available year round
• Choose carrots that are firm, smooth, evenly shaped and with a strong orange color
• Wrapped in plastic, they will keep for many weeks in the fridge

HEALTH BENEFITS
• Contains more than 2x the Daily Value of vitamin A, which helps· your eyes to adapt from bright light to darkness.
• Good source of vitamin K.
• Carotenoids found in carrots may help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

DIFFERENT USES
• Dip raw carrots in hummus, peanut butter, or cottage cheese.
• Add to your favorite soups, slow cooker or casserole recipes.
• A great mobile snack and perfect for a quick snack at home.
• Top your favorite salad with sliced or grated carrots
• Put baby carrots in little bags for a handy snack
• Add a small amount of brown sugar to cooked carrots- children may be more willing to try them this way.

TRIVIA
• I grow in the ground. Rabbits love to dig me up and eat me.
• If you munch on me for lunch, I can help you see well in the dark.
• Earliest consumption of carrots traced to hill people of Afghanistan, sun worshippers, who believed orange-colored foods instilled a sense of righteousness. Also used by Greeks and Romans for medicinal purposes.

RECIPES WANTED!
Eating vegetables can happen in a variety of ways. Let’s help each other be creative in increasing our consumption of carrots in 2020 by sharing your recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers or dessert recipes using carrots.  Have a recipe to share? Submit your recipes at anytime to Kalsey Stults by email at kalsey.stults@crowwingenergized.org or by mail to Kalsey Stults, Crow Wing Energized, 523 North Third Street Brainerd, MN 56401.

Crow Wing Energized will be encouraging the community to increase their consumption of vegetables in 2020 by distributing carrot seed packets, sharing carrot recipes, and promoting healthy eating. Follow us on Facebook to learn more.