Healthy Choices Leads to Healthier Futures
From our farm to your kitchen table, this super vegetable is naturally loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.
Some of the Health Benefits of Carrots
- They are a great source of vitamin A. About ½ cup of raw carrots has 51% daily value of vitamin A. This vitamin A content actually comes from provitamin A carotenoids which help your body fight infections.
- They are great for your eyes. Studies have shown that carotenoids, an antioxidant pigment found in carrots, may decrease your risk of age-related macular degeneration.
- They can help reduce your risk of cancer.Carotenoids may help protect against prostate, colon and stomach cancer. Plus, one study noted that women who have high circulating levels of carotenoids may also have a reduced risk of breast cancer.
- They’re good for your heart. High blood cholesterol and heart disease go hand-in-hand. However, studies found that eating more carrots has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, thereby decreasing your risk for heart disease.
- They can help you lose weight. Since 1 cup of carrots only have 52 calories, they can actually help you feel fuller longer and in turn, decrease the amount of calories you eat. If you’re looking to lose weight, try adding some carrots into your food rotation
At the end of the day it's not just carrots. The end goal is bigger than what we grow, pack and sell each day.
Questions & Answers
What is your experience and background?
We have been growing and supplying carrots to grocery stores since 2016. The Heck Family has been farming in the Peace Region for over 100 years. Both Gordie and Jackie grew up on family farms, farming roots are deep for both of them. Gordie has been actively farming for over 25 years. Jackie is an Agronomist and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. We work as a team planning, growing, harvesting, storing and processing, and delivering our carrot crop.
How nutritious are carrots?
All carrots — independent of their color — are packed with a variety of nutrients, such as fiber, potassium, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin A, and certain B vitamins. Additionally, they’re relatively low in calories, with 1 cup (128 grams) of raw carrots delivering just 52 calories.
How do you grow your carrots?
Our carrots are grown on the extremely fertile soil on the north banks of the mighty peace river valley. The carrots are seeded into raised beds making sure the soil is optimal for growing. We use non GMO carrot seeds placed with perfect seed placement into the raised beds. We layout above ground rainhead irrigation in the spring, allowing for the ability to supply adequate water to the carrots all growing season. We use best practices to feed and water the carrots plants and maintain soil quality. We meet or exceed all guidelines and regulations set by the CFIA which are among the highest standards for environmental management and food safety in the world. We take careful steps to respect our world and environment and are always looking for ways to get better, so we all can feel good about eating our Home Roots carrots.
Why do you cut the crown off carrots?
A topped carrot provides a 100% usable carrot for the consumer. This passes on savings and is a responsible management practice; there is less waste to the consumer, the consumer can use the entire carrot- why pay for something that you end up throwing away? This process sets a high standard and is very labor intensive. We pride ourselves on providing the very best quality to our customers.
With our special care and extra attention to how we store and sell our Home Roots carrots we make sure the nutrition and sweet quality remains. Without the crown the carrot does not try to grow again in storage, thus all the nutrients remain in the carrot. This ensures higher nutritional standards which are passed onto the consumer.
What makes you stand out?
Our signature sweet taste, we test our carrots with a digital refractometer for sweetness levels. We also test competitors’ carrots found at the grocery stores. We have not found one carrot that out preforms our carrots in sweetness levels. Why settle for produce that does not taste like a carrot should?
How to Store Your Home Roots Carrots
Thank you for purchasing Home Roots carrots! To open the bag, we know it’s tempting to just rip it open, but cut open the taped area. To close the bag use a bread clip, twist tie or whatever you use to close bags, this will keep the carrots from drying out and keeps them fresh longer. Store your carrots in your fridge crisper. When storing carrots, keep them away from vegetables and fruits like apples, pears, ripe bananas, etc., which produce ethylene gas. In plants, ethylene acts as a hormone and hastens ripening of fruit and, in the case of carrots, it will cause them to quickly deteriorate and make them taste bitter by producing a substance called isocoumarin.
Enjoy the sweetest carrots you have ever tasted!
Sweet carrots are a gift, there is an art to growing and storing these delicate root vegetables. As carrots have been grown commercially they have lost their garden taste and typically people are disappointed. At Home Roots we are out to change the way people view carrots. That is why we exclusively grow only storage carrots available over the fall and winter months.