The Pilgrims first brought carrots to North America, intending to harvest them in the colonies. Carrots were an easy vegetable to grow and were an integral part of nourishing humans and animals alike.
In 1787, George Washington wrote in a letter to Benjamin Fitzhugh Grymes, “I am convinced that in proper soil the culture of carrots will be found very advantageous for feeding farm horses and every piece of stock. I am inclined to think that rows of carrots will yield 5 to 8 bushels of carrots to one corn.”
The Fraunces Tavern Museum is set to continue their Tavern Tastings on Tuesday, February 2nd, with a virtual lecture on the history of carrots throughout the colonies, with Keeler Tavern Museum’s Chief Curator Catherine Prescott.
This program will begin at 6:30 pm, and is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the Fraunces Tavern Museum website. Registered participants will receive a link to the Zoom program as well as Samuel Fraunces’s very own carrot cake recipe.