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Chioggia Beets, Organic
Chioggia Beets provide a brightly striped addition to any of your meals.
The Thorpes' six children - Naomi, Jeremiah, Abraham, Elijah, Abigail, and Hannah - also lend a hand on the certified organic farms. “Growing up we all helped but were encouraged to explore other career options. The farm was always my passion,” says Naomi Thorpe, who manages operations and sales.
The list of certified organic fruits and vegetables grown at Thorpes numbers in the hundreds and includes corn, greens, peppers, tomatoes and u-pick berries. They also grow grains such as organic oats, soybeans and hay for livestock. The farm is home to pigs, chickens and cows, as well as horses, goats and geese.
The Thorpes converted the farm to all organic in the late 1990s when Gayle discovered she had an allergy to treated seeds. In order to achieve the certified organic distinction, they do not use any chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. In turn, this increases the soil's health allowing plants to thrive and produce food that is often more nutritionally dense than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.
“Seeing how much my parents loved farming inspired me to stay and work here,” Naomi Thorpe says. She adds, “growing a healthy, beautiful product for customers keeps me coming back.”
In order to preserve your beets, you can store in the refrigerator with their tops removed for 2-3 weeks. However, the beet leaves will only last a day or two when stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Check out some tasty ideas of how to enjoy your Chioggia beets.
When you enjoy your beets, not only will you enjoy their earthy flavor, but they are an excellent source of manganese, folate, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.