Sugar Mountain Parsnips

By Lucia May 10, 2013

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Here is some parsnip trivia for you.

1. Parsnips are the first thing to come out of the ground after a New England winter. Before asparagus. Before rhubarb. They are sweeter than fall parsnips because they’ve spent months underground and some of the starches have converted to sugars.

2. We are buying 500 pounds of parsnips every week to supply the Parsnip cheddar sandwich in our seasonal slot.

3. Our parsnip farmer, Hugh Manheim, also has a plastic bag manufacturing company. I talked to him a while back about supplying Clover with clear takeout bags. He was telling me that he inherited the plastic bag-manufacturing machine as part of the farm.

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