Farm to Table: Roasted Baby Carrots with Thyme

The farm-to-table trend is not only healthy, but also gets you to try exotic foods, like these roasted baby jeweled carrots with thyme.

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When you are single, you can be selfish. You come and go as you please. You pretty much go wherever you want to go. When you get married, you consider your partner’s feelings and you start taking turns choosing where you visit. Add a baby to the mix, and you add limitations. When the baby is a child, you get pushed out of the way and you accommodate their needs first, then your spouse, and if there is time in the day, you. Add more kids and forget about you and what you want. You just want to keep the peace.

The weekends are family time for us. And now that school is out, we have free time to do what we want to do. And by “we” I mean “they.”

“I want to go to the beach!”

“I want to go to the pool!”

“I want to go kayaking!”

“I want to get new shoes!”

“I want to go to the farmer’s market!”

Collective, “Huh?”

Yes, the farmer’s market was my request. I’m ashamed to say that it has been a couple years since we went last. We are blessed with small farmer’s market type grocery stores in San Diego, so it is relatively painless to great quality produce. But, nothing beats the quaint farmer’s market where you meander up and down the stalls and sample the goodies.

I suppose I pouted enough that my husband agreed that we would do what Mommy wanted to do and go to the farmer’s market. The kids weren’t too happy about that, but I quickly told them they would get to eat whatever they wanted and that seemed to sway them. Well, maybe just a little bit.

This was our first visit to the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, which is over 30 minutes away from us. But, it is one of the largest farmer’s markets in San Diego. The kids were fascinated with the colors and varieties they saw around them.

Hillcrest Farmer's Market: Baby Jeweled Carrots

Jeweled-colored carrots.

Hillcrest Farmer's Market: Purple Onions

Red Shallots.

Hillcrest Farmer's Market: White Cucumbers

White cucumbers.

Hillcrest Farmer's Market: Steamed Fish with Herbs & Flowers

Fresh fish, this one roasted with fresh herbs & edible flowers from the market.

Hillcrest Farmer's Market: Beads

Even artwork, clothing and beads.

The kids sampled as much fruit as they could stuff into their eager mouths: tangelos, nectarines, pluots, apricots, pears, cantaloup and peaches. We sampled local honey, homemade toffee and puréed green juice.

When our bags were brimming with produce and our tummies full of deliciousness, we happily came home with our loot.

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Those lovely carrots were roasted and needed nothing more than salt, pepper and fresh thyme.

Roasted Baby Carrots with Thyme

Baby carrots are naturally sweet so why add more sugar to it? Keeping it simple enhances the flavor. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 12 baby carrots
  • 1 TBS grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 TBS thyme, fresh


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Wash and trim ends of
    • 12 baby carrots
  3. Pat carrots dry with paper towel and arrange in one layer in a baking sheet.
  4. Coat carrots with:
    • 1 TBS grapeseed oil
  5. Season carrots with:
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  6. Roast in the oven until fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  7. Transfer carrots to a serving platter and garnish with:
    • 1 TBS thyme, fresh

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 4

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I don’t think the family will complain the next time I suggest going to the farmer’s market!

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Do you have access to a good farmer’s market? And if you do, how often do you go?

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17 Responses to Farm to Table: Roasted Baby Carrots with Thyme

  1. I love farmers markets and go to at least one a week.

    Those baby carrots are better than candy for me. They look so good!

  2. I’m ashamed to live a mile away from the market and not be a “regular” any more. The crowds put me off a bit, but it is THE best market in the county. So glad your family had fun there.

    • We have farmer’s market about a mile from us that just opened on Thursday afternoons and I haven’t hit that one yet!

  3. That farmers market looks incredible. I *love* carrots (I snack on them daily with hummus or salsa) and those jeweled carrots are so pretty!

  4. Eha at #

    Farmers’ Markets: my very favourite place to go! Yours looks fun – what a great, sunny, healthy day for the kids also! Wonder you had the strength to do the carrots: but they do look appetizingly beautiful on that plate 🙂 !

  5. Not just you, I also haven’t been to Farmer’s Market for a long time. I used to take my son in stroller but once he started to walk, I completely stopped going! Beautiful carrots and I love roasted veggies. Thyme is perfect fragrance for these.

    • Ah, the joys of motherhood and the sacrifices we make to keep the peace! I bet your kids would enjoy it now that they are a little bit older, Nami!

  6. Inspiring stuff! I’m exactly the same kind of Mum as you – my wail is always for the farmer’s market, the farm shop or the butchers – I find it more exciting than shoe shopping! My daughter is eight months old so is still very portable but I sense that as time goes on I will have to fight for these favourite outings of mine!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, just stick your daughter in a sling, backpack, or stroller and go for it!

      • Haha, yes, I don’t plan on giving her much choice! I throw her in the sling and get on with it – she came with us to Borough Market, London on Sunday and everyone made a fuss on her – they just love to see babies and children involved in food. So if that level of attention continues, I don’t see it being a problem to maintain her interest in these outings!

  7. I love farmer’s markets! Fortunately we have one within walking distance that is open every Saturday. Now I guess you know how we spend Saturday mornings! Love roasted carrots – such great flavor. Glad you got to do what you wanted for a change!

  8. Fun post and recipe! I still haven’t made it to the Hilcrest Farmer’s Market-that will definitely be on our “Summer To-Do List” since the last day of school is tomorrow 🙂 I can totally relate to all the “I wants”-glad you got your own “I want” in!

  9. Isn’t it funny how we forget what’s near us? We vowed to have a San Diego stay-cation so I’ll remind you what’s in our great city!

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