Whether you’re shredding them for cake, dicing them for soup or just munching on them as a mid-day snack, carrots are a tasty way to include produce in your diet. According to Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms (6593 N. Emu Ln., Springfield, 417-839-0847), carrots can be planted as early as March. The slow-growing veggies require roughly 90 days of growing time. If you’re planting your own crop of the brightly colored veggie, make sure to plant them in an area without many weeds—they don’t compete very well. You don’t have to plant them deep (basically just sprinkle them on the ground and water them), but be sure to keep them moist—the tiny seeds dry out easily. When they’re ready to eat, give this whoopie carrot cake recipe a try. It is courtesy of Culinary Editor Judy Sipe at foodchannel.com, a Springfield-based website filled with recipes, articles and more created for people who are passionate about food and want to find true food knowledge.