On this week's episode of The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is joined in the studio by cookbook author Diane Morgan. After a curious trip to a Portland farmer's market, Diane was inspired to write a book all about roots and root vegetables entitled Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes. Tune into this episode to learn about the different types of roots; what distinguishes a taproot from a tuberous root? How do agricultural practices determine how roots develop? Erin and Diane profile and discuss a few types of root vegetables, such as rutabagas and wasabi. Hear about the roles of root vegetables in different ethnic cuisines! Despite their reputation, hear why potatoes are beneficial to your diet! Get a healthy serving of root vegetables on this episode of The Farm Report! This episode has been brought to you by Susty Party.

"Roots are cold weather crops for the most part. Radishes can be planted before the first thaw, so that in the spring, you have these lovely little roots with bushy tops. The same goes for carrots. Whereas parsnips are planted later because you want to harvest them after the first frost so that the sugars are concentrated." [11:00]

-- Diane Morgan on The Farm Report