A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 30, 2017
“What’s a fresh vegetable?"/"One that insults a farmer.”

What’s a fresh vegetable? A riddle has been cited in print since at least 1979:

Q: What do you call a carrot that insults a farmer?
A: A fresh vegetable.


Another form of the joke was posted on Twitter on June 15, 2009:

Q: What’s a fresh vegetable?
A: One that insults a farmer.



12 July 1979, Lexington (KY) Herald, “Just Kidding,” pg. D-12, col. 3:
What do you call a carrot that insults a farmer? A fresh vegetable!
-- Allison Lewellen, Frankfort

14 April 1980, The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), “Riddles,” pg. 15, col. 2:
What do you call a carrot who insults a farmer?
A fresh vegetable.
By Kim Stecher, 9 1/2
North Redding, Mass.

21 September 1980, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), “Kids share jokes that get lotsa laughs,” pg. D8, col. 3:
What do you call a carrot who insults a farmer?
A fresh vegetable.
-- Kimberly Angove

Google Books
January 1983, Boys’ Life “Think & Grin,” pg. 66, col. 1:
Farmer: What do you call a carrot that insults a farmer?
Storekeeper: I don’t know. What?
Farmer: A fresh vegetable.—Matt Dettmann, St. Louis, Mo

Twitter
Bollywood Sargam
‏@bollywoodsargam
Food jokes - 5092 Joke: What’s a fresh vegetable? One that insults a farmer. .... http://tinyurl.com/krt7la
1:06 PM - 15 Jun 2009

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
Bookbaby
2014
Pg. ?:
What’s a fresh vegetable? One that insults a farmer.

YouTube
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Published on Jan 23, 2016
What’s a fresh vegetable? One that insults a farmer.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, January 30, 2017 • Permalink