Coming Soon… Your CSA Manual

Greetings Shareholders!

Soon your e-mail box will receive a CSA manual with instructions specifically written for your pick-up location. Beyond describing what to expect at your first CSA pick-up, the manual will also give pointers of storing your vegetables. As requested by some of you, here’s an example of crop storage suggestions from Paige Witherington at Serenbe Farms near Atlanta. Be sure to “follow” this blog to receive regular updates like these…

Beans and Peas Put in a plastic bag in the refrigerator
Melons Tap, when it sounds like a low thud, its ripe. If ripe, store melons in refrigerator, if still unripe, leave on counter (we’ll try our best to pick all the melons while ripe)
Cucumbers, Eggplant, Peppers, Summer Squash Wipe off until dry and store in refrigerator in a plastic bag
Herbs Put in plastic bag without water in the refrigerator or with the stems in a cup of water on the counter
Leafy Greens & Green Veggies Put in plastic bag with paper towel to absorb the moisture (so they don’t get slimy) and refrigerate, or wash off first, roll up in clean kitchen towel, and place in a plastic bag (they last long and are ready to eat)
Onions, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Place in a paper bag on the counter or in a dark, dry place that is not too cold, but don’t store onions and potatoes together. If trying to ripen tomatoes, leave on windowsill. (Don’t wash dirt off of potatoes, they keep longer with soil on them)
Winter Squash Keep uncovered in a well-ventilated, cool, dark place
Root   Crops (beets, carrots, celeriac, radish, turnip) Put in plastic bag in the refrigerator with the soil on – don’t wash until ready to use.
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