Archive for October, 2009

Last Market for 2009

Posted on October 27, 2009. Filed under: Market News |

This is the final week of the Meridian Township Farmers Market (10/28 and 10/31).

If you’re looking to stock up, here are some helpful hints for storage:

Potatoes
Most potatoes will keep at room temperature, away from light, for up to 2 weeks.  For longer storage, potatoes keep best at 45-50 degrees, high humidity and in darkness. If the temperatures are too warm they will sprout, if too cold the starch will turn to sugar.
Winter Squash/Pumpkins
Store at room temperature, and they should keep for at least a month. Or store in a dry, cool (50-55 degrees) but not cold location to keep for several months. An unheated garage is often a good location.
Apples
Store in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator for weeks. WARNING: Don’t store apples directly next to other storage crops. The gases released by the natural ripening of apples encourages vegetables or fruit to decay more quickly.
Other Root Crops (Carrots, Beets, Celeriac, Rutabagas, Parsnips, etc.)
Generally, greens should be removed (in the case of beets they can be saved for later use). Keep in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for 2-4 weeks. For very long term storage these root crops can be buried in moist sand and kept in a cool but not cold location.
Garlic
It stores well in a cool, dark, dry and well ventilated place for several months. For very long-term storage, garlic can be minced and covered or blended with olive oil and placed in small airtight containers and frozen. After removing from the freezer, keep refrigerated.
Leeks
Refrigerate leeks unwashed and dry with roots attached for up to 2 weeks. Wrap lightly in plastic to avoid aromas spreading to other foods.
Brussels Sprouts
For best storage, leave the sprouts on the stalk. Store in a cool place, like a garage. If removed from the stalk store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Peppers and more
While peppers cannot be stored long term like other crops, they can be easily frozen. Simply wash, remove the seeds and chop or slice as you see fit. Dry them and place them in a freezer ready plastic bag and you’ll have peppers all winter long.

There will be a Market the day before Thanksgiving (11/25) from 10-2pm.
Come support the market and stock up for the winter!  Thank you for a Great Season!

 

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