Keeping Your Produce Happy
For the most part all of the produce we send you each week is packaged in the appropriate material to store it in (paper, plastic bag, clamshell). We recommend refrigerating all of the produce we send you, even items you may not think of putting in the fridge such as Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes. The reasons for this difference in storage has to do with how our produce is grown, harvested and handled. Read on!
Organically grown fruits and vegetables are not treated with post-harvest anti-fungal chemicals and other treatments that help conventional produce achieve an abnormal shelf life. We think that’s a good thing! However, it does mean that natural ambient bacteria will attack organically grown produce and degrade the quality faster than treated produce. Sometimes a lot faster!
Refrigeration is an important way we help keep our produce happier longer. Once it has been refrigerated though, fruit & veg should generally be kept refrigerated or cool until you are ready to prepare.
Fruit is special: Apples get soft if kept at room temperature for very long, Berries of all kind should always go right into the crisper and when you get your Peaches this week be sure to refrigerate them until the day of or one day before you want to enjoy them. Room temperature overnight is usually all it takes to allow the natural sugars to finish the ripening process to a deliciously sweet level so keep them in the fridge unless you want to eat them all at once!
Lastly none of our produce is “pre-washed” or “ready to eat” which requires special Health Department permitting. Our farms field-wash so be sure to give everything a good rinse, scrub and/or soak before consuming. If you don’t have a Salad Spinner put it on your Wish List, they are great! Our friends at The Cook’s Warehouse have our favorite OXO model.