Don’t have time to shop for fresh produce 3-4 times a week?
Here are some tips on how to buy at your weekly farmers market to keep produce fresh and crisp.
- Buy fresh and local. Chances are if it has been recently picked (and not spent a week or two in a truck or warehouse), it will keep in your fridge for the week.
- Buy what you can consume in one week.
- When you put away your produce, don’t pack drawers or shelves tightly. Fresh fruits and veggies need room to breathe. Stacking one layer deep is optimal.
- Keep fruits and vegetables stored separately. Fruits emit a gas that ripens both fruits and vegetables. Keep overripe fruits away from fresher fruits and vegetables
- Putting fruits or vegetables in an airtight, plastic bag will cause them to decay. (Some fruits ripen nicely in a brown paper bag!)
- Eat the most perishable items first, such as eating asparagus and raspberries before jumping into the cauliflower and apples.
It all looks wonderful at the weekly farmers market. And, with a little planning around what to buy, what you buy can be fresh and tasty all week long!
[Credit to Casey Seidenberg, The Washington Post]