Choosing delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets and CSAs is an investment of time and money, a commitment that keeps dollars in the local economy, supports sustainable agriculture, and helps people have a healthy diet. There is much to learn about what’s available when and who to buy it from. I recently contributed ‘How to Shop A Farmer’s Market Like a Pro‘ guide on Once a Month Mom with my top tips for feeling comfortable at farmers’ markets.
The dedication to local food doesn’t stop at the farmers’ market or CSA pick up. Once the hand-picked produce is home, cooks want to use the fruits and vegetables to their full potential without waste.
Farmers’ Market Fresh
Sensing a need, I created Farmers’ Market Fresh, a guide to storing and preserving Midwestern seasonal produce. My one-page chart details how to keep fruits and vegetables freshest, how long you can expect them to last, and suggestions for long-term preservation.
Click on the icons in the top right to expand Farmer’s Market Fresh on your screen. If you want a print copy (how exciting to think this might end up on someone’s fridge!) download the seasonal produce guide as a printable .pdf.
Will you use the Farmers’ Market Fresh guide? How do you get the most out of farm fresh produce?
PS. My farmers’ market (Clintonville) starts tomorrow from 9 am to noon! I am so excited to be selling seedlings, microgreens, and mushrooms with Swainway Urban Farm. Stop by our booth at Dunedin and High (on the side of Global Gallery coffee shop) and say hello.