• Farmers’ Market Fresh – How to Store & Preserve Produce

    by  • April 27, 2012 • Farm & Market Tours, Featured • 5 Comments

    north market - farmer's market fresh guide
    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.


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    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. My favorite color is purple, my favorite vegetable is whatever is fresh and local, and my favorite drink is whatever you're pouring. Follow me @racheltayse


    5 Responses to Farmers’ Market Fresh – How to Store & Preserve Produce

    1. Nicole
      April 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Hoping to stop by the market tomorrow! Not sure what I’ll find, but I enjoy the ritual of going to the market every weekend. And I can get my weekly coffee fix!

      • April 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        Coffee weekly?! My head would explode without my daily fix.

        • Nicole
          April 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

          LOL, I miss it, but I limit it for the baby. It helps that the smell of hot coffee is a little off-putting. I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the summer when I’ll be craving iced coffee. I’ll have to make my own so I can do decaf.

    2. April 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      I don’t know why but the first time I opened the pdf, the first column, the edible column didn’t appear which was confusing. Then I closed it and opened it again and it appeared. So if someone is having issues, they should just close and open the pdf again.

      • April 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        Hmmm…that is a little strange. The .pdf works fro me on our computers but thanks for the tip, Diana.

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