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| Fresh Produce |
The primary reason for fresh produce is that it is at its best flavor and quality when it comes right off the vine. But remember, it is perishable and must be handled carefully!
Special notes on certain fresh produce:
Strawberries: Keep them out of direct sunlight especially in a warm car. If you plan to keep berries for more than two days they must be refrigerated. Berries can be frozen or made into jam or jelly. It is best to leave the stems on the berries until you are ready to use them.
Peaches: We pick our first peaches about July 1 and the last ones about Sept. 15
The first to ripen,(up until June 20,) are either cling or semi-cling. That means they stitch to the seed. They are excellent for eating but quite challenging to can or freeze especially when you need to prepare a lot. So... if you want Peaches or Nectarines to can or to freeze, it is best to wait until late July or August.
Potatoes: We have- Red, Yukon Gold, and Kennebec. These potatoes store well and can be a stable food supply throughout the winter. Yukon Gold, (the creamy buttery tasting potatoes) have become very popular. The red potatoes are great for preparing with the skins left on.
You may want to practice storing a few potatoes... 10lbs. or so, to find the ideal place for you to keep your supply of potatoes. A cool place where they will not freeze is ideal. (If you have a root cellar, great! If not you will need to improvise.)