Storage Tips for your CSA produce!
Beans, Dried - Cool, dry place (pantry)
Dried beans should last a year or more if stored properly in a dry place.
Beans, Green - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Eat raw or cooked!
Beets - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
If you received beets with tops, take the tops off first. You can store them separately in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. You can eat them raw or cooked. The beet root will last for a few months in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Butternut Squash - Cool, dry place (pantry)
This squash has the longest storage life of all winter squashes. It can last almost an entire year if stored properly. Make sure to check on it occasionally, and if it starts to get spots on the skin, you should eat it! You can also cook it and freeze it to use later.
Cabbage - Refrigerator
Cabbage will last for months in the refrigerator. You may have to peel off the top few leaves if it has been sitting in the refrigerator for awhile. The leaves underneath will be fine!
Carrots - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
If you received carrots with tops, remove them immediately. You can feed these green tops to rabbits, chickens, worms, or your compost pile. Place the carrots in a plastic bag and they will last for 2-3 months in your refrigerator. If you take them out and they have a white root substance growing on them, you can clean that part off and eat the orange carrot underneath it.
Collard Greens, Kale, Chard, or other leafy greens - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
You should eat these items within two weeks of receiving them. If they are a little wilty from their voyage to your abode, you can easily immerse them in some cool water and then wrap them in a cotton kitchen towel and place them in your fridge. You can also put them in a vase of water in your fridge to help perk them up.
Cucumbers - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
Cucumbers will last a week or two in the refrigerator. If they start to get soft, then eat them up! You can also can them and make pickles!
Delicata Squash - Cool, dry place (pantry)
Delicata do not store well. You should eat them within six weeks of receiving them in your share. If they start to rot, then it maybe too late to salvage them since they are so small and the rot can spread quickly.
Garlic - Cool, dry place (pantry)
Garlic will last for months if stored properly. If it is not totally dried, then you should store it in the refrigerator.
Leeks - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
You should remove any yellowing leaves right away. You can store the leeks in a plastic bag.
Onions - Cool, dry place (pantry)
Dry onions can be stored in a cool, dry place for months. If you have received spring onions, then you should store them in the refrigerator. Either type of onion should be kept in the refrigerator once you have started to cut and use them.
Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes - Cool, dry place (pantry)
Potatoes will last a few months if stored in a cool, dry place. If they start to sprout, then you can eat around the sprout, or put them in the soil to grow! Make sure to check on them occasionally because if one potato has one small area of rot, it will spread quickly among the other potatoes. Do not store in a plastic bag.
Radishes - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
Remove tops and store them separately. The roots will last a few weeks in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Strawberries - Refrigerator
Eat them within a few days of receiving them! We pick them when they are ripe, so they will not last that long. You can also freeze them to enjoy in the winter in a smoothie!
Summer Squash/Zucchini - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
Squash will last a week or two in the refrigerator. If they start to get a little soft, then that is a good sign to eat them up!
Tomatoes - Kitchen counter
Tomatoes should not go in the refrigerator, unless you aren't ready to eat them. They lose some of their freshness in the refrigerator. If your tomatoes aren't totally ripe and you want to speed up the process, just put them in a brown paper bag for a day or two.
Turnips, Rutabaga - Refrigerator in a plastic bag
Remove tops first if they are on them. Store the tops in a separate plastic bag in the refrigerator. You can cook the greens and eat them! The roots will last a few weeks to a month in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.