Post Farmers Market Prep
I woke up to lots of rain this morning. I can’t help but get a little anxious knowing what the Farmers and Market Mangers must be thinking about their customer base dropping with each drop. But, by the time our local Market started the rain had stopped, I packed up my umbrella (just in case) and my bags and headed out the door because hey I wasn’t afraid to get my feet wet.
I absolutely love the Farmers Market -the array of beautiful produce, honey, cheeses, baked goods – smiling faces, excited dogs, lively music and the opportunity to see locavores in action. But, the last thing you want is to get home and say “Well, what do I do with all this stuff I bought?”
I bought a few goodies this morning and thought I would share how I prep them to store in my fridge to get the most time out of them.Beets:
Chop the roots from the leaves. Otherwise the beet roots will get soft because the leaves pull all the moisture out of the beets. And don’t throw away those beet greens. You can sauté them and add to just about any dish or to complement other sautéed veggies.
You also want to top carrots and take off the greens. In this case, you don’t really need to save the greens unless you plan to juice them. Just throw them into your compost. Then place carrots and beets in a plastic bag and store in fridge. (For more detail: check out my post on How to Store Carrots)
Since it rained this morning, the strawberries were extra wet. But before you do anything, dry those little babies out on some paper towels or newspaper. Don’t wash, and place in the fridge. Make sure to discard any mushy or rotten ones. (For more detailed info: check out my post on local strawberries)
You can see there is a lot of juice in this bag from the berries
Close up of wet berries
Lay on towel: see the juice already absorbing to the paper towels
Cover with paper towels and very gently press with hand to absorb moisture on the top
Paper towel on top after a few minutes
If your lettuce or greens didn’t come in a bag, make sure to place them in a plastic bag and then tie it up and place in the crisper drawer in the fridge.
So hopefully with these tips, you will get a few more days of of your gorgeous local produce. Any other tips that work for you?