Stock Up, A Shopping List

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October 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

This weeks Local Calendar says stock up.  We have listed below items you can still find at area farmer’s markets.

SUMMER FOODS STILL AROUND

You may still see the following at area markets

  • Tomatoes – If the tomatoes have some blush, they will eventually ripen, and with some good luck you can have local tomatoes for several more weeks; some root cellarists believe you can keep tomatoes even longer, wrapped in newspaper and kept in the cellar, but our one time trying that did not work.
  • Peppers – There are still all sorts of peppers, sweet and hot at the markets.  One way to extend this crop is to roast and place in oil.  Another way to extend is to pickle.

FALL FOODS WITH LIMITED STORAGE

You will find the following items at area markets but consume these within a week or two

  • Lettuces
  • Kale
  • Chard and spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Bok choi and related
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Smaller radishes

FOODS FOR STORAGE – SHORT TERM

The following items will last with good handling for about a month or slightly longer:

  • Pears, especially Asian style pears
  • Grapes
  • Larger radishes such as black radishes and daikon
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes

FOODS FOR STORAGE - MEDIUM TERM

The following items will last through winter with good handling (*items will last longest):

  • Kohlrabi (use the greens within a week)
  • Turnips (use the greens within a week)
  • Carrots*
  • Parsnips
  • Beets*
  • Rutabaga
  • Celery root*
  • Parsley root
  • Onions*
  • Winter squash*
  • Sunchokes*

FOODS FOR STORAGE - LONG TERM

The following items will last you through early spring or beyond with good handling:

  • Apples (Note: McIntosh apples are ver poor keepers)
  • Potatoes
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