Written by Asha Nelson
There’s a widespread belief that Manitobans can’t access locally grown vegetables in the wintertime, that our extreme climate simply cannot support year-round production. Well that’s not entirely true. Although we can’t grow in -40 degrees, storage vegetables, which include carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, beets, cabbage, squash, can in fact stay fresh throughout the winter months. It’s just a matter of learning to storage them correctly.
And with the deadline for our own Winter Vegetable Boxes just around the corner, we thought it was timely to provide some tips and tricks on how to properly store your veggies so that you can enjoy your locally grown veggies all winter long!
3 factors that contribute to storage life:
How to store each storage vegetables:
Beets: Store dirty and with their tops. Can be kept refrigerated or else, store in moist sand or sawdust and keep in a cold, dark location.
Carrots: Cut tops off, cover and store in a cool, dark location.
Garlic: Do not wash. Store in a dry, dark location. Stores great in a paper bag.
Onions: Store in a dark, dry location. Keep away from the potatoes.
Potatoes: Do not wash. Pack in paper bags in small batches with a few holes punched into the bags, and covered. Keep in dark spot. Never refrigerate.
Squash: Best kept at room temperatures (not in the cold) for overwintering.
For more detailed information, check out the following blog posts:
Order your locally grown, spray-free Winter Vegetable Boxes NOW until Wednesday, December 11. Our boxes come in three sizes: a feast box with or without chicken or ham (perfect for a holiday dinner), small and large.
For more info or to place your order, visit our online store: https://squareup.com/store/farmfreshfoodhub