Today's bushel included 4 kinds of lettuce, 7-8 green and yellow squash (including the flowers!), 3 bunches of beets, and 3 huge bunches of parsley. I laid it all out on my kitchen island and stared at it for a good 15 minutes, scratching my head while calling my neighbors to rescue me. Where will I put it all? (Remember, I don't have a 2nd fridge?!)
|This is what a bushel and a ninth looks like!|
If you have joined the CSA and are picking up your shares this week, here are a few tips to get you started. I will include recipes in my next blog but this one is about prepping your produce. Here is a great site to help with storage tips, click here for more information.
1. Lettuce: If you don't have a salad spinner, get one now. Even if it's from Job Lot, any kind will do. Remember that these veggies were just picked today so they are covered in the amazing nutrient-rich soil from whence they came (yes--soil means dirt.). I washed mine 3 times and spun them silly. After draining the water, you can store it in the spinner, however, you are going to have so much lettuce, you will need backup. So, here is another way to keep it fresh:
|Lay out the washed and drained leaves on top of paper towels and store in the fridge in a covered container.|
|And place in a glass jar with water to cover the stems. You may need to refresh the water from time to time.|