Talley Farms Fresh Harvest

TIPS ON PRODUCE HANDLING

 

Fresh Produce Tips




Strawberries
 

Strawberries

The best way to store strawberries is to NOT WASH THEM UNTIL YOU USE THEM. When you get your strawberries home in your box, take them out of their plastic containers.  Pour them into a plastic bowl or container with a lid and put them in your refrigerator. This is especially important when you purchase a large quantity like a half flat of berries from a grower. If you leave your berries exposed to the air in your fridge, they will start to dry out and shrivel up.

 
Talley Lettuce

Talley Farms Lettuce

Whether it’s Romaine, Green or Red Leaf, or Butter, our lettuce is very fresh and has been cooled to take the field heat out. For convenience, take your lettuce out of your box, place each head in your kitchen sink and cut off the butts. Open up the head and wash the leaves under running water, pulling the leaves apart. If you have a veggie wash, spray the leaves and rinse. Place the leaves in a plastic container (a rectangular crisper or bread box size works best). Turn the container upside down to drain out excess water or spin dry in a salad spinner before storing. Seal the container and place in your fridge. Your lettuce is washed and ready to use for salads or sandwiches. You can also do this for spinach, arugula, kale and chard.

Another way to liven up wilted lettuce is to trim the butt and put the head in a cup or bowl of water.  Leave it for a few hours or overnight before cutting the butt off, washing in sink and putting in your lettuce box holder. 

 Talley Melons

Melons

Wash the outside of all your melons before placing them in your fridge or on your counter. Remember, melons grow sitting on the ground, outside where critters and birds roam and dust blows with the wind. Just use hand soap to rub over the melon, rinse thoroughly, dry and place in your fridge or on your counter.

 
Talley Avacados

Avocados

We harvest our avocados a week before you get them, but still, they are very hard. It may take another 7-10 days before they are ready to eat. Leave them out on your counter and keep an eye on them. When they turn dark and soften, wash with soap and water and put them in your refrigerator or eat them right away. We know it would be great to have them almost ripe when you get them, but they are freshly harvested and if you get some every week, just rotate them and you’ll always have ripe fruit ready for that fresh salad.

 Talley Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Don’t refrigerate your tomatoes.  Leave them on your counter to ripen.  They lose their flavor when they get too cold! If they come in your box not as red as you would like, leave out on your counter and they will continue to ripen. 

 
Talley Cilantro

Cilantro

Cilantro will stay fresher longer if you wrap wet paper towels around the bottom of the stems, place the bunch into the plastic bag and store in your vegetable crisper.