Vegetable Storage Information

Each vegetable we grow or give out in the CSA is listed below with additional details on how it is best stored.

Arugula
Basil
Beans
Beets
Beet, greens
Braising Mix
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Cilantro
Collards
Corn
Cucumbers
Dill
Eggplant
Fennel Bulb
Garlic
Garlic Scapes
Ginger
Grapes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Lettuce Heads
Lettuce Mix
Melons, Cantaloupe
Melons, Watermelon
Onions
Green Onions
Peppers
Popcorn
Potatoes
Radishes
Rhubarb
Spinach
Summer Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Turmeric
Turnips
Winter Squash


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Arugula

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? can wash and dry before storage or right before use
How to Store: wrap leaves in a damp cloth or paper towel and store in a perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: freshest 3-6 days
Maximum Storage: 10 days

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Basil

Temperature: room temperature
Percent Humidity: NA
Wash? no
How to Store: trim and place stems into a jar or cup filled with 1 inch of water. Replace water daily.
Where to Store: counter or table
Best Used By: fresh
Maximum Storage: 2 weeks

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Beans

Temperature: 40F
Percent Humidity: 80-90% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: place in a plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 3-5 days
Maximum Storage: 1 weeks

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Beets

Temperature: 41F or below
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store roots in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 7-10 days
Maximum Storage: 1-3 months, maybe up to 5 months
Notes: beets store best without their greens. Trim tops down to 1-2 inches before storing.

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Beets, greens

Temperature: 
Percent Humidity:
Wash? either, but make sure it is dry before storing
How to Store: wrap leaves in a paper towel and store in a plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 2-5 days
Maximum Storage:
Notes:

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Braising Mix

Temperature: 38-42F
Percent Humidity: 90% RH
Wash? either, but make sure it is dry before storing
How to Store: wrap leaves in a cloth or paper towel and store in a plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: about 1 week
Maximum Storage:
Notes:

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Broccoli

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer of fridge
Best Used By: 3-5 days
Maximum Storage: 2 weeks
Notes: wash just before using

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Brussels Sprouts

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: wrap in a moist towel and store in perforated plastic bag. If storing the whole stalk, wrap the stub in a moist towel.
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 3-5 weeks
Maximum Storage:
Notes: sprouts on the stalk store better and longer than individually

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Cabbage

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: remove damaged leaves, but try to keep the wrapper leaves intact. Wrap in a moist towel and place in a perforated plastic bag.
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 3-4 weeks
Maximum Storage: 3-4 months
Notes:

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Carrots

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store roots in perforated plastic bag. Can also store carrots in a container, completely covered by water and closed with a lid. Change water every 4-5 days.
Where to Store: crisper drawer of fridge
Best Used By: 3-4 weeks
Maximum Storage: 4-6 months
Notes: carrots store best without their greens. Trim tops down to 1-2 inches before storing. Greens can be stored, wrapped in a moist towel in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer.

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Cauliflower

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: wrap in a moist towel and store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 2-4 weeks
Maximum Storage:
Notes:

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Celery

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: wrap in a moist towel and store in a plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 1-2 weeks, it will store longer without leaves attached
Maximum Storage: 1-2 months
Notes: to revive limp stalks, shave a small amount off the bottom of the stalk, place in lukewarm water for about a half hour and then refrigerate.

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Chard

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 5 days
Maximum Storage: 2 weeks
Notes: as with all greens, if you find they are a little wilty, you can place in cold water for a few hours and they should crisp up again.

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Cilantro

Temperature:
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: place stems into a jar or cup filled with 1 inch of water. Replace water daily. Cover with a plastic bag.
Where to Store: in fridge
Best Used By: 1 week
Maximum Storage:
Notes:

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Collards

Temperature: 32-34F
Percent Humidity: 90-95% RH
Wash? can wash and dry before storage or right before use
How to Store: wrap in a moist towel and store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 3-4 days
Maximum Storage: 2-3 weeks
Notes: as with all greens, if you find they are a little wilty, you can place in cold water for a few hours and they should crisp up again.

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Corn

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store with the husks on
Where to Store:
Best Used By: 5 days
Maximum Storage: 1 week
Notes: quality and sweetness of corn decreases the longer it sits. Best to be eaten quickly.

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Cucumbers

Temperature: 50-55F
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in a cool place in perforated bag
Where to Store: kitchen counter
Best Used By: 1 week
Maximum Storage:
Notes: storing in fridge is not ideal, however if you do, dunk cucumbers in cold water or wipe with a damp towel and place in perforated bag. Do not store colder than 40F. Do not store with ethylene producers.

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Dill

Temperature:
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: place stems into a jar or cup filled with 1 inch of water. Replace water daily. Cover with a plastic bag.
Where to Store: in fridge
Best Used By: 1 week
Maximum Storage:
Notes:

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Eggplant

Temperature: 55F
Percent Humidity: 90% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in a cool place in perforated bag
Where to Store: kitchen counter
Best Used By: 3-5 days
Maximum Storage: 1-2 weeks
Notes: storing in fridge is not ideal, however if you do, rinse fruit, pat dry and store in a perforated plastic bag. Do not store cooler than 50F. Do not store with ethylene producers.

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Fennel Bulb

Temperature:
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in a plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 1 week
Maximum Storage: 2-3 months
Notes:

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Garlic

Temperature: 60-70F
Percent Humidity: 65-70% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: mesh bag or dish
Where to Store: kitchen counter
Best Used By: 1-2 months
Maximum Storage: 3-6 months
Notes: it is not recommended to store in the fridge. If you want to store for longer, store in a cool (32-40F), dry, dark place.

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Garlic Scapes

Temperature:
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 1-2 weeks
Maximum Storage:
Notes:

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Ginger

Temperature: can be stored at room temperature for 2 weeks or refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed. Wash or wipe with a damp paper towel before using.
How to Store: store in an airtight bag or container.
Where to Store: at room temperature on the counter. In the crisper drawer of the fridge if refrigerated.
Best Used By: between 2 and 3 weeks.
Maximum Storage: up to a year if frozen.
Notes: Ginger can be frozen as a whole root. To use, grate off what you need and return to the freezer. It can also be pureed and frozen into cubes. Frozen cubes can be thawed in the refrigerator and used within the week.

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Grapes

Temperature: 31F
Percent Humidity: 90-95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 3-4 days
Maximum Storage: up to 2 weeks
Notes:

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Kale

Temperature: 32-34F
Percent Humidity: 90-95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: wrap in a moist towel and store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer of fridge
Best Used By: 5 days
Maximum Storage: 2-3 weeks
Notes: as with all greens, if you find they are a little wilty, you can place in cold water for a few hours and they should crisp up again.

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Kohlrabi

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 2-4 weeks with greens
Maximum Storage: 2-3 months without greens
Notes:

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Leeks

Temperature: 32F
Percent Humidity: 95-100% RH
Wash? trim roots, wash stem and leaves before storing
How to Store: wrap in a moist towel and store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 7-10 days
Maximum Storage: 1-3 months
Notes:

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Lettuce Heads

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 1-2 weeks
Maximum Storage: 4 weeks
Notes: leaf and bibb type lettuces will last up to 4 weeks. Crisphead lettuces last up to 2 weeks.

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Lettuce Mix

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in a plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer of fridge
Best Used By: 5 days
Maximum Storage: 1-2 weeks
Notes:

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Melons, Cantaloupe

Temperature: 47-55F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store:
Where to Store: in fridge
Best Used By: 1 week
Maximum Storage: 2-3 weeks
Notes: cut melons should be put in a perforate plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Melons, Watermelon

Temperature: 50-60F
Percent Humidity: 90% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store:
Where to Store: kitchen counter or fridge
Best Used By: 10-14 days
Maximum Storage: 2-3 weeks
Notes: uncut and unrefrigerated watermelons can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 10-14 days. Cut watermelon should be stored in a plastic bag in fridge. Do not store with ethylene producers.

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Onions

Temperature: 45-55F
Percent Humidity: 65-70% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in anything that allows good air circulation
Where to Store: basement, cellar, garage or cool spot in kitchen
Best Used By: 1-4 weeks
Maximum Storage: 2-3 months, potentially
Notes: do not store in fridge, unless it is a cut onion

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Green Onions

Temperature:
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 3-4 weeks
Maximum Storage:
Notes: other storage options include placing in a jar with 1-2 inches of water, placing a plastic bag over the onions and placing in the fridge. Can also wrap a damp paper towel around the ends and place in a plastic bag in the fridge.

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Peppers

Temperature: 55F
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: if stored in the fridge, store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 2 weeks
Maximum Storage:
Notes: do not store colder than 45F. Can also store on kitchen counter in a cool area.

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Popcorn

Temperature: room temperature or at 32F
Percent Humidity: high relative humidity
Wash? no
How to Store: can store unshelled kernels either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Can also shell the kernels and store in any airtight jar.
Where to Store: any cool area, either in a cupboard or in the refrigerator
Best Used By: 3-4 years
Maximum Storage:
Notes: If your popcorn is too dry, add one tablespoon of water per quart, seal and shake well twice a day for a couple of days. If a test popping shows the corn is still too dry, repeat the treatment.

If your popcorn is too moist, spread it out on a pan and let it dry until a few test kernels are dry and popping well again. Avoid oven or rapid drying since this can reduce popping quality.

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Potatoes

Temperature: 45-50F
Percent Humidity: 90-95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: store in a cool, dark and dry place
Best Used By: 2 weeks
Maximum Storage: up to 8 months, potentially
Notes: do not store in the fridge. Do not store with ethylene producers.

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Radishes

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store roots in perforated plastic bag with a damp paper towel.
Where to Store: crisper drawer of fridge
Best Used By: 2 weeks
Maximum Storage: 1 month
Notes: radishes store best without their greens. Trim tops down to 1-2 inches before storing. Greens can be stored, wrapped in a moist towel in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer.

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Rhubarb

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: wrap stalks in a damp cloth and store in a plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer of the fridge
Best Used By: 2-4 weeks
Maximum Storage:
Notes: refresh stalks by placing in cup of water before use.

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Spinach

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer of fridge
Best Used By: 1 week
Maximum Storage: 10 days
Notes:

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Summer Squash

Temperature: 45-55F
Percent Humidity: 
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer of the fridge
Best Used By: 4 days
Maximum Storage: 1-2 weeks
Notes:

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Sweet Potatoes

Temperature: 55-65F
Percent Humidity: 80-85% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in a single layer. Can wrap tubers in newspapers.
Where to Store: store in a cool, dark and dry place
Best Used By: 4-6 months
Maximum Storage:
Notes: Do not store in the fridge or colder than 50F.

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Tomatoes

Temperature: 65-70F
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: store in a single layer, shoulder side down
Where to Store: kitchen counter
Best Used By: 4 to 7 days if stored at room temperature
Maximum Storage:
Notes: can store in the fridge for up to a week if tomatoes are extremely ripe. Flavor will naturally start to decline.

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Turmeric

Temperature: refrigerated
Percent Humidity:
Wash? unwashed. Can wash or use a wet paper towel to clean before using.
How to Store: Make sure it is dry, wrap in a paper towel and place in a plastic bag.
Where to Store: in the crisper drawer of the fridge.
Best Used By: 2-3 weeks
Maximum Storage: up to a year if frozen.
Notes: Similar to ginger, turmeric can be frozen whole and grated when needed, making sure to return to the freezer after use. Can also slice or puree turmeric and freeze to be used later. If thawing puree cubes, make sure to refrigerate and use within a week.

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Turnips

Temperature: 32-40F
Percent Humidity: 95% RH
Wash? unwashed
How to Store: wrap in a moist towel and store in a perforated plastic bag
Where to Store: crisper drawer in fridge
Best Used By: 1-2 weeks
Maximum Storage: up to 4-5 months
Notes: Turnips store best without their greens. The greens can also be wrapped in a moist towel and stored in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the fridge.

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Winter Squash

Temperature: 50-55F
Percent Humidity: 50-70% RH
Wash? wipe the skin with a damp cloth and dish soap or a 1 part bleach in 10 parts water to prevent decay. Be sure to fully dry squash.
How to Store: store in a single layer
Where to Store: on a shelf, kitchen counter, etc.
Best Used By: 1 month at room temperature
Maximum Storage: pumpkins: 2-3 months, hubbards: 5-6 months, acorn: 5-8 weeks, butternut/buttercup: 2-3 month
Notes: do not store in the fridge or with ethylene producers

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