- Purchase produce without bruises or damage.
- Go directly home from the market! Avoid side trips. Produce may decline in quality if left sitting in your car, especially when it is warm.
- Produce that tastes best stored at room temperature include: Melons, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash, store in a clean dry, well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight. Remove from plastic bags; leaving produce on the counter in a plastic bag may slow ripening and increase off-odors and decay.
- Some produce can be ripened on the counter then stored in the refrigerator. Examples include: peaches, pears, and plums
- Most other produce keeps best when stored in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Use you refrigerator crisper drawer for whole produce
- Store fruits in separate crisper drawer from vegetables. Fruits give off ethylene gas which can shorten the storage life of vegetables. Some vegetables give off odors that can be absorbed by fruits.
- Refrigerate produce in perforated plastic bags to help maintain moisture yet provide air flow. If you don’t have access to commercial, perforated bags, use a sharp object to make several small holes in a food-grade plastic bag.
- Wash produce thoroughly under clean, running water. Wash produce before you use it, NOT when you bring it home!
Adapted from www.buylocalnebraska.org