How To Stock Your Pantry For Winter
The air is growing colder and the King boys are hard at work harvesting the last of the season’s bounty.
The frost that signals the end of the growing season is coming soon, but fresh vegetables, apples, cider and meats are still available five days a week at six Farmers’ Market locations and at the Butler Farmers Market.
Tim King wants to remind his customers to stock up the pantry now for the coming winter. Garlic, onions, potatoes, squash, and even apples will keep until spring if properly stored. Meat, fruit and cider freeze well and can be quickly defrosted, bringing warmth and sweetness to the depth of winter. Buy in bulk now, and you can eat like a King all winter long. As an added bonus, buying larger quantities means discounted prices from Freedom Farms.
Find Freedom Farms fruits, vegetables, cider and meats today! The Traveling Farmers Markets are only open until Thanksgiving, so make sure to stock up now. Be sure to inquire about discounts for buying in bulk as well.
THE FARMERS MARKET IS OPEN WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM AT 795 PITTSBURGH RD, BUTLER PA, 16002. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 724-586-5551.
Storage crops do best in cool, dark conditions with moderate humidity. The best temperature for storing most crops is about 40 degrees, but they will keep for several months at 50 degrees. A cool corner of the basement or attached garage can be a perfect storage spot.
Onions and garlic store best in mesh bags or open boxes to allow for ventilation.
Potatoes should be kept in complete darkness. Use a closed box or cloth-covered basket to prevent the skin from greening.
Squash can be stored in a bushel basket, shallow container, or on shelves. Make sure it is not stacked too deeply, as bruising will cause decay.
Apples can be stored in a refrigerator for months at a time. Keep in a box to preserve humidity, and separate layers with wax paper to retain humidity and prevent drying.
Meats, Cider, and Fruit can be frozen and thawed for use throughout the winter.
Congratulations! Winter is right around the corner, but you’re ready to celebrate the harvest with local, farm-fresh food all winter long.
Do you have any tips for storing food for the winter? We’d love to hear them. Send a letter to contact@FreedomFarmsPA.com.