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A Quick Guide to Buying and Storing Fresh, Michigan Grown Produce

Mother and Daughter picking melons at a Farmers Market.

A Quick Guide to Buying and Storing Fresh, Michigan Grown Produce

Mother and daughter looking at melonsWondering how to make your fruits and veggies last longer? We’ve got you covered. Here are some tips for buying and storing fresh produce.

Shop Seasonal
Learn about Michigan’s growing seasons to take full advantage of buying produce at its peak freshness. For example, strawberries and asparagus are harvested in spring, while cherries and blueberries thrive in summer. Apples, pumpkins, and squash are abundant in the fall, and potatoes and carrots are available through winter.

Shop Local
Visiting farmers markets and local farm stands is a great way to find the freshest Michigan grown produce. When you buy directly from local farmers, you’re not only supporting the local economy but also likely getting fruits and vegetables that were harvested recently.

Check Carefully
Make sure produce is free from bruises or blemishes. Select items that are bright in color, with a firm smooth texture and without wrinkles.

Smart Storage
Proper storage helps keep produce fresh longer. Store unwashed berries in the fridge, leafy greens in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer, and root vegetables in a cool, ventilated space.

Freeze and Preserve
Make the most of your fruit and vegetable purchases by freezing or preserving. Try making jams, sauces, and pickles to enjoy Michigan produce any time of year.

Happy cooking!

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