What’s in this week’s Mystery Box?

Plans for this week’s box:
(Week of August 8th)

            • Cherry Tomatoes
            • Chard
            • Kale
            • Genovese Basil
            • Cilantro
            • Onions
            • Armenian Cucumbers
            • Dry-Farm Early Girl Tomatoes
            • Avocados
            • Arugula
            • Summer Squash

**Disclaimer to the vegetable list**:  This list is approximate. When we run short of an item, we substitute with something else similar or extra of another item. Andy will make sure it will be a good value. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and a sense of adventure with these boxes. Enjoy!

Please note: all boxes at a given site have the same items in them. Please do not open them up to check. We are trying to minimize contact for everyone’s health and safety. Please only touch the boxes or items that you have ordered. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration of your fellow farm customers!

Storage

Cherry Tomatoes & Dry-Farm Early Girl Tomatoes: Store on your counter uncovered, and eat within a couple days for the best flavor! Do not store in the fridge as it makes them mushy and less tasty!

Chard, Kale, Cilantro & Arugula: Remove rubber band/tie and store in plastic bags in the fridge.

Onions: These onions will be ‘cured’ (papery skin, no green tail) so keep them in a cool dark place, in a paper bag, or in a bowl, but out of sunlight. If you keep dried onions in the fridge they will think it’s a dark cold winter and they’ll start to sprout sooner thinking their spring is just around the corner. 🙂

Avocados: They can be stored on your counter until ready to eat. Only refrigerate once they are soft enough to eat. A firm avocado will ripen in a paper bag or in a fruit basket at room temperature within a few days. If you have used a portion of a ripe avocado, it is best to store the remainder in the refrigerator. Store in a plastic bag, wrap with plastic wrap, or place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Sprinkling the exposed surface(s) with lemon juice will help to prevent the browning that can occur when the flesh comes in contact with oxygen in the air.

Cucumber & Summer Squash: Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Basil: Basil doesn’t like things too cold so if you plan to use it within a few days, you can store them like flowers in a jar of water on your counter until you’re ready to use it. Or, remove the rubber band and store loosely in a plastic bag with a moist paper towel, and put in the ‘warmest’ spot in your fridge — for some that’s the door, for others that may be in one of the crisper drawers.

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