Remember those instructions on the back of your shampoo bottle? I always thought it was crazy that it said "repeat." Does anyone really wash their hair more than once? Anyway, this post is all about washing and prepping those fruits and veggies you'll find on Saturday morning at the Binford Farmers Market.
Here are a few tips to ensure that the items you choose make it into your fridge, or belly, in their best condition:
1. Wash everything you buy! It is tempting to feel like the produce you buy from a farmers market is superior in cleanliness (we all know it is superior, but for different reasons). Remember that your prized tomato could have been someone else's put-back. Or sneezed on by kindergartener, or licked by an otherwise well-behaved market dog. All of these things can happen at the grocery store too, well, except maybe that last one. Washing keeps your food and family healthy.
2. Make sure all your fruits and veggies get cleaned ASAP once they hit your kitchen counter (xcept for berries, wash them right before you plan to eat them!). This will make your life easier throughout the week as you use them up and prevent the spread of any insects or mold that might be lurking. Greens are particularly susceptible to carrying insects because of their often-intricate folds and curls. I like to soak my greens in cold water in addition to a good rinse in order to tease out any hangers-on.
3. After you clean everything, be sure it is dry for storage. This will help prevent early spoilage. Make sure you have plenty of clean dry towels to remove the excess water from your produce. I use clean dish towels and cloth napkins for mine. Of course, you could use paper towels, but if you can "reduce and reuse" fabric ones, all the better.
Keep clean and enjoy the market!