Storage tips

Apricots

Leave out on your counter to fully ripen. When soft to the touch, store in fridge in a baggie or container. Wash before eating.

Carrots

Cut the tops off, store your carrots in a zip lock bag or container in your fridge. Wash before eating.

Napa Cabbage

Store in an airtight container or large baggie in the fridge. Wash before using.

Strawberries

Store in your fridge, wash before eating. If you have more than 1 lb. of berries, pour the berries into a large bowl with a lid and store in your fridge. The berries dehydrate when exposed to refrigerator air. Don’t wash until ready you eat!

Tangerines

Store on your counter or in your fridge for longer shelf life.

Apples

Store in your fridge, in a plastic bag or sealed container, for longer shelf life. Can also leave on your counter. Wash before eating.

Artichokes

Store in baggie in refrigerator. Wash before cooking.

Arugula

For bunched Arugula, store in a plastic container or baggie in fridge. If it is looking wilted, trim the stem ends and stick the bunch in a bowl or cup of water for a couple hours. Wash before using.

For Zeste Hydroponic Living Arugula, cut off bottom of sleeve by sliding down and avoid cutting roots. Leave in sleeve. Place in cup in indirect sunlight on an indoor counter. Add only 3 tablespoons of filtered water to cup daily. The cup will dry out and that is ok as it gives the roots the opportunity to take in oxygen. Do not flood. Remove sleeve after day 2. (The sleeve is left on for two days to allow the plant to adjust to its new environment). Avoid areas with high airflow or cold drafts as this will dry out the plant and cause it to wilt. Cut off leaves at top or whole branches daily to add to meals.

Asparagus

Store bunch in a closed container or plastic bag in fridge. Wash before using.

Avocados

Store on your counter until dark and soft to the touch. Then, wash and store in fridge or enjoy right away. To ripen the avocados faster, put them a brown paper bag with a ripe banana or tomato and store in the warmest part of your home or car. Bananas and tomatoes give off a lot of ethylene gas naturally, which is used to ripen avocados commercially. Wash your avocados before cutting, avocado groves are dusty and dirty.

Basil, Living

Cut the bottom off the plastic bag and store the plant in a cup on your counter. Add about 2 Tablespoons water each day to the cup. The roots will absorb the water. Leave the bag on for a day or so for the plants to adjust to a new environment, then remove it.

Beets

Cut the tops off, store the beets in a baggie in fridge. Wash and scrub before cooking. If you use your tops to sauté or for smoothies, wash the leaves, store in a plastic container with a lid in your fridge.

Beets, Gold

Cut the tops off, store the beets in a baggie in fridge. Wash and scrub before cooking. If you use your tops to sauté or for smoothies, wash the leaves, store in a plastic container with a lid in your fridge.

Blackberries

Store in your fridge, wash before eating.

Blueberries

Store in your fridge, wash before eating.

Bok Choy

Store in plastic bag in fridge. Wash before cooking.

Broccoli

Put your broccoli in a closed baggie or container, store in fridge, wash before cooking.

Brussels Sprouts

Store in the fridge, wash before cooking.

For netted Brussels Sprouts, put bag in a container or another baggie to keep them from drying out. Store in fridge, wash before cooking.

Butternut Squash

Store your squash in a cool, dark place. Under the right storage conditions, your butternut squash should last two to three months. Wash before cutting.

Cantaloupe

Wash the outside of melon with soap & water before cutting or storing in fridge. Melons don’t ripen after being picked but they will soften up if left on your counter. Store in fridge for longer shelf life.

Cauliflower

Store in the fridge, wash before cooking.

Celery

Trim the top of the stalk, put in a baggie (no need to close baggie), store in your fridge, wash before using.

Chard

Trim stem ends. Wash, shake or spin dry. Store in a container in your fridge.

Cherries

Store cherries in refrigerator in a sealed container or plastic bag.  Rinse before eating.

Chives, Living

Cut off bottom of sleeve by sliding down and avoid cutting roots. Leave in sleeve. Place in cup in indirect sunlight on an indoor counter. Add only 3 tablespoons of filtered water to cup daily. The cup will dry out and that is ok as it gives the roots the opportunity to take in oxygen. Do not flood. Remove sleeve after day 2. (The sleeve is left on for two days to allow the plant to adjust to its new environment). Avoid areas with high airflow or cold drafts as this will dry out the plant and cause it to wilt. Cut off leaves at top or whole branches daily to add to meals.

Cilantro

Trim the stem ends and stick the bunch in a bowl or cup of water for a few hours. Store the whole bunch in a plastic container or baggie in fridge. Wash before using.

Corn

Keep your ears in their husks until ready to cook or freeze. Put the husks in a large baggie, store in fridge.

Cucumbers

Store cucumbers in fridge, wash before using.

Dill, Living

Cut off bottom of sleeve by sliding down and avoid cutting roots. Leave in sleeve. Place in cup in indirect sunlight on an indoor counter. Add only 3 tablespoons of filtered water to cup daily. The cup will dry out and that is ok as it gives the roots the opportunity to take in oxygen. Do not flood. Remove sleeve after day 2. (The sleeve is left on for two days to allow the plant to adjust to its new environment). Avoid areas with high airflow or cold drafts as this will dry out the plant and cause it to wilt. Cut off leaves at top or whole branches daily to add to meals.

Eggplant

Store in plastic bag or closed container in fridge. Wash before eating.

English Peas

Store our bag of peas in the fridge. These are the kind of pea you MUST TAKE OUT OF THE SHELL. Do NOT eat the shell. Once you have shelled your peas, you may store them for a few days in a container in fridge, or freeze them for use later. Wash the peas just before eating or cooking.

Fennel

Cut the top leaves and stalks off, store your bulb in baggie in your fridge. Wash before cooking or eating. The whole fennel is edible if you want to add the chopped leaves and stalks to a salad, salad dressings or a sauce.

Finger Limes

Store in the refrigerator. Wash before using.

Garlic

Store in dark, cool location in your pantry.

Grapes

Store in fridge. Wash just before eating.

Grapes, Champagne

Store unwashed, in the clamshell, in fridge. Wash before eating.

Green Beans

Use these first as they are the most perishable veggie in your box. Store in fridge, wash before cooking.

Green Onions

Put in a baggie in your fridge. Wash before using.

Kale

Trim stem ends, wash and store in a plastic container in your fridge.

Kiwi

Leave out on your counter until soft to the touch. Wash before cutting and eating. Did you know you can eat the skin, just like a peach?

Leeks

Put your leeks in a baggie, store in fridge. Wash before using. The white part and some of the light green is the usable part of the leek. Use leeks like any mild onion. They go in everything! The green tops can be used to make veggie broth. Did you know that leeks take almost 6 months to grow? That’s why they are so expensive.

Lemons

Leave out on your counter or store in your fridge. Wash before cutting.

Lettuce, Green Leaf

Tear off any older outer leaves, cut the butt off and wash the leaves. Spin dry and store in your lettuce box which is just a rectangular plastic container with a lid. Store in your fridge.

Lettuce, Hydroponic Butter

Place root ball in a bowl of water for a couple of hours. Then place whole head in a large container, store in fridge. Wash and dry just before using. If in plastic, put container in fridge, wash and dry just before using.

Lettuce, Little Gem

Cut the butts off, wash and spin or shake dry, store in a plastic container in your fridge.

Lettuce, Romaine

Cut the butts off, wash and spin or shake dry, store in a plastic container in your fridge.

Mushrooms

Store in your fridge. Wash right before using.

Nectarines

Leave out on your counter to fully ripen. When soft to the touch, store in fridge in a baggie or container. Wash before eating.

Onions

Store in a cool, dry, dark and well-ventilated place.

Oranges

Best stored in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.

Parsley

Trim the stem ends and stick the bunch in a bowl or cup of water for a few hours. Store in a plastic container or baggie in fridge. Wash before using.

Peaches, Peach Pie

Let these ripen to full color on your counter until there is no green on them. Wash before eating.

Peaches, Yellow

Leave out on your counter to fully ripen. When soft to the touch, store in fridge in a baggie or container. Wash before eating.

Pears

Store on your counter to ripen. Once ripen, store in fridge. Wash before eating. (Different varieties of pears have different ripening instructions. See website: https://www.calpear.com/

Pears, Bosc

Store on your counter to fully ripen. Wash before eating. As it ripens, the Bosc’s skin remains brown, showing no sign of change. Look at the stem end, which will be shriveled when the Bosc pear is fully ripe. Then enjoy or store in your fridge.

Pears, Yellow or Red Bartletts

Store on your counter to ripen. When they are a full yellow, wash and enjoy. Timing is important with pears, especially Bartletts. Too green: not as much flavor. Too yellow, turning brown: they will be mushy.

Peas, Snap

Store in your fridge. Wash before eating or cooking. These are the peas you eat whole, shell and all.

Peppers, Anaheim

Put your loose peppers in a baggie or container and store in your fridge. Wash before eating.

Peppers, Bell

Store in a baggie or container in refrigerator. Wash before eating.

Peppers, Mini

Store in the bag in your fridge. Always wash before using.

Peppers, Shishitos

Store in your fridge. Wash before cooking.These mild peppers are best enjoyed as an appetizer. Prepare by searing all sides in a olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

Peppers, Sweet

Store in a baggie in your fridge. Always wash before using! Add these peppers to most anything, raw, baked or sauted.

Persimmon, Fuyu

This variety you eat when it’s firm like an apple. Leave out on your counter until they are ripe and a full orange color. Wash before cutting. They are awesome sliced in salads and you can eat the skin.

Persimmon, Hachiya

This is the variety you bake with. To ripen, leave out on your counter. They are very soft when fully ripe.

Plumcots

Leave out on your counter to ripen-then place in a plastic bag in the fridge. Wash before eating.

Plums

Leave out on your counter to ripen-then place in a plastic bag in the fridge. Wash before eating.

Pluots

Leave out on your counter to ripen-then place in a plastic bag in the fridge. Wash before eating.

Pomegranates

Store pomegranates in a cool, dry well-ventilated place.

Potatoes

Keep potatoes in a cool, dark, place or in the warmest part of your fridge. Potatoes turn green when exposed to light and sprout when they get warm.

Pumpkins

Store in a cool, dry place. Wash the outside before cooking or cutting.

Radishes

Cut the tops off, store in a container in your fridge, wash before eating.

Romanesco

Store in your fridge. Wash before cooking.

Spaghetti Squash

Store in a cool, dry place. Wash the outside before cooking or cutting.

Spinach

Trim stem ends and put in a bowl of water for a few hours or overnight. Then wash leaves, spin dry (if you don’t have a salad spinner, get one) and store in a container with lettuce or by itself.

Summer Squash

Store in a plastic container or baggie in fridge. Wash before using.

Sweet Potatoes

Store in a dark, cool place. Wash and scrub before cooking.

Tomatoes, Early Girl

Store on your counter to ripen. Wash before eating. If you cut a tomato in half to eat, store the other half in a baggie in your fridge.

Tomatoes, Heirloom

Store on your counter, wash before eating. If you cut a tomato in half to eat, store the other half in a baggie in your fridge. They may have a weird shape or have lines or markings on the skin; this is normal for heirlooms. Cut away areas you don’t like.

Tomatoes, Medley

Store in their container in your fridge. Wash before eating.

Tomatoes, Roma

Store tomatoes on counter. When ripened, romas will store well in a container in fridge. Wash before eating.

Watermelons

Wash the outside with soap and water, dry. Leave on your counter or in your fridge.

Zucchini

Store in a plastic container or baggie in fridge. Wash before using.

Farm Address

2900 Lopez Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420