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Now that the cooler weather is upon us, it's time to plan your pantry winter months. Most root vegetables can be stored easily. With a little planning and know-how, you can continue to eat delicious vegetables grown within miles of your home.

Moist vegetables: cabbages, potatoes, beets, and root crops should be stored in a container such as cardboard, newspapers, sand, or even plastic bags with holes for extra moisture to escape. These vegetables should not be exposed to air.

Dry vegetables: onions, garlic, squash and pumpkins can be stored in a cool, dark spot exposed to air. Try to keep them separated, but if you have to stack them, check weekly for rot.

-Only store mature vegetables without bruises or cuts to prevent rotting.

-If possible, keep the stem intact. This helps with keeping the vegetable hydrated.

-Keep the storage area dark and temperatures not below freezing.

-Do not wash the vegetables-brushing off excess soil is best.

-Check on vegetables weekly to ensure there are none have rotted.

Start stocking up now, for your winter vegetables. Our farmers are working hard to provide the best product at affordable prices.

Come down to the market from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturdays. Our musical performances will continue through September. And be sure to shop the market for your Halloween gourds and pumpkins!

Beaverton Farmers Market

Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton


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