As the days become shorter and the temperaturesbegin to drop, you can put yourself in a funk thinking that the supply of fresh vegetables from your garden and local farms is no more.Well, I am here to put your mind at ease and remind you that there is still hope for fresh vegetables as the colder weather approaches.
Just recently weharvested all of our winter squash. The varietiesweharvested included delicata, butternut, and spaghetti. Since pulling them from the field, we have stored them in our shed, which is an environment naturally conducive to curring. Certain crops like potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, garlic, and onionsrequirecuring prior to storage.Curingis a process of holding produce in specific climate conditions for a shortduration before moving to very different storageconditions. The warmer temperatures during these late-summer-early-falldaysallow for the outer skins of certain types of vegetables to dry and harden prior to storage, thus preventing premature rot.
Storagecropshave many advantages.Storagecrops have increased our income and profit by extending the marketing period for crops far beyond their final harvest. Winer storagecrops include but are not limited to beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, russel sprouts, cabbage, radicchio, kohlrabi, leeks, radish, celeriac, and turnips. If you are looking to experiment with storagecrops, youprobably don't have to search too far to find an ideal storage location. Many excellent storage options can be found in a basement, mudroom, or garage. If you are extremely prepared, you may evenhave a root cellar cure your produce in for winter!