Growing for Market in partnership with Johnny's Selected Seeds has created a library of expert information about growing and selling vegetables and flowers. Links in the article will take you to johnnyseeds.com.
Subscribe to Growing for Market for more great ideas about growing and marketing!
For more topics in the series, click on Market Farming Basics in the left column.
Some vegetables can maintain freshness for months after harvest if you choose varieties specifically bred for long storage. Here's a list of some of the varieties we recommend for storage throughout fall and winter.
Beets of all varieties will keep for 3-5 months when stored at 32F and 90-100% humidity.
Cabbage: Storage No. 4 will keep until spring from a late fall harvest if held at 32F and 90-100% humidity.
Carrot: Bolero is the best variety for harvesting in late fall and will hold for up to six months at 32F and 90-100% humidity.
Kohlrabi: Kossak will keep for 2-3 months at 32F and 90-100% humidity.
Leeks: Tadorna is very cold tolerant and can be stored in the field into winter. Once harvested, store at 32F and 90-100% humidity.
Onion varieties that are classified as Hard Storage onions will keep up to six months when stored at 32F and 65-70% humidity.
Potatoes: will keep up to five months when stored at 40-50F and 90% humidity.
Pumpkins: Jarrahdale, Long Island Cheese, Musque de Provence, and Baby Bear are all renowned for long storage as well as great eating qualities. They will keep up to 5 months at 50-60F and 50-70% humidity.
Turnip: Purple Top White Globe will keep 4-5 months at 32F and 90-100% humidity.
Visit Johnny's Selected Seeds for more free
information about growing produce, herbs, cover crops and flowers.
Subscribe to Growing for Market for the latest news and ideas.
Reprinted from JSS Advantage October 2011