Protecting the harvest
- Keep growing crops off the ground to prevent losses from pests and spoilage.
- Allow crops to ripen on the vine, then pick immediately when mature.
- Harvest in the early morning, while it is cool.
- Avoid sunshine and wind on freshly-picked produce.
- Handle produce gently to prevent bruising.
- Remove dirt, outer leaves if necessary, and clean thoroughly.
- Package, remove from the garden, and cool promptly.
- Use while fresh for maximum flavor and quality.