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.

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