The Best Storage and Preservation Tips for Fresh HerbsIf you’re a fresh herb fanatic but don’t have the time or space to grow your own you’ve probably wasted a lot of money throwing away parsley, cilantro, dill, basil and other such herbs you were sure would last in your fridge. Daily trips to the supermarket are not the answer! Fiorentino’s Farm Market shares our best techniques for fresh herb storage and preservation. These tips can be applied to herbs purchased at your local farmers market, supermarket or picked from your own garden!
7-Step Guide to Fresh Herb StorageBefore we get into the ways in which you can enjoy your favorite fresh herbs all year long, we have to differentiate the two categories: Hardy vs. Tender. Hard herbs have a woody stem such as rosemary, thyme, marjoram and oregano. While tender herbs have a soft step and include cilantro, parsley, basil and tarragon. Washing: Some say not to wash herbs because it adds moisture and can lead to quicker wilting. But if they’re not picked fresh from your garden we advise washing all fruits, vegetables and herbs before consumption to remove dirt and debris. Invest in a Salad Spinner: If you’re serious about your fresh herb storage a salad spinner is a must! Not only does this affordable gadget help during the washing process, it also quickly dries the herbs in 2 simple steps. Remove Wilted/Brown Leaves: Trim the ends off the stems and remove any wilted or brown leaves; these can speed up the spoil timeframe and ruin the whole batch. Hardy Herb Storage: Arrange them on a slightly damp paper town in a neat, single layer. Roll the paper town and transfer the bundle into a Zip Lock bag and store in the refrigerator. Tender Herb Storage: Add an inch of water to the bottom of a large Mason jar and add your tender herbs sticking straight up. Seal the jar completely with the lid or, if the herbs are too tall, a plastic band and seal with a rubber band. Store in the refrigerator promptly. Basil Storage: While it is considered a tender herb, the storage of basil is a bit different. Follow the same tender herb storage instructions but leave the basil at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Lifespan: Tender herbs, including basil, will last for 2 – 3 weeks, while hardy herbs can be stored for 1 – 2 weeks. We hope you can use our herb storage instructions and enjoy the fresh taste all year long! Refer to our summer produce preservation guideline to extend the delicious summer season.
Tips to Reduce Food Waste in your HomeAs a local farmer’s market, Fiorentino’s Farm Market has a moral responsibility to lessen our impact on the environment. Learning how to reduce food waste in your home not only helps to save you money, but it directly benefits the planet by reducing gas emissions, water waste and landfill overflow. Fiorentino's Farm Market has provided 11 easy ways to help you reduce food waste in your home and save you some money on your weekly shopping trips.
10 Easy Tips to Reduce Food Waste & Save MoneyFreeze: Almost anything you cook can be stored in the freezer for a few weeks and used or eaten at a later date. Similarly, overly ripe fruits or wilted vegetables can be frozen then used later in smoothies, soups and other such recipes. Meal Plan: Planning a weekly menu helps to reduce food waste, because you know exactly what you’re eating each day and only buying the ingredients you need for those specific recipes. Meal planning will also help you save money by reducing impulse buys at the store. Write a List & Stick to it: While planning, write a list of the ingredients you’ll need for each meal and bring that list to the store with you. Stick to your list as much as possible. This will ensure you only buy what you need and nothing will go to waste. Make sure you check your fridge & pantry before you go to ensure you’re not buying items you already have! Store Food Properly: Get the most out of your fruits, vegetables and other seasonal farmers market items by understanding how to store them properly. Read our in-depth blog to learn more about produce storage tips. Use your Scraps: Many people believe that the stalks, peelings and other scraps should be discarded as they do not have any use. On the contrary, these items are great ingredients for broths, soups & pesto. Pack your Lunch: Probably the easiest way to reduce food waste & save yourself some money. If you have leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, pack it in a container and bring it with you to work or school for an effortless & tasty lunch. Get Creative: The ability to properly reduce food waste does not always mean re-cooking leftovers and scraps, sometimes you have to get creative! Excess coffee grinds can be used in your garden soil or sprinkled in the grass to ward off mosquitos. Mash up an overly ripe avocados & mix it with some honey for an all-natural hair mask! Keep Inventory: Keep a log of the foods you find you’re throwing away the most, this way you can either avoid buying them altogether or buy much less for future recipes. Customize Takeout Meals: Eating out can account for a lot of food being throw away, but customizing your meal can help to reduce food waste. Be sure to read the ingredients in your meal and if you do not like something simply ask your waiter to omit it from your dish. Similarly, if your order comes with a side that you do not care for, ask if you can substitute it for something else or eliminate it from your meal. Start a Compost: A bit of a challenge to start on your own, but a compost is an excellent way to reduce waste by turning food scraps into fertilizer. Some townships have a community compost pile, call your local municipality to see if there is one available where you live. Share the Wealth: Leftovers that you do not want to freeze and may go bad before you can eat them, share with your neighbors!
Benefits of Zero Waste LifestyleThe benefits of reducing food waste & practicing a zero waste lifestyle are endless, not only for your wallet, but for the environment. We hope you’ll find these tips to reduce food waste and implement them into your daily life. Even minimal changes in the way you shop and cook can help reduce your carbon footprint.
Extend the Season: How to Preserve Summer ProduceAs summer is coming to an end and Labor Day is quickly approaching, farmers market lovers are scrambling to find ways to hold onto our fruits and vegetables for as long as possible. With a little planning, time and effort, you can preserve summer produce and enjoy the flavors well into fall and winter. Fiorentino’s Farm Market has provided 8 methods of preserving so you can extend the summer season. Make sure you head down to our farmers market in Hammonton, NJ to pick up the last of our seasonal summer fruits and veggies.
8 Ways to Preserve Summer ProduceFreezing. Probably the most underutilized method to saving the flavors of summer, freezing your fruits, vegetables & herbs is a great way to store them for future use. Make sure you research the specific ways to freeze each individual produce, as it does vary and is important to ensure you maintain the flavors. Learn all about produce storage tips to maintain quality and freshness. Herb Ice Cubes. Basil, chives, mint and cilantro are the perfect herbs to freeze and it’s so simple! Chop up the herbs, pack them into an ice cube tray and top with olive oil. They can be stored for months and add incredible, fresh flavor to all of your favor fall and winter recipes. Pesto. Another great method to preserve summer produce and herbs, make your own pesto. Store in a freeze safe containers and use later on pasta, pizza, bread and more! Pasta Sauce. Probably the best way to preserve your fresh farmers market tomatoes. Make a large pot using your favorite recipe and store in the freezer. Jams & Jelly. Preserve the sweetness of your favorite summer fruits by making your own freezer jams and jelly. Bake Fruit & Veggie Chips. While not as long lasting as some of our other ways to preserve summer produce, baking fruit and veggie chips are delicious and easy! Our favorites are apple chips, radish chips, pear chips and zucchini chips. You can also dehydrate them if you have an air fryer. Pickling. Pickling is a lot easier than most people think. With some common kitchen pantry essentials ingredients like vinegar, sugar and salt and a little time, you can pickle cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, asparagus, red onions and more! Canning. This may be one of the more challenging ways to preserve summer produce, but it pays off in the end. Canning fruits and vegetables allows them to stay fresh and stored on your shelves for up to a year.
Buy Seasonal Produce in Hammonton, NJFiorentino’s Farm Market offers a huge selection of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Besides our produce market, the indoor market offers a fresh bakery, snack items, dairy products and so much more. Visit us in Hammonton, NJ all year long!
Benefits of Buying Produce at a Local Farmers MarketLiving in the Garden State affords residence a great opportunity to shop for farm fresh produce at any of the estimated 150 farmer’s markets scattered throughout the state. Fiorentino’s Farm Market, located in Hammonton, NJ, proudly offers a variety of rotating seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers and many other market items for the local community to enjoy. The farmers market benefits are bountiful, from the abundance of fresh produce items to affordability and social experience. Read Fiorentino’s Farm Market’s list below to learn the many benefits to shopping at your local farmer’s market.
10 Farmers Market Benefits: Shop Local & SaveWide Variety. Farmer’s markets are known for having hard-to-find and unique produce items that grocery stores won’t normally carry. Be adventurous and try something new! Minimally Processed. Produce found at a local market is usually less processed than fruits and vegetables found at a grocery store. Fruits and vegetables without all of the added chemicals, antibiotics and modifications are healthier and contain more nutrients. Support Local Community. Buying local means more of your money stays within the community, rather than going to big, brand name corporations. Affordable. A big misconception is that local & organic means more money, but at a farmer’s market that is not the case. Not only are the prices less expensive at the produce market, compared to the grocery store, you get more for your money (per pound) and it lasts twice as long! More Nutritious. Produce pumped with fewer chemicals then sold when they’re perfectly ripe means they can hold more nutritional value. Tastes Better. Grown and picked at the perfect ripeness, then delivered directly to the farmer’s market means you’re receiving high quality, super fresh produce. Seasonal. You’ll find a large assortment of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables which rotate all year long. Check out our chart of seasonal farmers market produce available. Cut your Carbon Footprint. Produce at the farmer’s market has usually traveled less miles, which reduces the emissions into the atmosphere. Furthermore, as our farmers market shopping tips blog points out, shoppers tend to use reusable bags, cutting down on plastic waste. Fresh, Quality Produce: Farmer’s market produce is known for its quality and freshness. This is because is it locally grown with less chemicals and picked at the perfect ripeness. Social Experience: Besides the abundance of fresh, quality produce available, a trip to the local farmer’s market is a great way to bring the community together. Talk to the farmers, learn more about community businesses, even share recipes to get your fellow shoppers inspired.
Produce Market in Hammonton, NJNow that you’ve learned all about the farmer’s market benefits, come take a trip to Fiorentino’s Farm Market in Hammonton, NJ. Browse through our isles of colorful fruits and vegetables, but don’t skip over our array of other delicious food items including a fresh bakery, homemade jarred products, snacks and so much more. Make sure you know how to properly store your produce once you bring them home. Visit our farmer’s market in Hammonton, NJ, for questions call 609-561-0300.