[Market-farming] Eggplant Question

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Thu Jul 28 10:56:26 EDT 2005

Lynn you are doing everything right. Some varieties are softer than others.
You harvest and display them like all eggplant on the stand away from direct
sunlight. They tend to hold for two days in firm condition then get soft and
wrinkly. When they get soft I toss them. I try to only pick as much as I can
sell in a day often I will pick twice a day to insure freshness and quality.
Whatever you do don't put them in the cooler...Bob.
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

Lynn Wigglesworth wrote:

> I don't know much about eggplant (don't like it much so I rarely grow it).
> I'm growing several varieties in my market garden this year because a
> couple people asked for it. The long oriental type are soft...should they
> be that way? I harvest them at about 8-10" long. The big dark purple ones
> in the store are hard as rocks, and my other varieties are firm but not
> hard. Is 'soft' normal for long orientals or are they under/over ripe?
> Also, should they be refrigerated? I normal leave the veggies out in the
> farm stand during the day and refridgerate everything except tomatoes at
> night (I'm only open 3 days a week and harvest fresh every week...give
> away or feed any excess to the sheep after market days)
> Lynn Wigglesworth
> Peasant Farmer
> Tioga County, PA
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