[Market-farming] Bagged Salad Mix Regulations

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Wed Oct 7 05:23:35 EDT 2009

If you use ice on leafy greens it should be 32F ice like it is right out of an Ice maker.  If the ice has been in a freezer it is probably between -20 and 0F which will burn many lettuces and swiss chard.  

I use ice on top of lettuce after washing and cooling.  If you put the ice in water for a few minutes it will come up to 32F and then should be okay to use.  

Some lettuces are more sensitive to the cold and physical dammage by the ice.

Charles DeBerry
DeBerry Farm 

From: Richard Stewart <rstewart at zoomtown.com>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tue, October 6, 2009 6:37:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Bagged Salad Mix Regulations

I've never had a good experience with the meeting of ice and leafy greens.  They both tend to melt.  :) 

Best thing in the world, since making ice takes a lot of energy is to use cool water which, as it evaporates cools the leaves.  A simple misting system works wonders.

Richard Stewart
Carriage House Farm
North Bend, Ohio

An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855

(513) 967-1106
rstewart at zoomtown.com

On Oct 6, 2009, at 1:52 PM, SaladG at aol.com wrote:

Tom we always cool our mixes as soon as it is cut with cold water, and I usually let it set in cold water for an hour or two before I start spin drying, then we don't pack in very large quantity so when we are at the market not more than 5# is exposed to the air and the rest is in cooler's in the shade.  In really hot weather we pack the coolers with ice, we have our own ice maker, so a couple of scoops of ice on top of the mix in bags coming out of the walk-in will hold all day without any problem.  Just never had any problems with it getting wilty even on the hottest of days.  We do the same with swiss chard, and I always try to keep it wet at the markets, if it starts to look wilty  I put it back in water and get out some fresh out of the cooler.  We have a upright freezer in the van we market in and I always keep a few trays of ice just for emergencys.
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