[Market-farming] carrot storage through winter? sand question

Mike Brabo mdbrabo at att.net
Sun Nov 11 11:01:41 EST 2012

While visiting Harmony valley farms (90-100ac organic veg) in Wisc i saw them usinh a lower power pressure washer to clean up carrots & turnips. They came out sparkling clean. 

   Vesterbrook Farm

On Nov 11, 2012, at 8:36 AM, Vern and Amy <vaspencer at sisna.com> wrote:

> All the commercial growers that I know wash their carrots as they come 
> out of the field and put them in perforated plastic bags.  One put up 
> 300 ton/year.  He tries to get them to 34 degrees and keep them there.  
> I think 40 degrees would do pretty well for a while.  Even our friend 
> Brandon left the sand idea and went to plastic.  He is actually the one 
> that turned me on to that method.  If dirt/sand stays on the carrots for 
> a while, it can stain and cause off flavors. 
> I need to go wash mine now that I got them out before they froze in the 
> ground or the deer ate them.  I don't know if I can get all the dirt out 
> of the wrinkles once it dries there.
> Vern
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