Q: What’s the best way to keep my produce fresh? It seems to go bad very quickly.
A: Nothing is more frustrating then having your glorious organic produce wilt before it’s time! Using our produce wisely – and even shopping locally and more frequently – may help. When you buy from a local farmer or farmers’ market, chances are your produce is fresh and will last longer than supermarket produce that may have been shipped across country or from overseas. Buying in season and more frequently will also minimize spoilage. Try to keep any purchased produce intact and don’t wash it before you store it. Remember to keep cold-sensitive produce, think tropical like avocados and peaches, at room temperature instead of the fridge and keep your onions and root vegetables (potatoes, squash) in a cool, dry place for best storage. Soft summer berries and fruits are especially tricky. Use them right away or freeze them for later use to prevent waste.

Nancy Massotto is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Moms Network, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Nancy has a passion for living holistic and works to help parents connect, learn and support one another on their journeys through parenting and holistic living. Find more information about Nancy on her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.