8 Storage Tips to keep your produce fresh all summer long

  1. Use the Crisper Drawer– Utilize the crisper drawers in your fridge for fruits and vegetables. Set one drawer to high humidity for leafy greens and the other to low humidity for fruits and vegetables that prefer drier conditions.
  2. Store at the Right Temperature- Keep your refrigerator at a steady temperature between 32°F-40°F. This range slows down the ripening process and reduces spoilage.
  3. Separate Ethylene Producers- Ethylene gas accelerates ripening. Store ethylene-producing fruits like apples, bananas, and tomatoes separately from ethylene-sensitive items like leafy greens, berries, and carrots.
  4. Wrap Leafy Greens and Herbs- Wrap leafy greens and herbs in paper towels before placing them in plastic bags. The paper towels absorb excess moisture, which helps prevent wilting and decay.
  5. Store Berries in Glass Containers- Berries last longer when stored in glass containers lined with paper towels. This method helps absorb excess moisture and keeps the berries fresh.
  6. Keep Potatoes and Onions Separate– Store potatoes and onions in a cool, dark place but not together. When stored together, they release gases that can cause each other to spoil faster.
  7. Refrigerate Citrus in the Crisper- Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes can be stored in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer to extend their freshness. If you leave them on the counter, use them within a week.
  8. Maintain Proper Humidity for Mushrooms – Store mushrooms in a paper bag in the fridge. The paper bag absorbs excess moisture, which helps prevent the mushrooms from getting slimy.

Day 1 for Pennsylvania’s local food economy

For the last 20 years I have had a vision of local farmers feeding local communities. This week, we took a huge step towards that vision.

After over a year of work (including one false start this past summer), our new distribution center is fully operational!

This new facility is a piece of the infrastructure that a robust and resilient local food economy needs to thrive.

Now we can take the next step in growing this vision: this year we will grow to support local food economies across Pennsylvania. 

Last year, you supported over 350 local farmers and producers through Harvie. This year, we hope you will join us in increasing your impact as we introduce you to many more local products and producers with the increased capacity of our new distribution center.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the Harvie staff that persevered through a difficult year of operations as we built out the new distribution center, the 45 members who joined us as 5-year Harvie Green members which helped us finally get our doors open, our farmers and producers for producing amazing food, and each of you for eating local food every week, making this vision into a reality.

Every meal is a choice of how we want to live, eat, and work together.

I’m so proud that you have chosen to eat with Harvie. Thank you!

Eat with Purpose!

Simon Huntley
Founder, Harvie

New, Peak Season, and Last Call | January 2024

Just arriving: Baby Mizuna & Arugula Salad Greens from Clarion River Organics, Rover Radishes from Getblok Farms, Purple “Crooked” Carrots from Central PA Produce, Dried Gomphrena & Marigold Flowers from Pisarcik Flower Farm, and Green Garlic from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

Peak season: Stripetti and Carnival Squash from Blue Goose Farm, Rutabaga & Purple Top Turnips from Clarion River Organics, Chioggia & Gold Beets from Central PA Produce, and Jonagold Apples from Dawson’s Orchards.

Going, Going, Gone: Sweet Potato Fingerlings from Clarion River Organics, Young Arugula from Blue Goose Farm, and Brussels Sprouts from Lancaster Farm Fresh

New, Peak Season, and Last Call | November 2023

November 2023

November may not stand out  traditionally as big month for produce, however, we have some really exciting new products joining our lists this month. With Thanksgiving coming up, our focus has been sourcing fruits and veggies to fill your holiday table. Look for holiday items like brussels sprouts, green beans, pomegranate, and cranberries. Plus seasonal staples like potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, lettuce, greens, and much more.

Additionally, we are excited to now carry limited quantity items from a new local producer, Getblok Farms, in Aliquippa. Husband and wife, Vinnie and Christina, own and operate this new and highly efficient indoor farm specializing in both fresh greens and herbs as well as some less traditional hydroponic crops like radishes, baby carrots, and Hakurei turnips. As they ramp up their production, we look forward to bringing you lots of their high-quality crops this winter and beyond.

As frost is now upon our Western PA fields, we will have to say goodbye to some more of our local summer crops like peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and herbs. But we will do our best to source these beloved products from regional and national sources when our Pennsylvania supply finishes for the season–all while continuing to carry as many items as we can from our local farmers.

-Neil S., Harvie Sourcing