The other week though, I was invited by Monsanto on a Vegetable Field Day for a fun day of learning and tasting in the fields located further down that rural route than I had ever traveled before. Although I was provided a stipend for travel, I only had to drive less than 20 miles to a farm that I would never have known existed otherwise. The other bloggers that attended drove from much further away coming from Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa.
|Biting into a raw Bella Fina pepper for the 1st time|
- Need a tomato or avocado to ripen sooner? Put them near a banana.
- Never put ripe tomatoes in the fridge, but if you buy green ones, go ahead and put them in the fridge. When/if you want them to ripen up, put them in a bag with a ripe banana.
- When buying peppers, green color is immature and red is mature. Same goes for bell peppers, but stores like to buy them green. Bell peppers are all green from the get-go and gradually change color, getting sweeter as they ripen.
- To reduce the need for chemicals, growers will use reflective tarp that disorients bugs. We could see it shining in the distant fields. It costs more, but cheaper in the long run since it reduces the need for pesticides.
- Vegetable Breeders will breed certain veggies to produce positive traits like making them brighter in color or reduce bruising so that shoppers are more likely to select these veggies and thus reducing waste.
|Basket of veggies centerpiece, so colorful!|