Preserving Summer

Whether you are sad to see summer go, or you are happy to welcome in the cooler weather, it's hard to deny that come winter, we'll all be missing the summer produce. For those of you who are tired of tomatoes, exhausted by eggplant and pooped of peppers, take this opportunity to put some sunshine in the freezer for a snowy day.

You will be so happy when we put those lasagna noodles in the shares or when you are making a big pot of chili this winter. You can roast up your vegetables with little prep and few ingredients and have a plethora of preserved produce to brighten your bleary wintertime blues. A little olive oil and garlic are all you need to turn individual or mixed veggies into a flavor burst for your winter soup.

Add salt and pepper sparingly if you will be adding this to a recipe so you can season the whole dish as required. If you are planning to cook your veggies down into a concentrated paste, it would be wise not to season them until after cooking, if at all.

Freezing tip: Whether you are using a container or a zip lock to store your veggies, squish them way down together or store with enough broth to eliminate air in order to avoid crystals and freezer burn.

Tip: What to Eat on a Plant-Based Diet

Here is a really good blog-post from The Running Carrot, talking about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. This doesn't mean eating only plants, just eating mostly plants. The article has oodles of great nutritional info on produce, much of which we see in Fair Shares. It will make you feel pretty...Read more


As both a vendor and a member, I've found Fair Shares to be a wonderful organization to be a part of. It has opened my eyes to a whole range of farmers/producers in the region that I may never have had the opportunity to come in contact with if it weren't for my involvement with Fair Shares. And you folks all rock!

Josh Allen, Companion Bread, St. Louis MO
Companion Bakery