Virtual Field Day: Winter Crop Storage
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Wild Flight Organic Farm grows a range of winter storage crops including carrots, cabbage, onions, potatoes and squash that are sold through the winter at farmers' markets and wholesale channels. Building on the success of KBFA's last virtual field day with Wild Flight Farm on the cultivation of field crops, this field day provides a virtual tour of winter storage and packing areas and address questions of humidity, air circulation and temperature for specific vegetables.
Field Day Recording HERE
Commercial Storage of Fruits and Vegetables was last printed by Agriculture Canada in 1990 but the basic information hasn’t changed and is relatively easy to read.
The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks is a US Department of Agriculture resource that is perfect for those who want to geek out on vegetable storage info. It was completely revised and expanded in 2016 to include a whole lot more besides basic storage information.
Wild Flight Farm's winter storage rooms viewed on the virtual tour (in the order that they appear on the tour):
Winter squash storage: 7-10°C cooled with outdoor air inflow with constant air movement inside to keep it dry
Vegetable root storage: 0°C, active refrigeration
Apple/pear storage: 0°C, active refrigeration, kept separate from vegetables b/c they give off ethylene gas
Potato storage: 5°C, cooled with outdoor air inflow on a thermostat
Onion/garlic storage: 0-15°C. with constant air movement to keep produce as dry as possible