BANANAS…How to store for now and later, handy tips for use, and delicious recipes!

Apples to Zucchini 

How to store for now and later, 

handy tips for use, and delicious recipes!

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Storage tips: Bananas should be stored hanging, placed on the counter, or stored in a well ventilated basket. Bananas should never be kept in a plastic bag, this creates too much  moisture and will cause the fruit to rot. If you are lucky enough to have bananas in the house for a few days, place them in the refrigerator. While the skin may turn brown, the flesh inside will be just right for several days. Also, wrapping banana stems tightly in cling wrap will make them last three to five days longer. If you peel a banana from the bottom up (holding on to the stem like a handle), you will avoid the stringy bits that cling to the fruit inside.

Freezing: If your bananas get too ripe before you can eat them, don’t throw them away! Store them peeled in the freezer in a baggie to use in recipes later.

Usage tips: If your bananas are too green, and you *need* them now, you can put them in a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato overnight to speed up the ripening process.

Nutrition Information: One medium banana (about 126 grams) is considered to be one serving. One serving of banana contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein. Bananas are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. Want to know more about bananas? Click here.

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An 1840’s General Store situated on our property, is used as our on site Farmer’s Market. The old General Store was once the central hub for a railroad community, and served many important roles in the community of Goggans, even a United States Post Office until the 1960’s. It later served a new, bigger community purpose, inspiring our Farmers Market To You program to be born. This building is registered as a Historical site, and is adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, among other things. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way.

We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, rooted from wonderful Grandmothers teachings. We, like everyone began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for families like ours….and Farmers Market To You was born. We have been able to expand in to several of our neighboring communities…and touch and reach families along the way. We are able to donate food and cash to needy families, food ministries, PTA’s, churches and other vital community service organizations because of the overwhelming support from the community!

This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.

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