Smart tips for choosing the best farmers' market produce and keeping it fresh longer this season
By Tim Cebula
1. Buy Sweet Corn in the Morning
Straight off the farm and cared for with love, fresh produce from local farms is unbeatable. Follow these smart hacks to get the best of the best at the farmers' market—and keep your produce fresher longer at home.
First up: Corn. The early bird gets the sweetest corn, among other things. Sweet corn's “respiration,” which turns sugars into starch, slows down the colder it gets. Corn bought early in the morning will be sweeter than ears that have heated up under the summer sun later in the day.
At home, store corn unshucked in the refrigerator until ready to eat–the chill slows the respiration rate and keeps it sweet longer. Eat that day, if possible: It's not going to get any better.