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Not everyone has a second spring like those of us in Southern California.  Autumn is our reprieve and is the reason that the rest of the country has lettuce year round.  Yes, you can thank us now!

It has been a hot and miserable summer.  Autumn is our second spring and our local growers take full advantage of the second coming of spring.

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As I have told you before – I make the rounds, Egg Farm, Farm Stand, bank and back. For months it has been slim pickings at the farm stand due to the heat.

Not today!
Lettuce is back in full force!

Isn’t it beautiful?

 

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Getting lettuce like this isn’t like getting lettuce in the grocery store, where they have already trimmed it up, washed it and bundled it.  No, this lettuce comes with the stalk, dirt and all.   It is fresh from the fields. Everyone’s first thought is to tear it apart and wash it.

Stop!  Do NOT do that!

 

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The stalk is living and will keep your lettuce alive and thriving.

Cut off the end with a sharp knife.

Do not wash the whole head.

Water will cause the whole head to rot from the inside out.

 

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Have a bowl with a little bit of cool water ready.

Place the cut stalk into the cool water, much like you would a bouquet of flowers.

This will re-hydrate the lettuce and keep it going for days and days.

 

 

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Pick off the leaves as you need them, wash them and let the rest of the head continue to hydrate in fresh water in the bowl.

Change the water in the bowl daily to keep it fresh.  If the stalk seems to be sealing up, cut another thin slice off the end.

 

 

In a cool kitchen, the lettuce can stand on the counter.   If your kitchen is too warm, place in the refrigerator covered with a plastic bag to prevent it from getting too cold.

Lettuce doesn’t like freezing temperatures, found in the back of the refrigerator – which is why it likes to grow in California.

I hate to even talk about price, because I know this isn’t available everywhere.  But check your local providers, you might be surprised what you find!

$8.20 = 60 eggs / 2 flats of 30

$5.00  =  2 heads of lettuce, 4 onions, 12 carrots, 1 lb new potatoes

Fresh food from the field, for under $15.

About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.

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Shopping Local — 6 Comments

  1. “One of the many things I love about your generous sharing of recipes and nutritional information, is your very smart and commonsense approach. The extremes of current nutritional advice are suspect, lining someone’s pockets and getting more annoying every day. I <3 Baking Nana!" — Reposted from FB 🙂

  2. BN: Well, color me jealous! I have lots of local produce available to me, but lettuce certainly isn’t on the list. It’s beautiful!

  3. I was so surprised to find lettuce today! No, surprised is the wrong word – THRILLED is more like it.
    I think the woman at the farm stand is probably still laughing.
    I was pretty excited! 😉

  4. Yay, Baking Nana! Just a couple of more weeks and lettuce will be good again here. It’s still a tad hot, so I tend to shy away from it right now. Sometimes it can be bitter and tough. Once the temps drop though, I’ll be looking for lettuce with stems! Thanks for the storage info about lettuce. I store asparagus in a narrow bowl with water, with a loose plastic tent over it to keep it from drying out, but I didn’t know to do that with lettuce. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • Thanks for stopping in Brenda.
      It has been so hot that our farm stand hasn’t even had lettuce lately.
      I am looking forward to Fall.
      Thanks for the tip on asparagus!