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Perry-Winkle Farm

Photos and text by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Postharvest Handling and Marketing

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Cathy in front of old refrigerated truck converted to walk-in cooler

Once vegetables and flowers are harvested, all efforts go towards preserving their quality through proper postharvest handling practices. Each crop has its own unique requirements, but the first step is usually to remove the field heat.

Perry-winkle Farm uses an old refrigerated truck as their walk-in cooler (above).

Chris and Emily wash freshly harvested salad greens in an old bathtub now used for washing produce. They are gently placed in a net laundry bag for further washing.

Salad mix soaks in laundry bag

Greens are rinsed a second time in another sink of clean water while still in the net bag. The bags are then removed and allowed to drain.

salad mix and other greens is washed and spun on two spin cycles' places in a net laundry bag

Chris places the net bags filled with greens in an old washing machine, where they are spun on two spin cycles until dry.

bagging salad mix

The bathtub doubles as a giant mixing bowl. Here Kate S. and Kate M. mix all the ingredients of their popular “mixed salad herbs” and bag up special orders for restaurants and for the farmers’ markets.

washing fennel

Melissa washes fennel with the jet nozzle.

Cathy with bean harvest

Cathy with the bountiful harvest of a flat Italian bean they grow.

cleaning squash

The farm crew wipes squash clean with cotton gloves.

Mike cleans garlic

Mike preps cured garlic for sale. They sell both green garlic and dried garlic.

carrboro market

Perry-winkle direct markets the majority of their farm products. They sell at three farmers’ markets every week: Tuesdays at Fearrington, and Wednesdays and Saturdays at Carrboro.

Above, a typical market day at the Saturday Carrboro Farmers’ Market, where Perry-winkle Farm occupies a prime corner spot. Carrboro is their largest market and they have sold there since 1994.

making bouquets

Cathy transports her flower shop to the farmers’ market for creating bouquets on-site, which really helps draw customers in. She makes each bouquet to order.

Cathy with customers

fearrington market

Cathy and Mike at the Fearrington Farmers’ Market. They have been there since its opening in 1991. Perry-winkle has been able to grow with the Fearrington Market, starting out small and growing as it grew.

Cool-season offerings at the Carrboro Thanksgiving market

Cool-season offerings at the Carrboro Thanksgiving market.

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Photo of Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production (919) 542-8244 debbie_roos@ncsu.eduN.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
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