Stokdijk Greenhouses, Ltd. strives to grow the highest quality produce with a tradition of excellence. We are moving forward, focusing on our responsibility to provide healthy, local, safe food for our friends and neighbours. Get to know our 65 year old family-owned and operated agri-business […]
Our cherry tomatoes are vine-ripened and have very great tomato flavour. Cherries tend to be sweet and taste great in salads and sauces. They can last up to a couple weeks. Selecting the best: Look for cherries with consistent coloring. Choose red tomatoes for use […]
We’ve gone wild with sweet peppers. Our peppers colored peppers come in a range of colors, including: red, orange, and yellow. Sweet peppers have great flavor. Colored peppers tend to be much sweeter than green peppers. Each color has a distinct flavor. Red pepper has a deep, sweet flavor, while orange peppers are often sweeter, and the yellow peppers just taste like sunshine on a summer day.
Selecting the best: Peppers tend to have a shiny, waxy looking skin. They can vary in color and sometimes have shades of color on the same pepper. Fun fact: nearly all peppers start out green, then turn to the color of the variety grown. Peppers can last up to a couple of weeks.
Storing: Store uncut peppers in the refrigerator. Put cut peppers in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator. Fresh peppers can be chopped and stored in the freezer in a sealed container. Frozen, chopped peppers are a great to add flavor to any cooked dish.
SORRY! We are not growing any significant quantities of hot peppers in 2021. You may see them again in the future. For now, enjoy our other delicious, local products. We carry several varieties of hot peppers, including: jalapeño, habanero, serrano, hot hungarian wax, Fresno, and […]
Mini cucumbers are crispier and have a slightly sweeter flavour than the larger variety. Minis make a fresh, healthy snack on the go! They also look amazing on a veggie platter and taste great in salads! Their flavour makes a tasty sweet pickle or relish. […]
English cucumbers have great flavour and taste great in salads, sandwiches, and make amazing pickles and relish because they are seedless! Our cucumbers can be in your supermarket within 1-3 days from picking.
Selecting the best: Look for cucumbers that are firm and evenly coloured. But don’t squeeze them! This will shorten their shelf-life. Cucumbers can last up to a couple weeks. (Hint: If you see cucumbers going yellow they’re probably old. We clean out our coolers 2-3 times a week minimum. So you can be sure they were fresh when they left our dock;).
Storing: Always wrap your cucumbers tightly and store in the refrigerator after cutting portions. This will keep the cucumber fresh and crisp. Afraid of leftovers going bad? Try our Mini cucumbers!
WHY ARE CUCUMBERS WRAPPED IN PLASTIC?
While the cucumber is on the plant the vine keeps the cucumber full of nutrients and water. And just like all plants, cucumber plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. This is called respiration. When plants respire, or breath out, they also let out some of their moisture into the air. When you pick a cucumber from the vine it continues to respire, but it can’t get more water because it’s no longer connected to the vine. A cucumber with a thin skin lets out more moisture than one with a thick skin when it’s picked.
So greenhouse cucumbers start out nice and crispy when they are picked. But after a day or so they can become floppy and squishy and not very tasty to eat. That’s why greenhouse cucumbers are wrapped in plastic. It protects your food from things that could easily get in through the thin skin, and keeps the moisture in so your cucumber is crunchy and delicious when you get it in the store.
Cucumbers are wrapped for a bunch of reasons:
- To keep your food safe. It keeps the bad stuff from permeating the thin skin and contaminating your food.
- To keep your food fresh. It keeps the good stuff in. A wrapped cucumber will only lose 1.5% of weight through evaporation after 14 days. But it only takes 3 days to lose 3.5% of its weight if left unwrapped! And nobody wants to eat a squishy cucumber.
- To reduce waste. This is a big deal. If we don’t wrap the cucumbers, more will go bad between the farm and your grocery basket, and have to be thrown away. If more cucumbers go to waste, farmers will have to grow more cucumbers just to fill the existing demand for this delicious and healthy snack. That means using more inputs like seeds, water and energy, not to mention significant transport costs for more product, which would be a huge waste. So this little bit of plastic helps us reduce a pile of waste.
Inventors and scientists are working hard to find a new kind of natural wrapper for greenhouse cucumbers that is safe to be used with food. We’re excited to see what they come up with.
Available March-November Our cluster tomatoes are vine-ripened and are often in your supermarket within 1-3 days from picking. Vine-ripened tomatoes have amazing flavour and great shelf life. Selecting the best: Look for clusters with a range of color from bright red to orange/green for longest shelf […]