Food waste by the average American family is estimated at 25 percent of your grocery shopping dollars — or a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh vegetables top the list. Those crisp heads of lettuce and feathery just-pulled carrots look great in the produce section. But after a few days in the fridge – not so much. If you have a better use for $2,000 this year, check out these simple ways to store and preserve fresh vegetables before they become food waste in the trash or compost bin. We include storage recommendations for popular seasonal vegetables. As a general rule, locally grown organic produce does not stay fresh as long as conventional produce. To read the full story, with our tips, CLICKHERE.