I learned that as the weather starts to warm up, cold crops like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts start to get bitter and rotten more quickly. Mature lettuce gets woody, and goes bad quickly, so immediately after washing, we shook of the excess water and placed them in coolers for storage in the refrigerator. The lettuce could stay in there for up to ten days without going bad.
I cannot express how rewarding it feels to finally be able to harvest. It truly makes me feel accomplished, even though the fragile lettuce frustrated me how easily it came apart and the discovery of a few cutworms was a little discouraging. Despite all of that, I love being able to produce something that others will enjoy.