The best thing about the vacuum bags is that the produce will last for several years in the freezer, and if you have a box freezer, you can buy everything during the summer, freeze it, and use it in the winter. Just make sure that you do some reading on how to freeze certain items. Freezing raw is not always a good thing, as some veggies, like green beans, need to be blanched before freezing, or they turn an ugly color. And always put the date on the bag, that way you can use the oldest frozen first.
Freezing can be done as a project on its own, doing 5 lbs. of beans at one time, or it can be a bag or two at a time. I like to have my husband, Robert, grill twice as much corn as we need for dinner, and then freeze what we don't eat for winter. It only takes a few minutes after dinner tonight for a quick frozen side later. Stay tuned as I continue processing my garden and my purchases from the Farmer's Markets.