to keep it fresh, freeze it, not in a frig, and if you dont have a temp regulated
room for storing it. to dry the leaves my aunt (she grew it in sw WI) would
leaves in slat houses all winter, sometime in January there would be a thaw the
leaves would absorb enough moisture so they could be crated and shipped so we
called the Jan thaw "casing weather"
Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago