The sight of insects or worms can be unnerving if you aren't used to seeing them in your produce. Grocery store produce has been washed throughly and is often sterile. Whereas local produce will have a bit more, shall I say... character.
This week in my local veggies, cabbage worms (caterpillars) greeted me. Upon seeing them, I gave thanks that my farmer wasn't using chemicals to fight the bad guys. I could fight them in the sink.
I texted several of my friends, warning them about the crawlies, and encouraged them to eat the broccoli soon.
One friend texted back with sage wisdom. In the event you find crawlies in your veggies this summer I'll share her words. She said, "Mom used to soak veggies in a sink of salt water which would make the worms crawl to the top."
Makes sense to me. And I tried it - it works. Once visible, I flicked 'em back in the water where they died. Soaking in salt water is a bit more laborious than just picking and squishing. But if squishing gives you the jeebies then try salt water.