Market Watch: Winter Produce

by in Farmers' Market Finds, February 21, 2012
winter produce
Winter CSA shares can provide fresh, local produce, even in the dead of winter.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on local produce. Eating locally year round is easier if you live in California or Florida but here’s how I do it in Connecticut.

Farmers Markets Finds
Farmers are extra good at holding on to their harvests. If you didn’t turn your own summer bounty into a winter-friendly form, stop by a local farm or winter market to find baked goods, pickles, honey, jams and relish.

Produce from Storage
Hearty items like apples, potatoes, winter squash and carrots are often available from farm storage deep into winter. Farmers use special methods and temperature-controlled storage cellars to keep foods fresh for months, when they would only last weeks (tops) in a home kitchen.

Pear & Apple Muffins
Butternut Squash Foccacia

Still Growing
Many farms are still able to grow lettuce, arugula, leeks, herbs and winter greens like Swiss chard and kale in year-round greenhouses.

Sauteed Kale
Swiss Chard Recipes
Prosciutto with Pears and Arugula

Hooray for CSA
My local farm offers a winter CSA program. Just this week the box was filled with fresh lettuce, apples, cilantro, Swiss chard, mizuna and gorgeous French breakfast radishes.

Vegetable Cream Cheese
Cilantro Recipes
Salad With Apples and Mizuna

Tell Us: What local produce do you savor this time of year?

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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