Let’s Get Seasonal!

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As we unveil our local produce box program, bringing you a box full of local produce each week, one question keeps coming up: What happens in the winter?

It is easy to grow accustomed to the idea that local produce is only available in the spring and summer. Many revert back to Californian greenhouse tomatoes and Chinese cucumbers, thinking it’s just that time of year when ‘local’ doesn’t exist. Now, this may be true for items such as citrus, avocado, and banana which are grown in more tropical climates, yet there are plenty of local food options to sustain us year-round. Some of what is available in winter may be produce that stores well, while other items grow year round. No matter the season, delicious and nutritious local food can be found and enjoyed.

So, what’s locally available in the winter months? (to name a few):

  • Potatoes: They are full of the good things your body needs to be sustained

through the winter. On top of that, they have a wonderful shelf life!

  • Pears
  • Apples: Although the apple picking season only lasts until November,

apples store well and, thus, can be a crop that’s available from July to March.

  • Carrots: Another good storage veggie, carrots can be made available year round.
  • Onions, Leeks, Garlic, and Shallots: These can be cured and stored throughout the winter
  • Winter Squash
  • Mushrooms: wild harvested from Saltspring Island
  • Kohlrabi
  • Celeriac
  • Peashoots, sunflower sprouts, mungbeans and lentils
  • Beets
  • Asian greens
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Arugula
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Chard
  • Kiwis
  • Nuts (please ask if you would like nuts in your box)
  • Nettles
  • Endives
  • Raddichio
  • Winter Lettuces
  • Rapini
  • Broccoli
  • Kales
  • Cabbage

Research suggests that, in the winter our bodies need those carbohydrates and nutrients found in winter vegetables and hearty greens more than in the summer months. Therefore, eating what’s in season can be best for everyone involved, from the farmer to the consumer!

Our box program will be running year-round, and through getting a box each week, you will be learning how to eat seasonally! What could be more exciting than that?! We will also be including recipe suggestions each week, which can be found here!

 

For more info about what is seasonal for our climate, check out these handy sites:

http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/fresh-market/subpage/bc-winter-markets-2013-2014

mgabc.org  

 

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