Ah Winter! Sweaters, holidays and lots and lots of food. Sadly, the nearby and convenient farmer’s market closed for the season so there goes half of your sustainable food strategy. But never fear! There are still some options to try to shore up some local/sustainable points for your dining.
Join a CSA!
Many farms are still producing food in the winter months thanks to greenhouses. CSA’s have the added bonus of helping ensure farms are funded for their growing season. Check out some local farms.
One style of CSA includes a up-front investment, such as the ECO City Farms CSA for weekly produce.
For a more “à la carte” option check out the 5 a Day CSA.
For more options check out local harvest which has an excellent compilation of local CSAs.
Look at this delicious winter CSA share from a CT program
Eat your Greens!
Many greens are available later in the season than other produce. In fact, many are even sweeter.
You can always try to buy your non perishables locally – While crops might be on the slow side, canned items such as jams, pickled vegetables ect. still be available in area farmers markets, and in some of the holiday and craft markets.
Check for all-year-farmers-markets
Some farmer’s markets run all year, or switch to an indoor location.
It’s the little things that count and you can always spruce up a meal with some fresh grown herbs. Growing herbs in the window is a great money saver and in this case cuts the journey from farm to table to almost nothing!
P.S herb gardens make a pretty great and easy holiday present.
Stock up now and Save
Some foods save for months. So stock up on those apples, potatoes, onions and gourds! But be sure to store them safely & correctly.
On storing apples
On storing gourds/pumpkins
On Storing potatoes, onions, and garlic