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January 26, 2009

Eating Local in Winter: Farmers' Markets

Winter squash Depending on your region, maintaining a local diet all year long can either be a snap or a supreme challenge. This week we'll explore options for eating locally during the winter months.

Tip #1: Look for Winter Markets

Many farmers' markets go dormant during winter, but there are exceptions, such as the winter market in Portland, Maine. Use LocalHarvest or the USDA's National Agricultural Library to find a local market or CSA in your region. Expect to find cold-tolerant vegetables like potatoes, carrots, beets, rutabagaswinter squash, and onions. In some regions, greens such as kale will be available. Apples store well and are often sold at winter markets. If you can't find fresh produce, remember that local meat, eggs, and dairy are year-round foods. If you live near the coast, opt for sustainable seafood.

Share your tips: What are your strategies for finding local foods during winter?

Tip#2: Indoor Herb Gardens

Tip#3: Preserves

Tip#4: Try Local Recipes

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