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Guide to Winter Produce

on December 6, 2012

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Enjoy the benefits of eating fresh with your family by eating local, in-season, and organic produce.  Purchasing local and in-season fruits and vegetables is healthier and beneficial for the whole family. Unfortunately, fruits and veggies that are shipped from different locations can spend between seven to fourteen days in transit before arriving. Local produce is usually sold right after it’s picked. Therefore, it has more nutrients and the full  flavor than produce purchased in the supermarket. It is also easy on the wallet and you’ll be supporting the local economy. When produce is in-season locally, it is less expensive and tastier too!

Now, are you wondering what produce is in-season during the winter? Let’s keep our families eating fresh all winter long with our little guide. Not only will we keep our families healthy, but this will be a good opportunity to try some delicious seasonal recipes!

Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are resistant to frost. They thrive in the Northeast region and provide a good source of Vitamin A, C, and potassium.

Cabbage: Cabbage prefers a cool and moist growing season. Locally grown cabbage can be found throughout the winter season. Cabbage can actually remain fresh for up to four months! It’s great in soups or salads.

Winter Squash: Winter Squash thrives in the cold as long as given enough moisture. It’s a good source of fiber and contains more beta-carotene and several B vitamins than summer squash.

Kale: Kale grows well in the winter. Kale is actually one of the healthiest vegetables. Kale’s an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K.  It’s also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, and iron.

Turnips: Turnips can be found all-year but best in the winter months. Turnips are a low-calorie root vegetable. They are a very good source of anti-oxidants, rich in vitamin C, and calcium.

Carrots:  Carrots are rich in carotene and vitamin-A, fiber, potassium, and thiamine. They are excellent for the eyes and skin.

Onions: Onions are great to flavor all sorts of dishes. Yesterday, we even featured onions to help treat colds.  Onions are rich in vitamin C and fiber. To maximize the health benefits of an onion peel off as little of the fleshy, edible portion when removing the onion’s outermost paper layer.

Potatoes:  Potatoes are a cool-season vegetable. It is high in potassium, full of vitamin C, and a good source of iron and copper.  Keep potatoes stored in a cool garage or basement for longer storage.

*Crop availability ranges depending on location.

Source: Organicliaison.com, Eatwellguide.com

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