Remember those later summer months, when you had more fresh, local tomatoes, mouth-watering fruit and berries, and succulent homegrown herbs than you knew what to do with? During the winter months, the fresh, local food scene can seem as barren as leafless trees, but there are cold-weather ways to satiate your hunger for a planet-friendly, locally grown diet:
• Look into “winter box” options from Community Supported Agriculture sources: As the regular season of my organic CSA membership drew to a close this fall, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could also opt to receive a box every two weeks throughout the winter! Between squash and cold-storage rooms, late fall crops and two greenhouses, my CSA is still rolling out turnips, cabbage, potatoes, squash, radishes, beets, carrots, sauerkraut, spinach, cress, kale and more. Find a CSA near you here.
• Go beyond fruits and veggies: Look into small-scale local farms that specialize in grass-fed or organic meats, seafood, cheeses or specialty canned goods, such as jams, chutneys, and jarred veggies. Many of your local farms operate year-round, offering high quality and eco-friendly food for you and your family.
• Grow herbs and greens in your kitchen: You can’t get more local than growing your food in the same room where you’ll be preparing it! Products like Johnny's Selected Seeds BIOSET Kitchen Salad Garden Kit, the AeroGarden, and other space-saving indoor gardening tools allow you to grow fresh greens and more right in your kitchen. And, of course, herbs grow great any time of year in a window sill, bringing a little green into your home, even in the dark of winter.