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March 2018

5 Ways To Eat Local During Cold Weather

Keeping our diet full of fresh, local foods can be a challenge during the colder months. Thankfully, you can still embrace what your local region has to offer even when the temperature is freezing outside. 

1. Strive to Eat Seasonal Vegetables and Fruits

Some of Ontario’s finest are plentiful this time of year. Dark leafy greens (particularly collards, kale and brussel sprouts) are some of the hardiest winter vegetables, and extremely nutritious. Other great fall/winter produce include root vegetables (turnip, rutabaga and parsnips), apples, beets, potatoes, and rhubarb.

2. Join a CSA

If your local farmers’ market is closed during the colder months, consider signing up for a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is becoming an increasingly popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from farmers in your area. Check out this handy tool for finding year-round farmers markets all over Ontario HERE.

3. Keep your eyes peeled while shopping

Many grocery stores stock food products made by local vendors that are available year-round. This includes items such as locally-produced spreads, pickled foods, dairy, poultry, eggs, bread and fruit preserves.

4. Grow herbs indoors.

You don’t need a green thumb to grow fresh herbs on your windowsill all year long. All you need are some small pots, potting soil and your choice of seeds. Most seed packs come with detailed instructions on how to grow them.

5. Freeze and preserve summer fruits and vegetables.

Canning and freezing produce at peak ripeness is one of the best ways to enrich your year-round diet. A beginner’s guide to canning can be found here. It’s not as intimidating as you may think and can be fun for the whole family to get involved in.

Author: Theresa Laird, Ontario mom of 2 & lover of food