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What to Eat This Winter

Enjoy the Season's Freshest Foods

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Salads have become more complicated in the winter months up in Canada, and even as early as November the tomatoes were mushy. I look for healthy looking produce snd buy what the budget allows. This year local corn was very expensive ; so its slim pickings during our growing season as well as winter.
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Thanks for listing all the vegetables and fruits available in the winter - a good way to try new freggies. Report
If this list contained all the fresh produce that was available for me to eat during the winter months, I'd starve. Only the citrus fruits have any appeal to me. I am guilty of buying some out-of-season fresh produce when it's available in my local markets, but I agree with Azure-Sky when it comes to the frozen produce. It (or low-sodium canned) is my go-to in the winter months. We have a really good farmers' market here, and the prices are easily better than most local grocery stores. It has me longing for summer! Report
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I eat peppers for the high content of vitamin C....bell peppers, sweet peppers and jalapenos, Report
I feel very blessed to live in Louisiana. We have farmers that sell produce year round from their trucks. And the Whole Foods buys from local farmers. We always have an abundance of fruits & veggies. My sister & I campare prices & she pays much more than I do, because she lives in Indiana. Report
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I'm sorry, but I disagree. I can go and feed 7 of us for a little over $1 total if I buy Ramen Noodles. If I went to get fresh veggies or fruit it would cost us almost $10 for a meal. How is that just $1.80? Maybe we're in a bad district for fresh fruits and vegetables, but still. I can also feed all of us bologna sandwiches for $2.50. I didn't say they were especially filling meals, but it is within our budget. I would love to eat even just healthier than we do now, but I don't see how we can. Prices for good nutritious food are outrageous! And no, I don't buy a bunch of junk, no chips, cookies, cakes, candy or sodas. Report
I don't think there is much of anywhere to buy local produce around here. There is one VERY expensive indoor Farmers Market, but there really isn't anywhere that has fresh fruits and vegetables locally this time of year. That Farmers Market has meat and cheese and packaged spices. During the summer we have farmers markets that charge by the pound usually more than the grocery stores and we have a store that is called a farmers market that usually has better prices on produce, but everything they have is either from some other state like California or from another country. To get something local it would have to be grown in a greenhouse. Report
I'm lucky here in Ottawa, as there are a couple of organic greenhouses that are producing salad fixings nearly year-round (including some winter months). There's nothing like a nice ripe off-the-vine tomato when there's snow on the ground! Report
I used to work at a farmer's market in Texas. The produce was the same that came to the grocery store on the truck, they just put it in rustic baskets to make it look better. Only a few things like chili peppers and watermelons, when they were in season, were actually grown locally. Be careful! Report
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Just wanted to comment on this statement: *There's no guarantee that the produce you get at farmer's markets is all grown locally, rather than bought at a distributor or supermarket, unless you know the vendors.*

It also depends on your market. Our market is "producers only", which means the vendors are required to grow or make everything they sell. The market manager visits all the farms to ensure they are legitimate operations.

Also on pricing - I once wondered about the comparative pricing. The grocery store tends to mark things by the pound, while the market is by the quart / box / whatever, which can make it seem more expensive. So I took my quart box of cherries from the FM and weighed them at home and sure enough - they were cheaper than the grocery store. I've done the same with other items and it always works out that way. Report
I've also had bad experiences with local farmers' markets, Azure Sky. I go expecting to be able to pick over fresh vegetables and get what I want, but the farmers insist that I buy their pre-packaged assortments, which usually contain at least a few less-than-desirable pieces. I'd rather take my chances at the grocery store and get what I want.

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