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What to Eat This Winter

Enjoy the Season's Freshest Foods

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TINYTONI4

1/13/2014 7:14:57 PM

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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.

GIBSONVK

12/15/2013 12:59:23 PM

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.

FANCYQTR

12/15/2013 12:48:20 PM

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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.

SEAWAVE

12/14/2013 6:54:26 AM

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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!

BLAIRWT

1/29/2012 1:08:00 AM

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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!

CAMELSAMBA

1/15/2012 4:56:51 PM

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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.

JOBEIBI

12/21/2011 3:58:58 PM

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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.

AZURE-SKY

12/21/2011 3:47:30 PM

Sadly the author ignored the benefits of frozen vegetables. Many frozen vegetables are picked at prime ripeness and frozen immediately, retaining all the nutrients, as opposed to fresh produce that sits on the supermarket display cases or produce stands for days, losing many nutrients. Studies have shown that frozen vegetables are as good as or sometimes better quality than what you find in stores.

I've been to some farmer's markets in the summer where the produce is overripe or rotting on the stands because of the heat. I've seen green beans at the farmer's market that are completely limp, bruised and shriveled green peppers, cucumbers & tomatoes, corn on the cob that is completely dried out - when I can get fresher & better quality produce at my local Walmart or supermarket or Costco - they keep the produce refrigerated. 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.

AZURE-SKY

12/21/2011 3:47:29 PM

Sadly the author ignored the benefits of frozen vegetables. Many frozen vegetables are picked at prime ripeness and frozen immediately, retaining all the nutrients, as opposed to fresh produce that sits on the supermarket display cases or produce stands for days, losing many nutrients. Studies have shown that frozen vegetables are as good as or sometimes better quality than what you find in stores.

I've been to some farmer's markets in the summer where the produce is overripe or rotting on the stands because of the heat. I've seen green beans at the farmer's market that are completely limp, bruised and shriveled green peppers, cucumbers & tomatoes, corn on the cob that is completely dried out - when I can get fresher & better quality produce at my local Walmart or supermarket or Costco - they keep the produce refrigerated. 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.

WALKZWDOGZ

10/29/2010 1:39:45 PM

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Parsnips! Underrated but at their best in cold weather.

I love the idea of Farmer's Markets, but they're often not in my budget. I do try to buy in-season & freeze though. Winter squash, yams & apples from farms keep well through most of winter. I grow sprouts on counter for fresh "greens" too.

JIBBIE49

6/3/2008 1:01:01 AM

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Great article.

SENARA

1/19/2008 11:07:48 AM

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Being in the frozen northlands winter veggies are nearly non-existant...my solution. Buy the end of our growing season (september/october) and freeze or can what I am able to buy fresh. Not only do I get the great local pricing, but I get those summer flavors in the dead of winter.

CHERYL002

1/8/2008 8:46:51 AM

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Down south, we also have collards, brussel sprouts, borccoli and cabbagge growing. My garden is bursting with fresh produce! Don't forget the greens on the turnips either.

MIFFLIN

1/5/2008 11:55:26 AM

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Be SURE to cut slits in those chestnuts before roasting! Otherwise the trapped steam makes them explode in a huge mess in the oven, and then they can still explode all over the stove and the kitchen after you take them out! (voice of experience! .. and still love chestnuts!)

100MILLBUTRFLYS

1/3/2008 4:24:43 PM

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I try to eat fruits and veggies that are in season, it's also more cost effective that way when you buy fresh. Though Frozen veggies are just as good , and i know my kids and husband will eat them.

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