The Locavore in Winter

The Locavore in Winter

Food & Drink

The Locavore in Winter


By Cari Martens

There’s no getting around it. Eating local sounds great from May to October, but if you live in the Midwest or Northeast, eating as a full-on locavore can be a daunting challenge during the dark, cold winter months.

Writing for the Huffington Post, Johanna Smith offers a few ideas. Paying a December visit to her local farmer’s market (in the northeastern U.S.) she discovered a plethora of potato choices and a surprising array of other root vegetable varieties, as well as several kinds of greens, local fish, meat and eggs.

If you enjoy root veggies like rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, burdock root and salsify…or greens such as mustard greens, collard greens, and kale, you may be able to be a locally-disposed eater—a person who eats local foods as much as possible. If you live within a reasonable distance from lakes or rivers, there may be local fish available year-round.

Of course, other wintertime options include dining on foods from the summer that you froze or canned— if you’re the resourceful type who found time to do that sort of thing.

The point is, you don’t have to feel guilty if you’re not a 100% locavore during the long cold months of winter. Give it your best shot and remember, spring will be here in just a few weeks. Right?

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