How Can I Eat Locally in the Winter?
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How Can I Eat Locally in the Winter?

Green expert Sara Snow tells you how to eat locally all winter.

Q. Eating locally was easier in the summer. Now that it's colder, what do I do?

A. Not all farmers' markets go into hibernation when temperatures drop. Log on to to find one near you that operates year-round. Stock up on fresh winter veggies (beets, kale, winter squash, leeks, and parsnips, for example) as well as greenhouse-grown produce. While you're there, look for frozen goods; many vendors freeze their spring and summer produce at the peak of its ripeness. No farmers' market close by? Head to the frozen-foods section of your grocery store. The produce there often has more nutrients than a "fresh" vegetable that has traveled across the country to get to your supermarket.


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2010.