We know that we have quite a local food following, and for many of us it is important to eat local food for the impact not only on our health but also on the environment.
Growing your own food, stopping by farm stands, visiting the farmers’ market, or subscribing to a CSA keeps most of us stocked with local food from spring through fall. But what can we expect to find in the winter?
Since this is our last issue of the year, we wanted to leave you hopeful that local food can be found even after VegOut is hibernating for the winter.
Where to find it?
Local CSAs offering a winter share:
Field Goods: offers different size subscriptions of local produce from small farms delivered weekly to community locations. Customers receive 6-8 different types of fresh fruit and vegetables each week, often including one or two flash frozen items in the winter. Subscriptions can be started or cancelled any time (or placed on hold). The weekly newsletter “In the Bag,” offers helpful tips and recipes for that week’s selection of produce. They already have pick up locations in Katonah and Bedford Hills, and you can establish a new site with 5 subscriptions.
Farmigo: an “online farmers’ market.” You can shop online for local food and pick up at local delivery sites. They “source 95% or more” of their food “from from farmers and artisans that are located within a day’s drive of our Communities.” There doesn’t seem to be a “box subscription,” so you can choose exactly what you want and pick it up at a community location weekly. We know of a pick up location in Bedford Hills, and a new location can be established with 10 orders.
MyFarmShare.com: a CSA delivered to your door. You can get a 5 box or 9 box winter share. Westchester deliveries are on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Local winter farmers’ markets
The Mount Kisco Indoor Farmers’ Market returns to St. Mary’s Church in downtown Mount Kisco on Saturdays from 9-1, Winter 2015 (according to their Facebook Page).
Gosset Brothers Nursery, 1202 Route 35 in South Salem, has a year round market on Saturdays from 9-1.
Pleasantville moves their farmers market indoors to the Pleasantville Middle School 9-1 on Saturdays after November 21.
Stone Barns Winter Market begins in December and is open once a month on Saturdays, 10-4, inside the Hay Barn.
Grow your own
Of course, if you had a plentiful harvest this year, you might be able to store a lot for the coming winter yourself, especially if you have a root cellar or take some time to freeze, preserve, or pickle!
If you are interested in hydroponic, indoor gardening, Delicious Gardens, in Bedford Hills, can help you get started.
What will we find?
Through the winter, the local food available will mostly be storage crops and hearty greens. Of course, all winter you will also find local meats, dairy, eggs, honey, and items that have been canned, preserved, or frozen. There are always local wine and ciders, too.
Storage crops: apples, pears, onions, potatoes, turnips, all kinds of squash, carrots, pumpkins, garlic, winter radishes, beets, celeriac, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, daikon, etc.
Greens: cold hearty field greens, kale, collards, chard, radicchio, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard, herbs, and greenhouse grown greens and shoots
After January you will see more of the stored items than the greens, and by April you will have greenhouse and field grown greens like mesclun and cooking greens, baby kale, mizzen, mustards, bok choi, Swiss chard, etc.
Since winter local food means a lot of root vegetables, be sure to check out our root vegetable recipes!