Lyn has already covered winter farmer's markets, which are a great way to support local agriculture year round. Here are a few additional ways to enjoy fruits and veggies even in the winter:
- Fire up the slow cooker. After choosing up some root vegetables and other goodies at a winter farmer's market like the one at Somerville's Arts at the Armory, plug in your slow cooker, crock pot, or whatever your preferred moniker is, and in a few hours your kitchen will smell like a steaming bowl of savory goodness. Nothing like returning home from the cold to a warm chili or stew awaiting your arrival. Of course, crockpots make huge quantities of food, so come Sunday and our January swap, I'll be sharing some of this vegetarian black bean chili.
- Yes, you can! Lyn and Tara introduced me to the wonderful world of canning, and it's a great way to use up extra produce in the summer months so you can enjoy the freshness of tomatoes or strawberries year round. Obviously this takes some pre-planning but it's definitely something to keep in mind for next summer. In a previous post, Lyn shared how to make red sauce and marinara sauce from fresh tomatoes - yum!
- Get your grill on. Yes, I know it's too cold to grill on the patio, but a friend recently gave me a small indoor grill which I can't wait to try. It should be a nice change from slowcooked veggies, as those can start to taste the same after awhile if you don't change up the seasonings.
Fellow swappers, so you have other suggestions on cooking your way through cold New England winters? How do you get creative with local produce this time of year? Do tell!
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