How to Buy Fresh Produce for Fall and Winter

Shopper in Farmers Market

Buying fresh produce as opposed to produce that is out of season is always the best option when possible. Fresh, locally grown vegetables can have up to three times as many nutrients as vegetables that are out of season and/or have been shipped thousands of miles to arrive at your local grocery store. Additionally, buying fresh, locally grown produce is significantly cheaper than buying vegetables out of season.

Thankfully, it is not hard to find freshly grown, local produce no matter where you live. Most cities have a local farmer's market and/or community garden where you can buy local produce. Supermarkets and grocery stores may sell fresh, local produce; you just have to know what you're looking for. Alternatively, you can even grow your own vegetables during the fall and winter if you live down south or have a greenhouse.

There are many vegetables that are in season during the fall and winter. Generally speaking, produce that ripens from October to December includes carrots, radishes, pumpkins, eggplant broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and different types of lettuce. Vegetables that are in season from January to March are cabbage, leeks, cauliflower, squash, potatoes, broccoli and kale.

No matter what vegetables you do or don't like, you are sure to find something fresh to suit your tastes throughout the fall and winter months. What is more, you can even experiment with preparing fresh vegetables in different ways to find new favorite dishes. Buying fresh saves you money, ensures that your food contains less chemicals and preservatives than it would otherwise and enables you to get the most nutritional value from your meals.


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