Fresh Produce in Cold Months

December 12, 2012

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Many people have the incorrect notion that you can’t find fresh
vegetables and produce in the winter months that provide nutritious salads and
other main dishes. Luckily, that idea could not be farther from the truth. In
fact, many farmers are preparing right now for upcoming winter farmer’s markets
in these next few months.

Some of the most nutritious vegetables are available during the
winter and are varieties of leafy greens as well as many root vegetables.
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cauliflower, endive, kale, leeks
and lettuce are just a few of the vegetables that can be harvested in the
winter that will go great in a nutritious winter salad. Garlic, beans, beats,
chicory, carrots, turnips, radishes and many others are also available in the
winter months and have great nutritious value.

Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
broccoli and the like are especially abundant in the winter months and
especially beneficial to your health. Nicknamed “Super-Veggies” cruciferous
vegetables are extremely favorable to your health, and even have some cancer
preventing properties according to The National
Cancer Institute
. Cruciferous vegetables are classified by
their four-petaled flowers, which resemble a crucifer, or cross, hence the name
“Cruciferous.” The veggies in this family of cross-like structures are your
best bet on a nutritious choice – and they are extremely abundant in the winter
months.

To find out where you can find winter
produce near you visit Seacoast Eat Local to find your
nearest farmers market.

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