WHAT’S FRESH • WHAT’S LOCAL
There is an abundance of reasons to eat local produce. When you eat locally, you support your community, minimize your packaging use, reduce your environmental impact, and best of all, you enjoy fresher, tastier grub. Luckily for us, the Hudson Valley is abundant in fruits and vegetables year-round.
Winter may look monochromatic at first glance. But in reality, the season bring us vibrant local options. Here is what’s fresh and local in the Hudson Valley this winter:
Apples • Beans • Beets • Collard Greens • Cranberries • Escarole • Fennel • Horseradish • Leeks • Onions • Parsnips • Pears • Rutabaga • Shallot • Winter Squash
Storage crops are a vital addition to the winter repertoire. As farmers in the Hudson Valley embrace the cold and attend winter farmer’s markets, they bring with them a variety of storage crops that uphold nutritional and culinary integrity. Here are some particularly delicious storage crops to look out for:
Cabbage • Carrots • Butternut Squash • Delicata Squash • Garlic • Kohlrabi • Potatoes • Sweet Dumpling Squash • Spaghetti Squash • Sweet Potatoes • Turnips
Even in the dead of winter, local farmer’s markets are open and ready to provide the food that sustains us. Here are some Hudson Valley farmer’s markets and farm stands to visit this winter:
City of Rochester Public Market
And don’t forget about winter CSA’s! These Hudson Valley farms have lovers of fresh produce covered:
This story was originally published in November of 2020.