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Ready for Winter: Eating Seasonally and Locally

With the first day of winter (winter solstice) rapidly approaching (21st of December), for people living in the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, so does a slow shift of “in season” fruits and vegetables.  But just because our Sun is in its farthest south position it does not mean that eating locally should stop; there are plenty of good-for-you winter crops that are available both locally and grown in hoop houses and other other methods to extend the natural growing season. In fact, backyard hoop houses can make it seem like you moved your garden hundreds of miles to the south. Growers can count on four to six weeks of extra production in some seasons. By adding an inner layer of cover inside a hoop and picking cold-hardy varieties, people can grow right through winter — even in the coldest climates (source: motherearthnews.com).

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