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How to Eat Local in the Winter
Posted By Annie B. Bond On February 25, 2009 @ 12:08 pm In Green Living, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | 1 Comment
Are carrots and turnips getting a bit old? What to eat?! It sure is tempting to reach for artichokes and avocados instead, but out-of-season produce is an extravagance because it is so energy-intensive to transport  to your kitchen.
Eating frozen fruits and vegetables and local root cellar fare is your very best bet during the winter months. While keeping foods frozen in transport is also energy-intensive , you can sidestep that issue and still get more veggie variety in the winter by eating frozen food that’s packaged yourself or from local producers.
Frozen local foods retain much of their nutritional content, in addition to cutting energy costs in transportation. Full freezers are much more energy-efficient than sparsely filled ones, so pack them full during the harvest and enjoy the produce all year.
I recently took such pleasure in making a smoothie using organic strawberries I froze myself last year from some I bought at the farmers market. I made the smoothie in the middle of a snowstorm.
If you didn’t take advantage of freezing your local produce last harvest season, plan for next year.
Here are some tips to help you buy more local foods in the winter:
In the meantime, root cellar and cold storage fare include beets, cabbage, carrots, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, turnips, and winter squash . Take a new look at these staples and try some new recipes  and interesting ways to spice up veggies  to renew your interest.
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 energy-intensive to transport: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Experts-Say-Eat-Local-for-Health-Planet-and-Wallet.html
 keeping foods frozen in transport is also energy-intensive: http://blog.gaiam.com— packaged yourself or from local producers —
 BPA in their lining: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/04/bpa-danger-from-cans.php
 American Frozen Food Institute: http://www.affi.com/
 Food Institute: http://www.foodinstitute.com/
 winter squash: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Squash-Is-Superfood-4-Yummy-Recipes.html
 try some new recipes: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Healthy-Eating.html
 interesting ways to spice up veggies: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Kick-Up-the-Flavor-on-Vegetables.html
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