Where Do You Shop for Fruits and Vegetables in the Wintertime?

Where Do You Shop for Fruits and Vegetables in the Wintertime?

Faith Durand
Jan 19, 2012

Winter vegetables can be delightful — squash, bitter greens (see how well they play together in Sara Kate's pasta with loads of yummy winter vegetables, a welcome recipe for winter cooking). But we are curious: Where do you shop for your fruits and vegetables in the cold months? Do you live in California, where you can have oranges and avocados all winter long? Or do you conscientiously eat only rutabaga and ice spinach three months out of the year?

I should be clear: There's no judgment here, either way. Personally, I order some vegetables from a local farm (they grow in a greenhouse) and others come from my local coop — mostly local, but some flown in from remote places. And then there are the aberrations, like when I was working on a melon story for a magazine. It will run in June, but it meant I was buying anemic cantaloupe at the grocery store in December!

So it's always a mix of sources. I am jealous of those with year-round winter markets or full-blown outdoor markets (with citrus! and green things!).

It made me curious about you, our readers. How do you approach winter where you live? Do you give up on much fresh produce until it's back in season? Do you eat strictly locally? Do you just buy what you like at the grocery? Or a mix of the two?

Related: Kale To Citrus: Eating Seasonally in the East and the West

(Images: Emily Ho; Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan)

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