It’s never too Cold for Veggie Tales

Winter 2013

Baby, it's cold outside. But chilly temps don't stop veggies from growing underneath the frigid ground. In fact, there are numerous seasonal vegetables that are cultivated during the winter months.

Below is a list of what to look for in grocery stores and farmer's markets. Stock up on winter veggies and fruits! Each option is linked to delicious recipes. 

· Brussels Sprouts should be firm and compact, with bright green heads. High in vitamin C.

· Collard Greens come in bunches and should have dark green leaves, with no yellowing. Good source of calcium and fiber.

· Dates should be shiny, uniformly colored and intact, and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a year. Contain antioxidants and are high in potassium and fiber.

· Leeks should be firm, crisp stalks with as much white and light green sections as possible. Leeks are a member of the onion family, but have a sweeter, subtler flavor and can be eaten raw or cooked.

· Persimmons are smooth, brightly colored, plump, glossy and well rounded. An excellent source of fiber.

· Sweet Potatoes should be firm, small-to-medium sized with smooth skin. High in vitamins A and C.

· Turnips come in all shapes and colors; small to medium ones are sweetest. They may be eaten raw or cooked and are a good source of vitamin C.

Yearlong Farmer Markets

Chicago has several yearlong farmers market where you can find locally grown winter vegetables and other treats.

· Green City Market

· Andersonville Green Market

· Logan Square Farmer's Market

· Faith in Place Winter Farmer's Market