It\’s not just a passing trend. Not only is it good for you, eating seasonal produce is good for the environment. By minimizing what you consume and removing yourself from the carbon emission cycle of mass transportation, you’re drastically reducing your carbon footprint on the planet.
Committing to eating only what’s in season can feel limiting at first, but dedicating your diet to eating local and seasonally is a promise of better tasting meals and supporting your local farmers, like yours truly.
Want to know what’s in season?
Likely everyone’s go-to root vegetable, the carrot is easily the most popular produce. Rightly so; with its beautiful array of colours and sweet taste, this beauty has a ton of nutrients and benefits. Try roasting them with your favourite herbs and spices for a warm side dish or make them the main event in a Carrot Creamed soup.
The staple at every holiday meal, Brussels sprouts are the produce that has a bad rep for being, for lack of better words than our five-year-old selves, icky. But these beauties are incredibly nutrient dense and can be delicious if cooked correctly. We love cooking them in lemon juice and butter and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. You’d be surprised how the simplest ingredients draw out the beautiful flavours of these gems.
Packed to the brim with Vitamin C, these funny looking root veggies are perfect raw for a quick snack, glazed, or baked. Want to try something a little different? Nix the traditional French fries and opt instead for some healthy, baked turnip fries. All the goodness of your favourite burger side, without the carbohydrates.
We love beets. These beautiful veggies are so vibrant in colour and wonderfully sweet with their earthy taste. These guys are a great addition to any dish and there are so many ways to enjoy them – roasted, sautéed, pureed. Careful when you’re prepping them – these babies are guaranteed to dye your hands and make everyone think you’ve been up to something suspicious.
Even though it’s available year-round, we’ve added the humble potato to our list because it’s such a staple to any meal. Baked, roasted, sautéed. And what’s more comforting than mashed potatoes and gravy, after all, with your big holiday meal? Easy to prepare, even easier to dress up, the potato is the canvas to any meal, and quite possibly the ultimate versatile root veggie.
It’s easier than you think to maintain a seasonal diet. And with Grown Here Farms, we grow only the best, organic root veggies in season for you and your loved ones.
What are your favourite winter root veggies?