Written by Carolyn Goodwin
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:12
This is the second installment in a series of answers to interesting queries we receive at
. Send us your local-food question; we'll answer all that we receive, and the answers might also appear in future Sound Food newsletters.
Q: Where can I find locally grown food in the winter?
A: Farmers are still coaxing food out of the ground, even after the Big Chill of late November. Rebecca Slattery from Persephone Farm picked Brussels sprouts in the snow, and packed her CSA boxes by flashlight. But she still delivered all of her Thanksgiving orders (read more about it here). Several local farmers are soldiering on into the winter.
Outlets for local food are few during the winter; that's one of the gaps in the food network that Sound Food is working on. For now, here are a few of the ways you can connect to local food during the dark days ahead:
Winter Farmers' Market:
There are two more Saturday farmers' markets in downtown Winslow this year, on December 11 and the 18th. This is an opportunity to stock up on storage vegetables like potatoes, onions, garlic and squash which will last for several months in a cool but not freezing storage space. Farmhouse Organics will offer special stock-up deals on potatoes and winter squash. Betsey Wittick of Laughing Crow Farm will be there with Bainbridge Island Vineyards wine, garlic, garlic braids, onions, cippolini onions, cabbage, lots of kinds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and kale. Rebecca Slattery (pictured here) from Persephone Farm will bring squash, leeks, greens, garlic and more. The Winter Market is open from 10 am to 3 pm at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church at Winslow Way and Madison.
CSA's and custom orders
There are a few CSA programs that go into the winter and start up again early in the spring.
- Butler Green Farm's CSA is still open every Tuesday for CSA pickups. Yesterday they were offering fresh salad greens, beets, squash, bok choy, eggs, kale, and meat in the freezer. You can join this CSA at any time, see their website for details. The CSA usually does shut down during late December and January, but opens at least for salad greens early in the new year.
- Anne and Peter of Farmhouse Organics will do their best to fill custom orders for pickup from the farm, and they always keep their CSA going as long as possible.
- Check with other CSA's to see when they plan to start up again in the spring.
If any of you are aware of other winter sources for local food, send us a note at
and we'll update this article on our website!
- Pane d'Amore in Lynwood Center has fresh Island eggs (both chicken and duck), and produce from Tani Creek Farm. You'll also find fresh-baked bread, local cheeses (including Mystery Bay Farm covered in previous article) and regional dairy products like Golden Glen (try their farmhouse butter) and Dungeness Valley.
- Real Foods in downtown Bainbridge carries dairy products from Golden Glen and Dungeness Valley, and local produce when available.
- Fresh Local in downtown Bremerton carries local dairy, baked goods (awesome bagels from a local baker), plus a great selection of local meats.
- Take a day trip to Chimacum, just across the Hood Canal Bridge. There's a new "Chimacum Corners Market" at the 4-way stop at Hwy 19 and Chimacum-Hadlock Road with a good selection of produce, cheese and meat, and you can also find fresh produce every day at Red Dog Farm's farmstand.