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Eating locally all winter long

It’s easy being green in the summer. Eating locally is the single most effective way to reduce your carbon footprint, and when the weather is fine you can easily get everything you need from your own garden or a local farm. But now there’s a chill in the air, and the Farmers’ Market closes for the season in a couple of weeks. How can you keep your local food streak alive?

Thanks to our mild Northwest climate, and to the ingenuity and hard work of local farmers, the Puget Sound harvest season extends well into the winter months. The Farmers’ Market will be open an extra week this year – October 25 is the last Saturday. And several farmers are planning to bring fresh produce to the Winter Market, which opens Saturdays starting November 22 and runs through December 20th, from 10 am to 3 pm at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (the one with the white steeple at Winslow Way and Madison).

Another option for making it through the winter is to buy direct from the farms. Several farms offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs or delivery service into early winter, and some open again in the early spring.

If you’re looking for potatoes, garlic and onions for winter storage, stop by the Laughing Crow Farm booth at the Bainbridge Farmers Market this week and sign up on Betsey’s list. Tell her how many pounds and which variety you want to put away, and sometime around Thanksgiving you’ll get a call letting you know that your order is ready for pickup. I’ve been doing this for years, and my box of German Butterball potatoes gets tucked into an unheated room in my basement. I’ve used potatoes from my winter storage as late as February.

Brian MacWhorter of Butler Green Farm is a genius at coaxing vegetables out of the ground all year round. He usually closes for the month of December, but the other 11 months of the year his CSA is open for business. I’ve picked up fresh salad greens on many frigid January afternoons. Contact Brian at his booth at the Farmers’ Market, or sign up for the CSA online at www.butlergreenfarms.com . The farm store is on Lovgreen Road, west of Hwy. 305. A full CSA share -- usually enough to keep a family of four supplied with veggies for about 6 months -- costs $500 at Butler Green. Half shares are available for two-person families, at $250.

Anne Weber from Farmhouse Organics tells me that they have a bountiful amount of produce left to harvest. Farmhouse will put together individual orders for delivery to the island well into the winter. Contact her to be added to the Farmhouse Organics email list; each week Anne sends out a list of products to choose from. For more information, contact Farmhouse Organics at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 360-394-7754.

Leapfrog Farm also has a CSA programs, and will be offering late-season shares on a limited basis. Call Christine at 360-779-6812 for more information.

Don’t let the cold weather put a chill on your efforts to eat locally. A direct connection with a local farmer can keep local foods on your table almost all year round.

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