How do I eat local food during the winter?
Meat, milk, seafood, eggs, cheese, honey and Virginia-grown and milled whole grain flours are great local food options in the winter. Or buy some specialty products like salsa that have used the bounty of the growing season. Use the many regional food guides for locating these products.
A barrier to eating local food is access to local food during winter months. During peak season you can get a great price on bulk produce. If you plan ahead you can have local foods year-round by canning, freezing, storing in oil, and pickling among other fun methods. Browse the links below to find tips on how to eat more local food.
How To’s on Food Preservation:
Not sure how to preserve your food? There is plenty of help.
- Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension
- Pick Your Own (very thorough home-canning information)
- Ball Corporation Canning Guide
- Penn State Extension, Food Preservation
- National Center for Home Food Preservation (Resources for starting you own food preservation business)
- Virginia Community Canneries (Do you have extras from your gardens? A local cannery can help you put it up)
- Virginia Chutney Company (sells southern-style sweet chutneys made from local ingredients)
- Homegrown Virginia (A local food distribution company)