Eat Seasonally and Buy Locally for Resilience

Brr! The Winter season may bring short cold days and fewer fresh fruits and vegetables grown on local farms, but cold storage staples such as carrots, onions and squash keep seasonal eaters enjoying local/regional produce even during the off-season. Thanks to greenhouse technology, indoor growers now provide fresh greens, tomatoes, herbs, and more throughout the winter season. Adjusting your expectations, recipes and diet to eat with the seasons and enjoy what’s available locally, enhances personal and community resilience. Here’s a list of local food sources:

  • Weekly deliveries from Kraay’s Market & Garden in Bellevue offers weekly delivery of local foods. Offering products from more than 45 regional vendors including Hangar Bread, Wood River Ranch Beef and CK’s Real Food, Kraay’s is a convenient way to get high-quality local foods delivered to your door.
  • At NourishMe in Ketchum, is a great source if you can find locally grown fruits and veggies along with local dairy, eggs and meat from small regional producers including Elkhorn Ranch South in Mackay, Prairie Sun Farms in Fairfield, and Agrarian Harvest in Buhl. Every Tuesday, Waterwheel Garden makes the journey from Emmett, Idaho, with its van full of cold-storage apples, pears, plums, juices, jams, and jellies.
  • Atkinsons’ Market now offers one of the largest selections of locally produced foods in the Wood River Valley. Purchase farm-fresh goods like organic, dried beans from Sunset Butte, onions from King’s Crown Organic, Picabo Desert Farm in Richfield, and Desert Mountain Grass-Fed Beef from the lush pastures of Idaho.

Winter serves as a great reminder of how choosing to eat locally supports the resilience of people and communities, benefiting our environment, economy, and personal health. For complete listings of local food, please visit our Food Guide: http://localfoodalliance.org/food-guide!

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