Day 334–What’s Fresh at the Market


turnips (Photo credit: Joanna C Dobson)

Our farmer’s markets are definitely in winter mode. At the NC Farmer’s Market, many farmers who feature summer crops are gone and have been replaced with Christmas tree and firewood vendors. Our weekend markets have reduced their hours because, really, who wants to get outside at 8am when it is 30 degrees outside to score some fresh kale. Not me, that’s who. Even though the markets have lost their summer bounty and a bit of their festive air, they are still full of goodness!

Here is what is available now at central NC markets:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Turnips (and turnip greens!)
  • Beets (and beet greens!)
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Lettuce
  • Greenhouse tomatoes
  • Rutabegas
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Pumpkins
  • Butternut squash
  • Acorn squash
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Pecans
  • Apples
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  1. I have a winter squash that won’t be a pretty decoration much longer. I need to use it. Thoughts?

    • Depending on how big it is, this might work–we have some butternut squash that is hanging around amd I’m going to roast them and stuff them with cooked local sausage, onions, peppers and bread crumbs. Maybe cheese, too 🙂 if it’s pumpkin size, that won’t work, but I like squash soup (although I am alone in that).

  2. This list makes me want winter vegetables…especially squash and sweet potatoes. Crisp and refreshing blog you have!

    • We definitely have lots of both. It’s been a mild winter here overall, so our farmers are doing very well!

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