Reservations about where some of these acts and announcements will end up notwithstanding, I’m glad to see these six things taking shape. Let’s hope this momentum builds. Bittman points out that there are now 6,000+ farmers markets nationwide (up from 1,755 in 1994) — and, 898 run during the winter. We’ve been lucky to have a winter market for the last two years and I’m glad to see these numbers show up nationwide.
Winter marketing is admittedly hard. But the thing is, it gets much easier once you get into the rhythm. Last year, we paired that with a CSA to get through most of the winter with local, seasonal food. We did pretty good, but really it’s this year that we’ve committed to the local food at a far more radical level. It took a lot of planning ahead to find ways of cooking with winter season veg and to find ways of packing away what we could from our summer garden.
The learning curve has been steep: but it’s now been nearly a year of sourcing our meat, veg, and now dairy from farmers we know. Knowing where the food is coming from and how to use it never felt so good. Not that I’m not counting the days till something green starts showing up!