Local Beet’s Guide to Winter Eating – UPDATED

November 22, 2009 at 8:54 am

Here at the Local Beet, as much as we enjoy some late warm weather, we worry about the state of our apples.  We are well into preparing for winter eating, local style.  We have prepared a variety of resources for you for the colder times.  In addition, we will be adding new materials in coming weeks to help you cope.  Not only cope through winter but through the three stages of winter eating [new].  

Each week we publish a Local Calendar highlighting winter markets and other ways and means to live the local lifestyle.  The latest Local Calendar is here

The Local Calendar highlights winter markets that change week to week.  On a regular basis, you will always be able to find local food during the winter at Cassie’s Green Grocer and the Downtown Famstand.  Green City Market and Geneva have year round farmer’s markets.  Further out west than Geneva, Heritage Prarie Market also has local foods all winter.  There will be a winter market at the Chicago Botanical Gardens on December 6 and 20 plus January 3, 2010.  Irv and Shelly have a virtual farmer’s market year round, always with something local.   A couple more places you should be able to find local foods in the the cold are the Dill Pickle Coop in Logan Square and Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park.

Keys to cold weather eating

A list of winter food recipes

Look to the Local Family and the Sustainable Cook for insight on how they manage to stay local.  

Here’s a list of foods to put in storage.

Build your own root cellar.

Our listing of Fall/Winter CSAs

Making the Most of the Seasonal Bounty

Composting through winter

Bloggers from around the country taking a “Dark Days Challenge“, and in Kansas City, they are encouraging everyone to eat local for the holidays.

Please tell us what other resources you need for winter.