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In Season: The Season’s Finest Produce

Winter is far from the “off-season” when it comes to produce: It’s just a matter of what’s grown where and when. The in-season fruits and vegetables of winter’s months are not only delicious but also packed with vitamins and antioxidants—making them just as essential to a healthy meal plan as summer’s bounty. Here are a few favorite winter gems from our local partners.

Cut Butternut Squash

Similar to the taste of sweet potato, butternut squash is sweet, moist and nutty while providing more servings than most other squash varieties. Versatility is the name of the game with butternut squash— puree into soup, add chunks to stew, enjoy it simply roasted, or incorporate into salad, pasta and risotto. Butternut Squash is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber, potassium and magnesium.

 

Local Partners

Plainville Farm,
South Hadley, MA
http://plainvillefarm.yolasite.com/

 

Paquette Farm,
Shrewsbury, MA
https://www.paquettefarm.com/

 

Chumutka Farm,
Whately, MA

 

Parsnips

Parsnip is a unassuming root vegetable with a lot to offer. Enjoyed raw, its starchy, spicy sweet flavor is reminiscent of nutmeg. If cooking prior to eating, peel or scrape parsnips before boiling, steaming or microwaving. As a tasty side dish to complement your main dish, roast, stew or sauté parsnips. For amazing aroma, add them to homemade chicken stock. High in the antioxidant vitamin C, parsnips are also a great source of folate and vitamin K.

 

Local Partner

Manheim Farm,
Whatley, MA
https://manheimfarm.wixsite.com/manheimfarm

 

Lettuce (Green Leaf, Romaine, Butter)

These delicate greens are grouped under a larger category of salad greens. Varieties run from almost no flavor to peppery. You can always eat lettuce raw as the bed of bold-flavored salads, but get creative! Wilt leaves in pasta dishes, add to gratin recipes or blend into dipping spreads. Lettuce is great to help keep you hydrated, since they are made up of 95% water. Green Leaf, Romaine and Butter are also good sources of vitamins K and A.

 

Local Partners

Little Leaf Farms,
Devens, MA
https://www.littleleaffarms.com/

 

Gotham Greens,
Providence, RI
https://www.gothamgreens.com/

 

H20 Farms,
Guilford, CT
http://www.h2o-farm.com/