Holiday lights, hot chocolate, snowflakes, cozy fireplaces, winter brings a lot of things. Unfortunately, fresh produce is usually not one of them. Living on the east coast, I’m used to dealing with a short growing season for local fruits and vegetables. By December, my farmers market has shrunk to less than half it’s mid-summer size. While those of us living in colder climates may not have access to fresh-picked berries or ripe tomatoes, it’s still possible to eat fresh, local vegetables all winter long. Next time you’re at the market, grab some of these winter vegetables, all of which are full of nutrients and flavor.

Brussel Sprouts

This mini cabbage is full of cancer-fighting nutrients and antioxidants. To prepare, wash and remove the outer leaves, then slice in half. Toss the sprouts with some olive oil and spices and roast in the oven, or try one of these recipes:

Winter Squash

You’re probably familiar with butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash, but there are over 35 different varieties of this popular winter veggie, including my current obsession, delicata squash. Squash is loaded with vitamin A and potassium. Pick up a new variety and try one these tasty recipes:

Turnips and Rutabagas

While these purple and white veggies may look like potatoes, they’re actually part of the broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage family. While often overlooked in the produce aisle, they are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants and vitamins C and K. Their slightly sweet taste enhance these yummy dishes:

Sweet Potatoes

These orange-hued potatoes are full of vitamin A and potassium. Their low glycemic index means they digest slowly, and keep you full for longer. Store them in a cool, dry place outside of the refrigerator for up to two weeks, and try them in one of these recipes:


Despite it’s odd looking exterior, this winter veggie (available September through March) has a hearty texture and tasty flavor similar to celery. It will stay fresh in your fridge for up to one month. Check out these recipes featuring celeriac:


Artichokes have a mild flavor that works well in many recipes, from salads and dips to pasta and pizza. They are full of antioxidants, including vitamin C and folate. While their tough exterior can be intimidating, these recipes make artichokes accessible and simple to prepare:

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