You can eat local in November and December

Many people associate eating local produce with the summer months: the days are long, there are fresh fruits and veggies galore, and you can buy produce directly from farmers at your local farmers’ market, or at the very least at your local grocer, with little effort. However come fall, winter and spring, eating local increasingly becomes a challenge as farmers’ markets wrap up and many stores strip their shelves of local produce in favor of items imported from around the world. To help spread the word about local produce, Get Local BC has put together a seasonal produce chart (PDF) which lists what British Columbia produce is available during a given month. The following is the list of local produce available during November and December:

Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chanterelles, Chard, Garlic, Honey, Kale, Kiwis, Lobster Mushrooms,Yellow Onions, Oilseeds, Parsnips, Pears, Potatoes, Shittake Mushrooms, Spinach, Sprouts, Truffles, Winter Squash, Red Fife Wheat, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggs, Dairy Products, Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Ostrich, Pacific Halibut, Pacific Cod, Dungeness Crab, Side Strip Shrimp, Spot Prawns, Pacific Sardines, Clams, Oysters, Mussels.

Finding local produce is not as hard as you may think: this Saturday marks the start of Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market, which runs every second and fourth Saturday until the end of April at the Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street at Victoria Drive). Maybe we’ll see you there!

2 Responses to “You can eat local in November and December”

  1. Danielle Says:

    J’étais étonnée, durant mon premier hiver en Alsace, de pouvoir cueillir des poireaux en février alors qu’ils avaient été plantés à l’automne et qu’ils avaient même connu la neige… Ou encore des choux de Bruxelles que je croyais perdus atteindre leur maturité à la fin du mois de janvier… C’est bien d’avoir de vrais fruits et légumes frais! Tu fais bien d’en profiter!

  2. Anne Says:

    Living in a small town in northern Québec, it’s possible to eat local only during summer. Nervertheless, I’m doing my best to get local products. One way to do it is to buy one’s meat directly from the breeder. Of course, you need to buy a huge quantity at once, but I got almost bio (not certified) beef for a very reasonable price.
    Unfortunately,farmers here have a very hard time getting their products to the grocery stores, because of the small quantities produced. This means even during summer time, we have to make a special effort to eat local. Few people do it.