Fresh & local food in wintertime!

Fresh & local food in wintertime!The Traverse City Record-Eagle has a cool feature titled Green Through The White: Year-round produce is becoming a reality that looks at a new trend in food that has to make you smile if you’re a lover of fresh & local:

Sustainable greenhouse systems, year-round farmers markets and winter CSA programs are cropping up all over cold, cloudy northern Michigan, extending the short growing season and making it possible for locavores to get their greens — and other veggies — all year long.

One of the first in the region to go year-round, the Frankfort Farmers Market is offering fresh produce, along with honey, maple syrup, meat, eggs and other products, from its new winter site at the city-owned Recreation Center.

There’s a bunch more about where you can get fresh eats in wintertime including the Wellington Street Market in TC and (sometime in 2009) the TC City Market. They mention Black Star Farms’ Hoop House and CSA and there’s also Oryana. Maybe if enough people express interest, we could get a year-round market in Leelanau County!

Definitely click through to read the rest – at the end, you’ll get a tasty recipe from Chef Eric Patterson of The Cooks’ House for his Classic French Onion Soup Gratinee!

The photo is Chili & Co. – check out more tasty treats in my Local Food slideshow!