Fighting My Own Food Ignorance

15 Feb

I recently moved into my own apartment and got my very own post office box(that I am very proud of). Food flyers began pouring in about a month ago.  I kept them all with the hope that I would look through them and save some money. The pile has not moved and now gives me guilt as I set my grocery bags full of food on the counter.

I realized that I have a lifetime of grocery shopping ahead of me and I might as well be prepared for it.

I began to wonder what types of produce I should be buying during the winter in New Hampshire. I do not want to drive the demand for foods that grow far away and must be trucked to the state. It was time for me to start putting thought behind my meal preparation and have less of a negative impact on the environment.

I did a little research to find out what types of produce have the longest growing season in the state. Here is what I came up with.

root vegetables: potatoes, cabbage, carrots, radishes

hearty greens:

After visiting a winter Farmers’ Market I soon realized that there was a lot more produce offered then what is on the list above. How could this be? Did they freeze the veggies or maybe grow them indoors? Why were these local foods such as tomatoes in the winter not available a couple of years ago?

The answer is DEMAND. The recent boost in the local food movement has caught the farmers attention. They now invest time and money into growing food in hoop houses like the one seen here that Charlie and I visited just the other day on Surowiec Farm in Sanbornton, NH. The more you buy over the winter, the more they will grow for the following year. So I plan to eat more veggies over the winter and I hope you do too!

Read about hoop houses from a farmer HERE.


2 Responses to “Fighting My Own Food Ignorance”

  1. Shayne K Bowler February 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Cool! I married a girl from Sanbornton!

  2. Lorri Downs February 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Greetings from Holderness Jennifer!
    Your newsletter and blog are looking great. Well done! It is wonderful that you are out here in the farming world bringing the news to our communities. Your latest blog regarding your new apartment and making decisions of what foods you will put on the table is a true new opportunity for all young people. It is wonderful to see the rising interest in sourcing local foods and the connection to local farms coming once again to the forefront of people minds when making decisions for their own families. The demand will drive to efforts on all these local farms and it is fun to be in the midst of it all. Our hats go off to you and all your efforts with the internship! Well done! Well done!

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