Are you a fan of farmer’s market’s? Perhaps you prefer to buy locally to support your community. Most people think farmer’s markets are for the summer months. It was not until I moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming that I even heard of a Winter Farmers Market.
My family moved to Cheyenne last December and while staying in TLF on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, I saw a pamphlet on the desk that said Winter Farmer’s Market. Since we were new to the town I figured it was a great first outing to explore our community. The Winter Farmer’s Market was inside the train depot in downtown Cheyenne. Walking inside the Depot, there were so many different vendors. Some people were farmers selling winter fruits and vegetables. Other vendors were selling warm and wonderful baked goods and coffees. I never considered how wonderful a farmer’s market in Winter could be. In the summer I am looking for crisp fruits and summer flavors. I never had an artisan baked good with a warm frothy coffee. Nor had I enjoyed so many different fruits and vegetables that are grown in the fall and winter season.
Perhaps I was naïve but I honestly didn’t know that gardening continues in the Winter season. I always thought that’s the time of year you buy frozen fruits and vegetables until the spring rolled around the next year. Perhaps I wasn’t so naïve, the more I talk to friends the more I realize they also did not know there was produce that was native to the winter months. This prompted me to research the many seasonal fruits and veggies of the snow season. Below is a chart showing some of the wonderful seasonal flavors.
|Sweet Potatoes||Passion Fruit|
|Winter Squash||Blood Orange|
So now that we know some of the most common winter fruits and veggies, how do we incorporate them into meals? I found the easiest way to incorporate winter produce was to look for great winter recipes. Below are links to some of the best winter fruit and vegetable recipes I could find. I encourage you to try a few recipes and explore the little known world of winter produce.
Wonderful Winter Recipes
One of my all-time favorite party food recipes includes a wonderful winter veggies water chestnut. Though most of my recipes and blogs have to do with healthy eating, this recipe is not a healthy option but very much a tasty one. I have been making it for years and it never lasts longer than an hour. Its simple ingredients, simple flavors, and simply delicious!
Rosanna’s Bacon BBQ Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Water chestnuts canned or fresh (fresh chestnut slice into large chunks)
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Take one piece of water chestnut, wrap in bacon, place toothpick through bacon and water chestnut.
Place on tinfoil lined cookie sheet.
Repeat until all water chestnuts and bacon are wrapped.
Pour BBQ sauce over the wraps.
Sprinkle a small amount of salt and pepper over wraps.
Place cookie sheet of wraps into a preheated 400-degree oven.
Cook until bacon is crisp (this depends on elevation and bacon crisp preference).
Once cooked, place on appetizer tray and enjoy.
Take some time to explore your community and you may find there is a Winter Farmer’s Market in your area. Now that you have an idea of the wonderful produce options and you already have some great recipes ready, go out and enjoy winter fruits and veggies. As always I would love to hear from you the reader. If you have any great recipes I encourage you to share. If you just want to say hi, I’m happy to hear from you. Take care, eat healthy, be well.