Consuming a mixture of these vegetables provides an array of great vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, K, folate, Vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, copper and iron. They are provide various health promoting and disease preventing phytochemicals.
Now the question is where can you buy local produce during this time of year? Here are a few places around the Dayton and surrounding area.
1. Talk with your local grocer and ask what produce is grown locally.
2. Look for local markets open all year around. For example, Second Street Market in downtown Dayton may be a good option. Also, a market just opened up at the RTA station in downtown Dayton. It is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. Yellow Springs has a winter market on Saturday mornings from 8:30-11:30 in the Senior Center on Xenia Avenue. Champaign County has a year-round virtual farmer’s market.
3. If you are a gardener, continue to grow vegetables. You can even build a small hoop house to help extend the growing season and therefore the fresh foods on your table.
Do not let the cold weather keep you from eating your fruits and vegetables. Indulge this season in some green leafy vegetables, beautiful purple beets and flavorful squashes.