Colorado Winter Produce & Local Farming
Don’t let the cooler Colorado temperature fool you… While many people think of winter as a dismal season in terms of produce, there is still plenty our farmland has to offer. Many local farms continue to grow crops during this season to feed fresh, Colorado produce to our local communities.
WINTER FARMING & AGRICULTURE – HOW IT WORKS
Even with Colorado’s harsh winter temperatures and snowfall, local farmers have expanded their tools and abilities to be able to grow all the necessary goods during this time. Winter farmers use high tunnels (similar to greenhouses except they are not heated electrically), floating row covers and warm lighting which in unison, create the perfect environment for winter produce to grow.
WHAT’S COOKIN! COLORADO WINTER PRODUCE
While crusty snow and ice cover many open fields, there is plenty of life that grows inside high tunnels spread out throughout our Colorado farmlands. During this season, there are plenty of nutritious vegetables that are available: beets, leeks, onions, kale and turnips, just to name a few. As for fruits available, lemons and cranberries and pomegranates provide the sweetness and tartness necessary to brighten up flavors during these cold winter months.
All of these products are extremely versatile in their cooking applications which helps keep things interesting. We suggest mastering a few seasonal recipes and experiment with variations to freshen up the palate.
Part of The Relish Way is to source local and sustainable produce to make part in our dishes. We strive to be sustainable and because of that, we weave this value into our process. By purchasing products close to our kitchen, we play a role in reducing our environmental footprint while supporting farmers in our area. Eating local is one of the most important things you can do to support the Colorado food community. We acknowledge it is easier said than done and even harder to do so during the Colorado winter. To help inspire you, here are some initiatives you can take to eat local and reduce your environmental impact.
- Preserve the harvest: It may not feel like summer or fall anymore but you can preserve many good by pickling, canning, fermenting and freezing!
- Find a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program near you! Programs like these benefit both the farmer and the consumer by providing seasonal vegetables year-round.
- Grow your own vegetables or microgreens! If you are lacking space or don’t feel like planting a garden in the cold, there are a variety of microgreens that can be grown indoors like sprouts and herbs.
- Partner with Relish! We like to keep things local and will provide the best winter produce.
LET’S GET STARTED!
You can expect the highest quality seasonal ingredients and exceptional service from us. We want you to sit back, stay cozy and let us take care of the rest!