Rice: A perfect companion to beans and nourishing basis to any meal, brown rice is a nutrient-densed, unmilled alternative to white rice, with a mildly nutty flavor. It is also a source of protein, good fats, fiber, vitamin E, B complex vitamins, and complex starch.
Available at Massa Organics
Flours and grains: For your winter baking projects, you’ll find whole-grain flours, recently milled from local farms and often available in flavorful varieties, at the farmers market. Whole wheat flour contains the bran, germ, and endosperm and has protein, fiber, and many nutrients. You’ll also find corn polenta and popcorn at the market.
Available at Capay Mills, Eatwell Farm, Tierra Vegetables
Nuts and nut butters: A nutritious snack or addition to any dish, nuts are high in fat and protein content. Considered “brain food,” nuts are a good source of vitamin E, essential fatty acids, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium. Find almonds, walnuts, and more at the farmers market.
Available at G.L. Alfieri Farms, Glashoff Farms, Old Dog Ranch, Massa Organics, Winters Fruit Tree
Olive oil: An essential pantry item for roasting or sauteing vegetables and making salad dressings.
Available at Bariani Olive Oil, Frog Hollow Farm, Sciabica Olive Oil
Vinegar: Another essential for salad dressings or for bringing added acidity and brightness to any dish.
Available at Bariani Olive Oil, Little Apple Treats
Honey: This natural sweetener is believed to have immune-boosting and healing benefits, making a great addition to tea, yogurt, or baked goods. Beekeepers at the farmers market are sourcing from local hives, with minimal to no processing.
Available at City Bees, Marshall’s Farm Natural Honey
Seasonings: Add zest to any dish with a pinch of herbal salt, sugar, or herbs, handcrafted and dried using organic products from the farm.
Available at Allstar Organics, Eatwell Farm
Tea: Stay well and warm with soothing, loose-leaf teas made with local and organic herbs.
Available from Steadfast Herbs, Yerba Buena Tea Company
Pickles and ferments: Keeping your fridge stocked with pickled and fermented foods can offer quick ways to incorporate bright flavor and dense nutrition into simple meals, and they will keep refrigerated for weeks to months. Whether kraut, kimchi, miso, or koji, fermented foods boast an array of probiotic benefits to support your gut health.
Available at Aedan Fermented, Volcano Kimchi, Ugly Pickle Co., Wise Goat Organics
Preserves: Sweeten your meals with preserves such as jams, jellies, shrubs, and syrups. Any preserves you find at our farmer’s markets are crafted from fruit sourced from local farms.
Available at June Taylor Company, Little Apple Treats, Lonely Mountain Farm, McGinnis Ranch, Swanton Berry Farm, Winters Fruit Tree
Dried fruits: Dried fruit extends the season and is perfect for snacking. Dried apricots, peaches, persimmons, tomatoes, and more can be found at some of our farms that grow fruit.
Available at Blossom Bluff Orchards, Everything Under the Sun, Frog Hollow Farm
Fresh fruits and vegetables: The winter farmers market offers an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, high in vitamin C and other nutrients to keep your immune system strong. Stock up on oranges and lemons while they are at their peak, as well as avocados, for your healthy fats. Hardy greens like brassicas (collards, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi) and root vegetables (carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, potatoes) provide deep nourishment and withstand longer storage in the fridge. Freeze, preserve, or pickle them to enjoy them later.
Nourishing Winter Recipes
Winter Rainbow Salad | Foodwise Kids Program
Hearty Brown Rice, Butternut Squash, and Kale Soup | Sarah Henkin, CUESA
Radicchio, Beet, and Mint Salad | Joyce Goldstein, cookbook author
Root Vegetable Chips with Roasted Carrot Hummus | Joanne Weir, Kitchen Gypsy
Chopped Miso Salad | Heidi Swanson, 101cookbooks.com
Classic Kraut with Caraway | Kathryn Lukas, Farmhouse Culture
Warm-Me-Up Soup | Foodwise Kids Program
Winter Vegetable and Farro Soup | Jason Berthold, RN74
Beans and Rice with Collard Greens | Foodwise Kids Program
Sautéed White Beans with Greens | Heidi Swanson, 101cookbooks.com
Kohlrabi and Sweet Potato Fried Rice | Hollie Greene, JoyFoodly
Winter Squash Curry | Kana Azhari, Healing Kitchen