Where to order fresh local produce in the winter and help small farmers survive

Philly Foodworks has an online marketplace that showcases the best of the region.

Some of the fresh local produce in Philly Foodworks' winter subscription boxes

Courtesy Philly Foodworks

04 February 2022, at 10.00

Note: This article is a paid placement and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Billy Penn at WHYY.

When you think of eating locally, you can imagine a farmer’s market table filled with sun-warmed tomatoes and stacked high with pyramids of kale and chard. But summer and fall are not the only times you can (and should!) Seek out locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Philly Foodworks has made it a mission to keep farmers in the region harvesting year-round – a win-win for both producers and customers.

Nourish your body

As soon as fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested, their nutritional content begins to degrade. In other words, the longer a vegetable or piece of fruit travels from the field to your kitchen, the fewer nutrients it will contain.

So especially in the colder months, when the flu season is upon us, eating locally grown products ensures that your body gets the most support for the immune system. (Perhaps it is no coincidence that beets and sweet potatoes contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and other good things that can help fight disease in cold weather.)

Try new things

Sweet potatoes with creamy white and dark grape flesh. Vivid golden-orange “Badger Flame” beetroot. Winter squash like koginut and tetsukabuto, which can be used for both baking and salty recipes. Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes, from fluffy lion mane to coral-like maitake and clustered gray, gold and blue oysters. Twenty-one different types of micro greens, ranging from sweet peas to spicy wasabi mustard.

These are just some of the wild ingredients you can find when shopping locally through Philly Foodworks this winter.

Sign up for a regular PFW product subscription and each box that arrives will challenge your cooking know-how with unique fruits and vegetables, show you what’s in season in our region, and help you and your family experience a hero new world of fresh ingredients.

Courtesy Philly Foodworks

Support the farmers when they need it most

You do not become a farmer to get rich. Typically, small farms perceive themselves as seasonal businesses. They rely on income from summer and fall harvests to sustain them year-round, and many farmers are forced to take on other work during the cold months out of season to keep their businesses (and finances) afloat.

To combat this problem, Philly Foodworks has helped fund heated greenhouses for family-owned farms in the network, extending their growing season through the winter. The company also guarantees the purchase of specific crops in good time so that farmers can project their earnings and plan accordingly.

Want to know more about Philly Foodworks? See the background story and mission, and browse the online market here.

Oh, and if you sign up before the end of March, and your first product subscription is FREE! * To make it happen, when you sign up, you must add any of the product subscriptions and use the coupon code BILLYPENN22 – that is it!

* The offer is only for new customers. Up to $ 50 in savings and free home delivery. The offer expires 31/3/22.

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