Local produce in the Winnipeg winter?
Hi all, I'm new to the boards and just starting to feel around. For many reason, I have decided to commit myself to purchasing local foods. I found a great thread about where to purchase meat products, but am wondering where I can shop for produce in the winter months? June-Oct will be easier with the farmers markets around, and the Forks, but I'm lost about where to go for my other items. I'd rather not be stopping at 6 different places to do a grocery shop.
Hi and welcome!
I've been a subscriber to Fresh Option Organic Delivery for over a year now and overall, have been very happy despite very occasional lapses in freshness/the odd squished kiwi in my weekly fruit/veg delivery. They are great about filling their boxes with as much organic/naturally grown local food as possibly - which is almost all of it in summer, and not so much in winter. Right now we are getting local root veggies for the most part as well as local hydroponic lettuce/tomatoes.
They flesh out the box with non-local organic produce as well, so assuming you still want to eat some fruits and non-root vegetables through the winter, it's a great option. If you are 100% locavore though, this obviously won't work.
Wenkai on Pembina Highway is owned (IIRC) by Wenkai Liu, the largest Chinese produce seller at the St. Norbert Farmer's Market (close to the northeast corner of the market if you're familiar with it). It's as local as you're going to get (his greenhouses are in Elie). He does supply some of the Chinese markets around town, and I thought he also supplies (or used to?) Westfair Foods aka Superstore with some Chinese greens, but I'm not sure about that one.
Of course, it's mostly Chinese greens, but they have other stuff, too.