It’s a New Year and many of us start the year wanting to make changes in our life, or resolutions. These resolutions sometimes include incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet, or just trying to eat healthier in general.
In Canada we are slightly challenged with our fruits and veggie intake during winter months since the entire country turns into an ice age and that equals a limited growing season until we start to defrost. We get through winter months relying on local produce that has been stored, canned, frozen, or shipped in from the South or countries with warmer clients. We also end up paying more for the fresh stuff as well during the winter, at least in Alberta we do.
While January typically brings colder weather, it’s the best time to head outdoors and get some physical fitness in! As a family we enjoy sledding, snowshoeing and skating to work off some of the December indulgences. The super cold weather only comes occasionally (not every year strangely enough) and typically doesn’t stay long when it does. January brings better eating for us ensuring we have the right energy to expel enjoying winter activities outdoors. What better habits to teach your kids then to start the New Year eating better and being active?!
After working with a local Alberta Farmers Market for a year, visiting several others and their websites, we have compiled a list of monthly produce items you may want to consider adding to your daily or weekly meals. You do not necessarily need to shop the farmers markets, they will be more expensive. But shopping around and supporting any of the local stores or markets is a good start.
From root vegetables, bright and cheery citrus, apples to hearty aromatics, there’s plenty to eat each month of the year. Here’s our roundup of the seasonal produce typically available in January with a few recipes utilizing these ingredients featuring bloggers from across Canada.
Apples | Beets | Cabbage | Carrots | Celeriac | Citrus | Cucumbers | Kale | Leeks | Onions | Parsnips | Peppers | Potatoes | Radishes | Rutabaga | Squash | Turnips
Cabbage & Leeks with Apples from Simple Bites
Lemon Roasted Potatoes with Parsley Pistou, one of my own recipes here at Bakersbeans
What would be your favourite vegetable or fruit from the list above?