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Gone are the days when the changing of the leaves signified the end of farmers market season. With the demand for locally grown produce higher than ever, many markets are now temporarily moving indoors instead of closing up shop during the winter months. 

It's a positive move for both consumers and farmers who can now buy and sell fresh food all year long. However, don't expect your local farmers market to be full of the bushels of fresh strawberries or bunches of blooming sunflowers you're used to seeing in the summer months. Winter markets are all about root vegetables, herbs and fresh greens. 

Here's your guide on what to buy (and what to make) from your local winter farmers market. 

Heirloom Carrots

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Heirloom carrots can be as delicious as they are colorful. With the right recipe, these carrots may become your go-to side dish during the winter!

Recipe to try:  Honey Mustard and Rosemary Glazed Carrots via The Healthy Foodie 

Kale

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Kale is really having a moment in the health food world. This leafy green is chock full of vitamins and nutrients, which makes it a welcome addition to practically any dish.

Recipe to try: Spicy Kale and Quinoa Black Bean Salad via The Glowing Fridge

Winter Squash

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Surprise! Winter squash isn't just for your dramatic Thanksgiving table centerpiece. They provide a tasty addition to many winter dishes, especially hearty stews. 

Recipe to try: Slow Cooker Winter Squash Beef Stew via Will Cook for Smiles

Beets

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Beets often get a bad rep because of their unique color and shape. But once you give them a chance, don't be surprised if beets suddenly start making a welcome appearance in all your winter meals. 

Recipe to try: Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze via Back to Her Roots 

Brussels Sprouts

winter-farmers-market-brussel-sproutsThanksgiving doesn't have to be the only time Brussels sprouts grace your dinner table. Pick up a handful from your local farmers market, and we promise you'll be able to taste the difference from store-bought sprouts. 

Recipe to try: Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Caramelized Onions via Cooking and Beer

Looking for more in-season produce to try this winter? Check out our full list here

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