Although we have entered the 'off-season,' Colorado farms produce a surprising amount of food in November! Root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes are still growing in the ground, and winter squash have thick skin to keep them lasting through the cold nights. Some hearty greens, like collard greens, actually thrive in cold weather, because the cold converts the starches in the leaves to sugar, giving the greens a sweet taste. Not only do these crops continue to grow outside in November, some farmers use protected agriculture, (growing in greenhouses) to extend the season and grow some of our favorite summer crops, like tomatoes and salad greens, throughout the winter. Want to learn more about how to eat local during the off-season? Click here!
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