The Kitsap year has two seasons: pantry and farmers market! By May all the farmers markets are open around the county. The last market closes in December.
January is well and truly winter. Frosts have taken out the more delicate greens like lettuce, kale hangs on waiting for slightly more light and warmth. Fall planted crops will begin to yield in a month or two, but for now, the wet, cold, and dark makes for slow growing. The farmers markets are closed. Farm stores are still open though! Local food is available in Kitsap.
What’s in Season
Milk, eggs, and meat
There’s a reason northern peoples eat meat in winter! It’s the easiest food to find. Fortunately our Kitsap dairies sell milk through a variety of farm stores. Eggs are less plentiful but still available. Farmers slaughter batches of chickens throughout winter to keep a fresh supply handy, and sell frozen beef, pork and lamb.
Squashes and roots
Hardy winter squashes keep well in cool temperatures. Beautiful pumpkins, acorn squash, and butternut squash can still be found on farm store shelves.
Huge heads of green and red cabbage, surviving brussels sprouts, and broccoli raab.
The hardiest roots are still out there – parsnips, beets, celeriac, and rutabaga.
Hearty winter meals
Pork chops, potatoes, and braised cabbage.
Egg fritatta with broccoli raab.