Eating Local in the Wintertime

By Margie Mansure (

Article Published: Nov. 14, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 14, 2013
Eating Local in the Wintertime

Bokchoy, lettuce, cooking greens and broccoli are all winter favorites, fresh from the High Country CSA.

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During the winter months, plan on enjoying high quality, farm fresh produce and other High Country produced goods.

Consuming local, nutritious food will boost your immune system this winter, plus help support hardworking farmers and artisans in our community.

The Watauga County Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. through November. Seasonal produce includes apples, greens, cabbage, potatoes, garlic, carrots, turnips and winter squash. A good variety of meat is available, including beef, lamb, pork and chicken. You will also find eggs, breads, bagels, and pastries, jams, jellies and molasses.

Beginning the first week of December, the High Country Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) winter catalog is accessible online at You may compile custom orders, choosing from a variety similar to what is available at the farmers’ market for a once a month pick up at the Agricultural conference center.

Wild Pilgrim Farmstead, located in Caldwell County, delivers organically raised meats and fresh produce to Boone throughout the winter. Caldwell is typically 10 degrees warmer than Watauga in the winter, plus the folks at Wild Pilgrim grow in seven greenhouses, allowing for great variety. Currently available are tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, kale, sweet potatoes, winter squash, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, spinach, zucchini, onions, carrots and beets. The delivery site is Bare Essentials on Thursday afternoons. For more information, email ( or call (828) 455-7808.

North Fork Farm, located in Zionville, offers a variety of high-quality, grass-fed meat, including vacuum-packed frozen beef, pork and chicken. Check out the selection at North Fork takes orders by email at ( or by phone at (828) 297-5755 and (828) 773-0305. After placing your order, the farm will arrange a place to deliver.

Chestnut Grove Farms
, located off of N.C. 194 toward Todd, offers a variety of cuts of Angus beef that graze on a mixture of orchard, clover and timothy grasses. Check out the selection at Bare Essentials Natural Market carries Chestnut Grove beef, or you may call (828) 264-7764 to arrange a delivery.

Bare Essentials Natural Market has supported the local food system for many years. Located at 273 Boone Heights Drive in Boone, the store offers a variety of produce, meat, eggs, honey, pasta and Bald Guy Brew coffee.

Blowing Rock Produce and Provisions, located at 8100 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock, beside Papa Joe’s, houses more than 40 local food vendors and 20 local beverage vendors. Included is Reid’s Catering prepared foods, pasta from Basil’s Fresh Pasta and Deli, Bella Rooster jams, Faith Mountain Farm baked goods, assorted breads and pastries from Owl Creek Breadworks, Fire from the Mountain salsa and hot sauce, Augusta’s pimento cheese, eggs, Ashe County Cheese, Heritage Homestead goat cheese, Rosa’s Kitchen cheese and shortbread straws, Fishel’s Moravian Chicken Pies, Bald Guy Brew coffee, a variety of produce, Sunburst Trout, Carolina bison and other local meats (lamb, beef, pork and chicken), tea from Blowing Rock Tea Company and local craft beers.

Stick Boy Bread Company, located at 345 Hardin St., is famous for high-quality baked goods. The bakery also carry a variety of locally produced products, including jams, eggs, pasta and goat cheese.

Margie Mansure, M.S., R.D. is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and extension agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension. She offers personalized classes to improve the health of citizens in Watauga County through worksites, schools and community groups. To contact her, email, or call (828) 264-3061.

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