If you live in a cold winter climate, you may think eating local in the winter means a lot of jarred, canned, frozen and dehydrated food.

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While preserving food is part of a well stocked winter pantry, you can grow your own fresh food in the winter as well. Here are some of our favorite gardening and preserving techniques and tips for cold winter climates.

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The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long, 2nd Edition

Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables

Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation

Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

Microgreens: A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens

Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm

Interview with Darrell Frey

Backyard Winter Gardening: Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in Any Climate Without Artificial Heat or Electricity the Way It’s Been Done for 2,000 Ye

Inspiration for gourmet locally sourced winter menus from our archives

Chicago locally sourced winter menu

Nebraska winter menu

Food sharing in cold climates


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