During the warmer months, strolling through the farmer's market is an appealing way to spend an afternoon but don't forget that a variety of local produce is available all year round. Your local market sellers are also an excellent resource for learning about the plants that will work best during the winter in your area. Keeping an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in your home will encourage healthy eating and like house plants and flowers, it can add beauty and life to your space.

If you can't bring yourself to brave the chill and visit the market, most farms offer a winter term Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) that will deliver fresh food throughout the season.

To find the winter month farmer's market nearest you visit Local Harvest or Community Markets.

(Images: Liana Walker)