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Gettin' Through the Winter

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How do you get through the winter months with enough organic produce?

We've been relying on the farmer's market this summer, which has two organic booths, with good prices. With winter coming up, I'm dreading the cost of store-bought, non-local produce. Organic produce is already scarce around here, and our budget is so tight.

So, before I throw up my hands and give up on organic produce, can we brainstorm for ways to get organic produce in the winter months--frugally?

Here's what I've thought of so far:
--Sprouting
--Lettuce/herbs in the kitchen window
--(For next year)Cold cellar storage of potatoes, etc. from garden

Any others?
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Apples store really well for long periods. So maybe stock up now if you can't get them in the winter. Winter squashes also store well. We freeze berries for the winter, though we don't have a chest freezer so space is limited. If you can get green tomatoes, keep them until they ripen- we've had them more than a month after the frost.
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If you can, stock up on fruits and veggies in season and freeze or can them. Root veggies can be stored all winter in a bucket of cool, clean, damp sand. We turned a corner of our bacement into a cold room by partitioning it off and insulating. Friut, squash, potatoes and so on can last a long time down there. Might be a little late to start that for this year but... I usually do a little bit at a time all through the growing season putting away whatever is at it's peek (and cheepest) By the time the snow flys I have a well stocked pantry and freezer. The only produce I buy is salad greens and I suplament them with home grown sprouts.
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