Friday, January 23, 2009

Winter Fruits & Vegetables

One of the best things about being in Florida in the winter is being able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. I'm always on the look out for farm stands, and green markets (known as farmer's markets up north). In Florida the produce at the farm stands is less expensive than in the grocery stores, whereas up north, the farm stands are usually more expensive. There's lots of growers just west of here.

Luscious tomatoes ...

Oranges - 10 for $1, Grapefruits 5 for $1

I bought a box of strawberries from a truck by the side of the road. These are grown in Palm City. Florida strawberries are available January - April.

I gave a lot of the strawberries away, and then froze some to use later in smoothies. To freeze strawberries, just place them on a tray in a single layer. Once they are frozen place them in a zip-loc freezer bag.

Unfortunately we had a frost last night, and a lot of the winter vegetable crop including beans and corn, was lost.


Katie said...

I'm jealous of those tomatoes and strawberries!

Sarah said...

Those all look so good, especially the red strawberries. You must be so happy eating all those fresh fruits and vegetables.

JudyBop said...

Oh I'm jealous too. I hope you save some strawberries for when we come to visit.