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Good Foods for Winter Storage

If you're starting to wonder how you will survive the winter without your local farmers market, here are a few of the staples you can still stock up on to stave off hunger and keep you healthy this upcoming season

•All of the following organic produce aids in the maintenance of a healthy immune system and heart, and many may lower the risk of some cancers.

Beets: Good source of folic acid, fiber, and vitamin C. Help maintain memory, promote healthy aging, and protect against birth defects.

Garlic: Excellent source of Allicin, a strong antibacterial and antifungal compound.

Onions: Good source of vitamin C, folic acid, antioxidants, and fiber.

Parsnips: Excellent source of vitamin C, folic acid, dietary fiber and a good source of potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Potatoes: Good source of Vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6.

Turnips: Excellent source of Vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, calcium, and dietary fiber.

Winter Squash: Excellent source of Vitamin A in the source of beta-carotene an antioxidant.

• If you are without a root cellar, an unheated dark, slightly ventilated space, will work great. Lay items on trays without them touching and always save the best specimens for last.

For more information go to www.nofa.org.

So come stock up, rain or shine, at the Manchester Farmers' Market, inside the Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park, Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m.

For more information or directions contact mfmvt@yahoo.com.

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