The Dirt on the Farm: The health benefits of your Winter food stash.

Eating local organic food from your farmer is a great way to ensure you are getting the foods your body needs for this time of year. Winter veggies are often seen as starchy comfort foods, that are guilty pleasures, not to be equated with health. In the cooler seasons though, our bodies need some of these extra starches to help keep the body warm and give us energy during the cold gloomy days. These foods are also great vitamin and nutrient sources making them much better choices than breads and pasta. Keeping our immune system strong and maintaining a healthy body through the cold months can be done through seasonal eating. Take a look at what some of these classic late season foods have to offer.

Winter Squash

There are many varieties of winter squash, including butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash. They are all excellent low cal choices in the winter, high in both vitamin A and C as well as being a good source of vitamin B6 and K, potassium and folate. So eat up!

Potatoes

Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap for being a white starch, thrown into the same category as white rice or white bread. Remember, potatoes are a whole food that contain lots of beneficial nutrients. They are an excellent source of two immunity boosters vitamins C and B6. They are also a good source of folate, which is especially important for women of childbearing age, and they deliver fiber. If you can find purple potatoes, you