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Who Says You Can’t Eat Local In The Cold Months?

We visit Bread & Roses Gardens where the hoop house is home to kale and herbs, and Teresa Birtles sells frozen heirloom tomatoes she harvested in the fall.

preparing to freeze tomatoes

Photo: Marisa | Food in Jars (Flickr)

Don't both with canned tomatoes anymore! Frozen local tomatoes from Heartland Family Farm make perfect sauces and soups.

These plants are just waiting to go in the ground, so by April/May at the market, they will be perfect.

That’s Salem Willard from inside the hoop house at Bread & Roses Gardens. Despite the frigid temperatures still, plants are thriving inside this plastic dome. Along with fellow gardener Jonas Carpenter, he talks about starting plants indoors to make your spring garden that much more successful.

We visit the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market to buy tomatoes and berries, believe it or not.

Chef Daniel Orr cooks with some spaghetti squash.

And Harvest Public Media asks the question that drives seed company executives and farmers alike: how can we grow more crops? Stay with us.

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For decades now, farmers and seed scientists have seen yields improve, but they’re not satisfied.

Despite Freezing Temps, It Feels Like Summer In Hoop House

in the hoop house at bread & roses gardens

The guys of Bread & Roses Gardens are growing a variety of herbs and greens inside their hoop house. Thanks to the sun, it's 80 degrees in there.

Farmers, Chefs Collaborate To Get Local Food In Restaurants

anna blessing locally grown

In her new book, Anna Blessing celebrates the relationships Chicago chefs have with the area farmers that provide their food.

Frozen Local Foods Tasty For Consumers, Smart For Business

herbs packets for sale at Bloomington Winter Farmers Market

Teresa Birtles froze a portion of her fall harvest of heirloom tomatoes and blackberries to sell at market in the early spring.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boat

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boat

Serves this dish in one half of the spaghetti squash, then pass it around family-style.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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