Locavore’s List: Stock your winter kitchen

Eating seasonal vegetables year-round has never been easier, even in January.
Against a white background, various local jars and bottles with mushrooms, peppers and kale.

Eating seasonal vegetables year-round has never been easier, even in January.

Prep Heroes
Make it hot: Hot sauce goes on everything, right? Bushel & Peck’s Cherry Bomb sauce is particularly good with cauliflower curry and veggie lentil soups. The folks at Beloit’s Bushel & Peck’s also recommend drizzling the Better Sriracha sauce over greens in a bowl of ramen. bushelandpecks.com

Stock up: The kitchen staff at Cadre makes mushroom stock using oyster mushrooms from Vitruvian Farms. Try it in soups, stews and noodle broths — or drink it straight up like Cadre chef Evan Dannells says he does. It’s that good. store.vitruvianfarms.com

Dash of spice: The first big mistake people make when cooking with vegetables is forgetting the seasoning. The Deliciouser’s Berbere and Antica spice blends pair well with winter squash and pumpkins, Vadouvan with roasted carrots, and Ras el Hanout with grains, potatoes and parsnips. thedeliciouser.com

Like oil & vinegar: Try Saffi Saana avocado oil for charring, broiling and stir-frying vegetables; a balsamic vinegar reduction to drizzle over hearty greens; and quality olive oil with almost anything. saffisaana.com

Sauce star: Madame Chu owner Josey Chu bases all her recipes on her grandmother’s authentic Southeast Asian dishes. Her ginger garlic sauce, in particular, elevates just about anything you add it to, but it especially shines in a stir-fry. madame-chu.com

Market’s Still Going!
By the time farm fields are covered in a deep layer of snow, the Dane County Farmers’ Market gives way to the Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill. “You’d be surprised how wide a variety of produce you can find in the winter,” says Market Manager Jamie Bugel. “The food you are buying at our market is grown by the people behind the stand, so you can speak with them about their growing practices and their favorite ways to eat their products.”

You might find these farmers at the DCFM’s Late Winter Market:
Westridge Organic Farm, Blue River | Snug Haven Farm, Belleville | Don’s Produce, Arena | Burr Oak Gardens, Rio | Roots Down Community Farm, Milton | Kingfisher Farm, Argyle

7 Veggies to Cook With This Month
Spinach for a versatile addition to nearly any dish
Kale which gets extra sweet after a few frosts
Carrots for your stir-fry, juice or cake
Potatoes as your go-to pasta swap
Microgreens for your nutrient-packed veggie serving
Alliums like garlic and onions to punch up the flavor

Looking for more local veggies? Shop Vitruvian Farms’ online store, visit your neighborhood co-op or sign up for an upcoming CSA share.