The More You Know, the More You Grow
Food insecurity is an issue affecting more than 1.2 million NYC residents, and access to nutritious, affordable food is not guaranteed for countless families and individuals. Getting access to healthy food for everyone takes collective effort, and necessitates commitment by our public leaders and our community. We encourage you all to be part of the fight against food insecurity and to use your power to make an impact.
Love planting but don’t want the cold weather to get in the way? Well, you’re in luck, because there are tons of scrumptious produce items that can flourish in frigid temperatures. There is a diverse array of cold weather crops that you can plant this season, and by planting in community gardens, you can contribute to food access in your very own neighborhood.
Turnips are hearty root vegetables and many varieties can take colder temperatures. You can plant them in rows, and they even do well on soil that’s already been used up from previous harvests. Plus, turnips provide a lot of calcium and are easy to roast for a flavorful side dish.
You may be used to eating collard greens with your Thanksgiving dinner, but did you know this durable, loose-leaf vegetable can withstand temperatures as low as 0 ̊ F? It's recommended that you plant your collard greens around 6-8 weeks before the first frost. This southern staple has varieties like Blue Max and Georgia Southern Creole that can survive northeastern temperatures.
Black Spanish and Watermelon are two radish varieties that thrive especially well in cold weather. Although radishes grow slower in the winter, you’ll often find that they taste even better if harvested after the first frost. You can also use radishes to make gravy or hearty soups. The French particularly enjoy roasting radishes and dipping lightly in butter.
Like a lot of root vegetables, carrots tend to be more flavorful if harvested after colder weather. This is partly due to the fact that winter weather stimulates the plant to produce more sugars, and these sugars provide a type of protection to the roots from freezing. You can start harvesting your carrots as soon as they are big enough for you to eat, or you could leave them all to mature for a single harvest.