Thanks to the Philly Foodworks online marketplace, there’s no end to the local growing season

And there’s a code to get your first box of products for free.

Courtesy of Philly Foodworks

Note: This article is a paid posting and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Billy Penn of WHYY.

When you think of eating local, you might imagine a farmer’s market table overflowing with sun-baked tomatoes and piled high with pyramids of kale and Swiss chard. But summer and fall aren’t the only times you can (and should!) seek out locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Philly Foodworks is on a mission to enable farmers in the region to harvest all year round – a win-win situation for growers and customers.

feed your body

As soon as fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested, their nutritional content begins to degrade. In other words, the longer a vegetable or fruit travels from the field to your kitchen, the fewer nutrients it will contain.

So, especially in the colder months when flu season is upon us, eating locally grown produce ensures your body has the best immune system support. (It may not be an accident if beets and Sweet potatoes contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and other good things that can help fight cold sickness.)

try new things

Sweet potatoes with creamy white flesh and dark grape color. Bright orange “Badger Flame” beets. winter squash love kogine nuts and tetsukabutowhich can be used both for pastries and for savory recipes. Mushrooms in all shapes and sizes, from fluffy lion’s manes to coral-like maitake and clustered grey, gold and blue oysters. Twenty-one different types of microgreens, ranging from sweet pea to spicy wasabi mustard.

These are just a few of the wild produce you can find when you shop locally through Philly Foodworks this winter.

Sign up for a regular subscription to PFW productsand each box that arrives will challenge your cooking skills with unique fruits and vegetables, show you what’s in season in our region, and help you and your family discover a whole new world of fresh ingredients.

Courtesy of Philly Foodworks

Supporting farmers when they need it most

You don’t become a farmer to get rich. Generally, small farms consider themselves seasonal businesses. They rely on income from summer and fall harvests to sustain them year-round, and many farmers are forced to undertake other work during the cold “off-season” months to maintain their business (and their finance) afloat.

To combat this problem, Philly Foodworks has helped fund heated greenhouses for network family farms, which extends their growing season through winter. The company also guarantees purchases of specific crops well in advance, so farmers can project their income and plan accordingly.

Want to know more about Philly Foodworks? Discover the background story and the missionand browse the online market here.

Oh, what if you Register before the end of March and your first product subscription is FREE!* To make this happen, when you sign up, add one of the product subscriptions and apply coupon code BILLYPENN22 – that’s it!

*Offer is for new customers only. Up to $50 savings and free home delivery. Offer expires 3/31/22.