45a07163671bdeab3d12e95886f0e2538816b180-9310890 Winter is coming. The cold bursts of air are probably enough to make you want to curl up in bed and just watch Netflix all day. Sounds like the makings of a great December, right? Another popular favorite of every winter to add to that mix is all the delicious, comforting soups and stews that everyone seems to cook this time of year. Here are 8 healthy stews to keep you warm all winter long.

beets-1024x681-7444906 Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same. One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce. In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped. Here's what's in season during Winter 2015.

easy-summer-appetizers-646-3364634 Avocado will never go out of style. Smooth, creamy, and an awesome addition to just about every dish under the sun, avocado isn't only delicious, but it's also loaded with that good fat everyone's been talking about. The buttery fruit (yes, fruit!) is packed with alpha-linolenic acid, better known as omega-3 fatty acid, and oleic acid. They're also a great source of pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Alright, so that's all the good stuff. Time to eat avocado with everything.

oregano-e1451489902630-8002848 "Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between! leaves-3968753 Oregano is one of those ubiquitous herbs. In fact, you probably have it more than you know. It's a beautifully aromatic herb, but with it in your dish, oregano can make all the difference. If you watched even a second of any Rachel Ray cooking show, then you'll know (as she loved reiterating so much) that oregano means "joy of the mountains."

maca root Have you heard of maca root? Chances are that you've probably encountered it, and with more frequency as of late. It's been positioned as one of the big superfoods, boasting numerous health properties. Before we get into exactly what it'll do for you, let's take a step back and learn what maca root is.

Chef Darren Clay "Eat Better Food" is a recurring feature that highlights the amazing restaurants that use Urban Cultivators and Urban Cultivator-grown greens. leaves They say teaching is one of the most rewarding professions in the world. And it makes sense—you leave people armed with more knowledge, more skill than they had before they were under your guidance.

fresh-sage-leaves-1024x676-4797211 "Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between! leaves-9428860 Ah, woodsy, earthy sage. It's the perfect accompaniment to any Thanksgiving meal. It elevates your poultry, it gives an oomph to your butternut squash. But what else is it good for? What else do you use sage for? Well, let's take a look at its background and how it's been used in history.

screen-shot-2015-10-12-at-6-49-08-pm-1093959 One thing that Urban Cultivator prides itself in is the team that the company has built over the years. In addition to what each individual brings to the table in terms of skills and qualifications, one big thing that we look for is personality. Every staff member brings something different to the company, and that's what makes Urban Cultivator such a fun place to work at. For the second instalment of Who We Are, we've got our Customer Service and R&D Team, Amber and Keri.