I put in a fall crop of lettuce and arugula. The slugs decimated the lettuce but left the arugula completely alone. Then that little snow put the hurt on the arugula. Didn't get in gear in time to put together some cold-frames.Spinach, carrots, cabage, lots of different lettues, peas, green beans. These are things that I have seen do very well in this area.
lol, I'm guessing you are about zone 5-6. Just google what grows in those zones. Red Potatoes grow like wild fire around here.
Can't grow anything after the "Safe food Act" passed. Because you could get sick growing your own food.
I tried some potatoes but I think I need to amend my soil more (too much clay) b/c it was a failure. What method are you using for your potatoes, Riot?
I'm a fan of food that will live in the ground over winter. My potatoes do well and are zero effort. Leeks will last even through a mild freeze.
Most of your melon / squashes grow well, but are inedible or rotted almost as soon as they're ripe.
Artichokes are easy and keep coming back. Big though, if you haven't done them before. I always let them go too long before harvest, but you can boil the **** out of them and just eat the heart. I'm also fond of fruit trees for low effort/high output. Oh, and I have a good source of chicken poop... and eggs. Seems they come from the same place.
I've got a raized garden...to be honest I would just loosen up the sould a bit with a hand tiller and bury an eye about 4".