We are all becoming more aware of the provenance and processes involved in the food we buy, and the Covid 19 lockdown has given us a much needed reset to think about our values, our health and to resurrect the pleasure in the simple process of a meal.
Eating Seasonally is a great way to be more sustainable and healthy. There are some very easy benefits to be had from eating more local, seasonal produce.
- The most obvious reason is that it is fresher and tastier and more nutritious to eat food grown nearby and in season. Bursting with flavour and nutrients that food is far healthier for you than long life alternatives from the supermarket.
- It also reduces the energy use and emissions that result from growing large quantities of forced crops and transporting food longer distances.
- You may be surprised to discover that it is often cheaper to buy seasonally, there is a premium associated with food that is grown out of its natural season or has had to travel extensively to reach consumers.
- It is smart economy; by buying your country’s seasonal produce you are putting money directly back into the local economy, which allows smarter growth and that money can also be reinvested in other local businesses, stimulating the immediate community.
- Reconnecting with nature and the seasons gives you greater control over what you eat; when you buy directly from suppliers that are growing and harvesting the produce there is more accountability over practices, pesticides and processes resulting in better quality, healthier produce.
WHAT IS IN SEASON NOW? July/August is a great time of year for fresh colourful soft fruit and veg packed and game, fish and shellfish.
Artichokes, Aubergines, Beetroot, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Courgettes, cucumbers, Salad leaves, New Potatoes, Runner Beans, Spring Onions, Sweet Peas, Tomatoes, Watercress. Apricots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Raspberries and Strawberries.
Beef, Lamb, Rabbit, Venison and Wood Pigeon
Cod, Crab, Dover Sole, Langoustine, Lemon Sole, Mackerel, Prawns, Salmon, Scallops, Seat trout, Sea bream, Shrimp, Squid.