Buy seasonal and local.
And enjoy the riches of produce.
So, we all know eating locally sourced food is really the way forward.
Or actually, it’s the way backwards because this is what we used to do until globalisation.
Not only is it better for our planet by shortening the supply chain.
It’s also good for us.
A few reasons why eating in season is good
Economical: eating fruit and veg when there are loads of it means it will be sold cheaper than in off-season
Health benefits: food that is in season contain the nutrients and minerals that our bodies need at a particular time of year.
e.g. butternut squash and apples are in season in autumn/winter – they are packed with vitamins so help keep away horrid winter colds.
Tastes better: which makes obvious sense. Mass-produced produce tends to suffer from a lack of flavour.
Large commercial farms are about volume and often they are adapted to look uniformed and have better shelf life so flavour slides.
Green beans (French and runner)
leaf beet (perpetual spinach)
Lettuce and other salad leaves
[Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, main crop potatoes, onions, rocket.]
|Meat||Lamb (including salt marsh lamb)|
Venison (wild red deer)
[Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.]
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