August is when we get the warmer weather and a whole new crop of heat-loving fruit and vegetables.
For us meat-eaters, it’s when the game season officially begins, on the 12th.
So, we all know eating locally sourced food is really the way forward.
Or actually, it’s the way back 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.
So, where possible, buy seasonal and buy local.
And enjoy the riches of the seasons’ produce.
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 the 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 a better shelf life so flavour slides.
|Fruit||Apples (first of the season)|
|Vegetables|| Aubergines |
Broccoli (summer sprouting and calabrese)
Green beans (French and runner)
Lettuce and other salad leaves
Maincrop potatoes (first)
[Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.]
Venison (wild red deer)
Grouse (from the 12th)
[Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.]