September

Autumn.

(Gosh, I really didn’t enjoy writing that word).

I do love Autumn but this year has been SO weird with this horrible pandemic that it feels like winter is coming around too quickly.

We need a bit of ‘normality’ before bunkering down for shorter, darker days.

And what does that mean for produce?

Well, there are still some lovely late-ripening fruits to enjoy such as raspberries and apples.

And then there are the wonderful veggies we can enjoy.

Plus, it’s the season for game.

So, as always, shop and support locally grown as best you can.

Locally sourced

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.

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 vitamin 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
Blackberries
Blueberries
Damsons
Figs
Grapes
Loganberries
Melons
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Raspberries
Tayberries
VegetablesAubergines
Autumn cabbage (green, red)
Beetroot
Broccoli (calabrese, autumn sprouting)
Brussels sprouts
Celeriac
Celery
Chillies
Chicory
Courgettes
Cucumbers
Endive
Fennel
Globe artichokes
Green beans (French, runner)
Lettuce and other salad leaves
Leeks
Marrows
Okra
Pak choi
Parsnips
Peppers
Pumpkins and winter squashes
Radishes (summer, winter)
Spinach
Spring onions
Swedes
Sweetcorn
Summer squash
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watercress

[Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.]
MeatGrouse, guinea fowl, hare, lamb, partridge, snipe, venison, wild duck, woodcock.

[ Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, turkey, farmed venison, wood pigeon.]