The silly season is upon us… although it’s ‘silly’ for all the wrong reasons in 2020.

But there are good things in the news and reasons to remain positive.

So, lets march on and make it a great December.

And enjoy some delicious festive fare.

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 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 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.

FruitApples
Pears
Vegetables Beetroot
Brussels Sprouts
Carrots
Celeriac
Celery
Chicory
Jerusalem artichokes
Kale
Leeks
Mushrooms
Onions
Parsnips
Pumpkin
Red cabbage
Swede
Swiss chard
Spinach
Swedes
Turnips
Watercress
Winter squash
[Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes)
MeatGoose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, turkey, venison, wild duck, woodcock
[Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon]