Tis the season……..
Fruit and vegetables are best when used seasonally. This means you are getting the pick of the bunch in terms of flavour, price and food miles. Also you get the produce when it is meant to be eaten, so it will be full of the natural flavours. Also food miles. We grow some great produce. Why would you look anywhere else. Especially asparagus. It is probably my favourite vegetable. We only have a short season, but it is glorious!
Great ways of getting the best stuff!
Grow your own – You only need a small amount of garden, window box, planter boxes, allotment to grow your own. Check with your local allotment society and read up on when to plant, soil and light exposures. But growing your own is not only fun, but rewarding and if grown from seeds can be very cheap and a great way of having fresh produce at your door. We grow herbs and lettuces every year so we always have a supply of salad and herbs. Yum.
Local grower – find your local suppliers and help them grow 🙂
Farmers market – Find some amazing produce at farmers markets, have a look I am sure you;ll find one near you.
Organic – did you know there can be up to 7 chemicals on a single apple, and they could be months old, preserved with more chemicals.
In the supermarket go for organic, local, British stuffs.
Supermarket – They have got pretty good at helping local growers, check where produce is from and maybe go organic for a more natural result.
With all Fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs, do some research and choose for yourself.
Try and go as seasonal as possible, but there will be a few things you won’t find, such as citrus fruit, exotic and some specialist vegetables.
Seasonality, A quick guide for the varieties are;
Vegetables and salads, Fruits, Herbs, Foraged foods.
March, April, May
Asparagus, Apricot, Artichokes, Royal Potatoes, Peas, Spring Onion, Leeks, Spinach, Coriander, Parsley, Bay leaf, Basil, Morels, Broad Beans, Celery, Cauliflower, Garlic, Radishes, Cabbage, Broccoli, Purple sprouting, Rocket, Rosemary, Stinging nettles, Dandelion, Oregano, Tarragon, Chives, Thyme, Dill,
Strawberries, Blackcurrants, Plums, Blackberries, Rhubarb, Gooseberries, Raspberries, Green Gages, Apricot, Figs, Blueberries, Damsons, Dandelion, Broad Beans, Courgettes, Runner Beans, Radishes, Peppers, Cucumber, Rocket, Aubergine, Potatoes, Peas, Fennel, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Spring Onion, Mint, Sage, Coriander, Basil, Chives, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary, Dill, Tarragon, Sage, Wild blackberries, Sorrel.
September, October, November
Apples,Crab Apples, Blueberries, Blackberries, Victoria Plums, Cranberries, Grapes, Quince, Plums, Figs, Elderberries, Pears, Aubergine, Butter nut Squash, Leek, Suede, Carrots, Celeriac, Celery, Pumpkin, Courgette, Brussel Sprouts, Fennel, Jerusalem Artichokes, Parsnips, Kale, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Rocket, Rose hips, Turnips, Onions, Radishes, Potatoes, Basil, Chive, Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Rosemary, Sloes, Worcester/Logan berries.
Dec, Jan, Feb
Cranberries, Rhubarb, Artichokes, Leeks, Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Butter nut Squash, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Chicory, Suede, Cabbage, Celery, Watercress, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Turnips, Parsnips, Onions, Bay, Rosemary, Sage, Seville Oranges. Sloes, Chestnuts.
Even a little patch of ground can yield some fantastic produce, and there is something very special about growing your food, tending it, digging the soil, and eventually enjoying the rewards of your effort.
When growing your own, do proper research or ask some local growers for help and advice, they will have knowledge of the soil types and would relish the opportunity to help some eager first time growers.