Celebrate the seasons


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Why do tomatoes always taste better in February than in August when they are in the shops, they look red, but they don’t quite have the same taste.  As a community we are losing touch with the seasonality of our fresh fruit and veggies.  In the shops we see the same produce year in year out.  Seasonal variations are masked by extensive transport systems that shunt food all over the world, making sure that we can always buy a tomato or an orange, regardless of whether it is in season.  But supplying this fresh produce all year around comes at a cost, both financially and to our environment.

Simple changes to what we eat and when we eat it can have enormous benefits for the environment. So take action today.

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Don’t know what food is in season when?  Don’t worry, these guides will help you:

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There are great reasons for changing what you eat to match the seasons – (1) the produce is generally cheaper, (2) it hasn’t been grown hundreds or thousands of kilometers away,  (3) it tastes better and (4) the food matches your bodies cravings… afterall who wants to eat light salads in the middle of winter or a hearty vegetable soup on a searing summers day!

Here are some tips to get you started

  1. When planning a meal, start with an ingredient that is in season, not a recipe.  A trip to your local farmers market is a great place to start.  Have a look around and see what  looks the best and then think about how you can cook it.  There are some great recipe books that are also organised this way including Stephanie Alexander “The Cooks Companion”.
  2. Have a look at Sustainable Table’s Seasonal Recipe page for great food that makes the most of local produce.
  3. Visit Local Harvest’s “Make your Own” website page to discover how easy it is to make your own yoghurt, cheese and bread.

If you have some great sources of inspiration for seasonal cooking we please contact us!

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When you simply can’t think of another way to eat tomatoes or zucchini don’t despair, why not preserve them for later in the year!  There are many websites that provide information on how to preserve produce, make jams, chutneys, pickles.  Here are just a few to get you started.  If you have some good sites that you use, send us an email.