There is no such thing as the twelve month strawberry? Gasp!
Eat Seasonably celebrates eating the right things at the right time: a chilled fruit salad when it’s hot, a hearty root vegetable stew during the cold months; raspberries in June and butternut squash in October. We received multiple recommendations from our friends in Edinburgh to try East Coast Organics, Scotland’s highly awarded organic farm & vegetable delivery service. They offer seasonal fruit and vegetables along with organic cheese, bread and eggs. We order the UK veg box with free-range organic eggs.The farm is close to the city, only 10 miles southeast of Edinburgh, and they deliver straight to our door!
I am loving the UK box for several reasons:
1. I am curious to learn more about local produce, currently reading The Allotment Cookbook
2. I am trying new produce, “Hello celeriac and parsnips!”
3. I have to be more creative with meal planning and recipes, this Beetroot Walnut Hummus is a keeper
4. Because scrubbing the dirt from your carrots and potatoes is good wholesome fun!
There’s nothing like fresh vegetables at their seasonal best and eating food when it’s just been picked. It tastes better, it’s better value and it’s better for the planet. There are a number of good reasons to eat more local, seasonal food:
– to support the local economy
– to reduce the energy and CO2 emissions to transport the food we eat
– to avoid paying a premium for food that has travelled a long way
– to reconnect with natural cycles of planting and harvest
– to enjoy fresher, tastier and more nutritious food
Eating seasonably has its advantages and it’s challenges. Alas, I sometimes crave and indulge in a good banana when it’s February. If you are in Edinburgh, give East Coast Organics a try! If you are elsewhere in this beautiful world, explore what’s in season in your area.
What are your favorite seasonal recipes?