• In season now: May

    New this month: Asparagus! The food of gods... and carrots are back.

    Still in season from last month: cauliflower, chard, green cabbage, salad leaves, main-crop potatoes (from store), salad leaves, sea kale, spring greens, rhubarb

    Goodbye till next year to: Purple sprouting broccoli (sniff, sniff), leeks, stored parsnips, forced rhubarb

  • What I’m doing here

    This all started when I picked the first strawberries from my new allotment.

    I'd never been so enraptured or so excited by food. It was a shock to find that anything could taste so good.

    So what - I'd never had strawberries before?

    No - all the strawberries I'd had were shop-bought, like as not flown in from intensive growers in Spain or Chile, and eaten in winter when strawberries should be a distant summer memory.

    It revolutionised my thinking about the fresh food we eat every day. I started to wonder if you got the same amazing taste from all types of food grown and eaten in season. And then I decided to do something about it.

    The Year of Eating Seasonally is my little experiment to find out what it's really like not to have it all. The only fruit and veg I and my family are going to eat in 2008 will be what's growing in the ground at the time (or, in winter, what I can get out of store).

    I want to find out if the hungry gap is really as hungry as everyone says it is: whether you're really eating nothing but cabbage all winter; and whether you miss strawberries in December.

    Along the way I hope I'll save a few tons of carbon being released into the atmosphere on my behalf, as I won't be requiring those French beans flown from Chile, thanks very much. And I hope I'll be rediscovering what food can really taste like.

    If you have any comments, please feel free to post them anywhere you like - or you can email me at sallywhite@hotmail.com.

Over the farm gate

Domestic goddess rating: 50% (not exactly seasonal, but I did some cooking at least) Five-a-day: 3/5 Food miles: none

On the menu: Toast, jam and juice (breakfast); cornish pasty (lunch); spaghetti bolognese (post-swimming easy-peasy supper)

Another great blog event I came across today. Gay, who’s dubbed herself a scientist in the kitchen, whatever that might be, has had a fantastic idea to promote farmers’ markets – one of my all-time best places to find seasonal food. I’ll introduce you to my own local farmers’ market when it’s next on and not raining cats and dogs (in a few weeks’ time, I hope) – and I might even put a pic of it in for the “To Market, To Market” event Gay is running each month. She’s asking everyone to send in photos of their local market, so we can all see stalls from all over the world.

I love farmers’ markets. It’s so how we ought to be buying our food. Local producers, selling beautifully-produced local food, to local people. All the veg is seasonal, all the time. You get the chance to talk, directly, to the person who made/grew/raised your food. And you get to try lots of new things, and you become more familiar with, and therefore more rooted in what’s going on around you.

If you want to find out where your local market is, this is a good place to start. It’ll change the way you buy food forever. I just wish they happened more often!

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One Response

  1. Hi Sally, I look forward to your sharing with us your farmers’ market. I will announce details soon for the next round-up.

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