Eat Seasonal?

Why? 

  • Food that’s in season in our climate requires less transport and refrigeration during travel therefore has less of an impact on the climate. 
  • Food produced naturally and in-season doesn’t rely on artificial lighting and heating and therefore uses less energy than out-of season produce.   
  • Eating seasonally allows us to enjoy the changing of the seasons and experience food at its best

 

How?  

  • Food from local gardens, allotments and farms is likely to be in season, so shopping locally and growing your own is a good way to make sure that most of what you’re eating is in season. 
  • Wild and foraged foods are the ultimate seasonal food, but please follow the guidelines given in the local food section before eating anything. 
  • Preserving is a great way to capture the flavours of seasonal produce to enjoy later in the year. It's a great feeling to have a store-cupboard full of jams, pickles and bottled fruit!

 

For information on what’s in season in the UK and when, visit:   www.eatseasonably.co.uk or www.eattheseasons.co.uk

 

Why not try…?

  • Why not ask your local shopkeeper or market stallholders to recommend the best of what’s fresh now? 
  • Go on a nature walk, but take along a wild food book instead of a wildlife guide.   
  • If you’re unsure where to start with preserving, ask friends and neighbours if they have experience - and sometimes Transition Black Isle runs workshops, so check our website.
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Eating more local produce...

  • If you have kids who do the shopping with you, why not keep them entertained by asking them to pick an item from your shopping list and then try to find the most local version of it they can?

  • Why not stock up on local veg when they're in season and cheaper, and find recipes that make the most of them? 

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