As the leaves change on the trees and conkers roll down the streets, the new season arrives. Along with the new season comes an abundance of fruits and vegetables that are in season and ready to be turned into warming comfort foods for the whole family to enjoy.
So what foods are in season through the Autumn?
- Brussel sprouts
- Savoy Cabbage
5 reasons why we should eat in season and locally produced food
For thousands of years, each season brought with it a range of different fruits and vegetables. The variety of food available would often compliment the seasons, offering lighter foods in the Spring and Summer and heartier foods in the Autumn and Winter. Due to the success of global perishable supply chains, consumer demands have increased, resulting in todays consumers expecting to be able to purchase any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year. This however is not always the best thing for our wallet, health and the planet.
A survey carried out by BBC Good Food Magazine showed that out of 2,000 people polled, 86% claimed to believe in the importance of eating seasonally and 78% said they shop seasonally. Taking this into consideration, only 4% of people polled guessed accurately when plums were at their best and only one in 10 could pinpoint the season for gooseberries. So why should we eat seasonally and locally produced food?
- More environmentally friendly – Reduces the demand for out of season produce, this further supports local farming in your area and requires less transportation and hot houses.
- Preserves the environment by reducing air miles – Less fruit and veg transported from hotter climates
- Higher in nutritional value – Some antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Folate and Carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time. Food’s grown closer to you don’t spoil during long trips across the ocean.
- Foods in season often cost less – They are at the peak of their supply and cost less for farmers and distribution companies to harvest. They also cost less to get to supermarkets / greengrocers and therefore overall cost less to purchase.
- More flavour – Seasonal fruit and vegetables have not had the time to loose flavour or nutritional value by sitting in a shipping container for a trip across the ocean.
Pumpkin picking, a day out with the family this October
Don’t forget your wellies! This October at Birchfield family dairies, North Yorkshire, you can pop down to the pumpkin patch with your wheelbarrow and show your children how pumpkins grow. Enjoy a day handpicking the pumpkins from the field, carving them in the carving shed and feeding the pumpkin scraps to the hungry pigs. This is a fantastic children’s activity and day out that will not only be full of fun, however will be educational teaching them how different fruits & vegetables are harvested at different times of the year and how Pumpkins grow.
During the pumpkin festival (5th oct – 31st oct) the farm also has:
- Children’s barrel ride
- Farm tours
- Corn cannon
- Fancy dress competition
Danish Apple Cake
We are a nation of apple growers, from trees poking over garden fences to orchards as long as the eye can see. As this seasons apple’s ripen and become ready to pick and the days become cooler, we can’t get enough of this Danish Apple Cake, it’s the perfect autumnal treat with a dollop of clotted cream and a large mug of tea. To start baking autumnal treats with your Little Crumb, click the link below to find the recipe: https://www.goodfood.com.au/recipes/danish-apple-cake-20130402-2h3yi