In Season this month – October
Apples, artichoke, beetroot, blackberries, broccoli, butternut squash, celery, Jerusalem artichoke, figs, kale, leeks, parsnips, pears, pumpkin, runner beans, swede, sweetcorn, watercress, wild mushrooms
Why we should eat the seasons
Every month I write about the great fruit and vegetables that are in season and the benefits of some of the great produce you can buy. There is a delicious recipe using some of the month’s fresh produce for you to try so check out my Recipe of the Month which this month features seasonal apples and blackberries. So, let’s have a look at what October has in store for us.
October sees the beginning of Autumn and we really notice the seasons changing right now. I love this season as is brings a whole new batch of fresh vegetables and fruit so we can start to vary our recipes and refresh our eating plans. Apples and blackberries are in season right now and that just makes me think about a delicious crumble. My recipe this month is for a healthy version of apple and blackberry crumble – no scrimping on taste though – I promise you!
There are many benefits to eating seasonally, but one main reason is when you eat locally and seasonally you know you are eating the freshest, most abundantly available produce. It is better for everyone – you get the tastiest veg, the local farmer benefits and food miles (the distance our food has to travel from the farm to your fork) decreases so you get to save the environment, too. Another unexpected benefit is to reconnect to nature’s seasonal cycle. If you have children, this is especially important as it teaches that food does grow at specific times, a hard concept to grasp when imports from all around the globe ensure that supermarket shelves look the same practically every week of the year.
Where to buy seasonally
Farmers’ markets are usually a great place to find local seasonal veg, but for now consider getting an organic veg box delivered if you can. It’ll teach you super fast when food is in season, you’ll get some of the best produce available in your area and delivered to your door, and it will wake you up to the magic of cooking.
Inviting a veg box into your life forces you to try something new, and this can be very invigorating. Of course, you can pick and choose the types of ingredients you want and avoid having things added that your family hates, but I urge you to have a go and see what happens.
The following offer a huge variety of veg-only or fruit and veg boxes, some even with a ‘pick your own’ element where you can pick and choose exactly how much of what you have