The Wares of Knutsford website’s latest offer is a free downloadable British seasonal produce calendar. Customers will receive their calendar via email after following the usual check out process, with no payment or postage costs. The colourful, illustrated calendar features a list of which ingredients are in season in the UK on a monthly basis, to help you choose the best British seasonal produce while shopping and meal planning.
Why choose foods in season?
The first and probably best reason to eat foods in season is because every food has a time of year when it will be at its very best, both in taste and in value. While in season foods can be sourced locally, which makes them fresher and usually cheaper than those sourced from abroad. For the same reason they are more environmentally friendly – less transport, fewer storage facilities required and lower levels of artificial growing methods such as lighting, heating, fertilisers and chemicals are necessary. It’s not only a healthy way to eat but also delicious, as fruits and vegetables in particular taste infinitely better when enjoyed at the peak of ripeness.
How Wares of Knutsford supports eating foods in season
The Wares of Knutsford website has a treasure trove of recipes to help you find ways to use British seasonal produce. For example, April is the best time for outdoor rhubarb, asparagus, beetroot, cabbage, new potatoes, spring greens, morel mushrooms and watercress. You can search our recipes alphabetically by ingredient and follow our blog, which features recipes this month for honied oats and rhubarb granola, beetroot, chickpea and feta cheese salad and beetroot hummus. The recipes are updated regularly and will feature new seasonal offerings every month.
Once you become more aware of the impact of what you are eating upon the world, you may find you want to take further steps to protect your environment. Apart from eating foods in season, you can also buy Soil Association certified organic produce to support environmentally friendly farming. You could reduce the amount of meat you eat, as livestock farming is considered to be a significant factor in climate change. You can buy sustainably sourced fish – more information is available from the Marine Stewardship Council – and stick with tap water over bottled. Make sure you use what you buy carefully to avoid wasting food, and food preparation waste can be composted.