It was music to my ears this week when I turned up a little early only to be told “I think your order is ready, I’m sure it’s all been picked”. That, is as good as it gets in my book!
So what did I get?
Strawberries, fennel, lots of kale, cabbage and spinach (all together in a bag; they call them ‘cooking greens’, I call them juicing greens), bunches of Swiss chard, mixed herb salad and their Summer salad leaves. Also available was mange tout, radishes and broad beans.
There are many other vegetable and fruit in season now (in the UK) and if you aren’t blessed with a local supplier, then your nearest supermarket usually has a British section.
Try to choose your weekly selection from here. This ensures you are getting the freshest and least travelled food. This is important; as the fresher the food the higher in nutrients they tend to be. If you’re not convinced, just smell it; beautiful vegetables have an aroma which many foods that have stored for a quite a while do not.
I haven’t mentioned flavour because frankly that depends on what you do with your produce. If you have been following me for a while you will notice I am very minimalist about cooking veg. Have a look at some of the recipes for some inspiration.
Meanwhile a quick Google search for ‘local produce in (insert your location)’ should bring forth some results. But don’t get bent out of shape about it; the important thing is to buy vegetables and fruit. If the supermarket is your only option, don’t feel you are compromising.
Regular varied intake of foods is a key factor to healthy eating, make sure you make as easy as possible to do this and you will be able to make it a good lifetime habit.