With the colder weather approaching, many think that buying seasonally is difficult. With about 30% of the land in Surrey being used for agriculture, there’s plenty growing year round. At first it may be difficult to grasp the benefits of eating seasonally, so we’ve got them listed below.
It’s lighter on your pocket: buying seasonally means that there’s an abundance of product available, so the price is lower. Supply and demand make for a happy and balanced grocery budget.
Fresh tastes better: Food that is grown in season is fresh, meaning it’s nutrients and flavours are abundant. When foods are not in season and grown in green houses, they need to be harvested early so they ripen while they’re in trucks being delivered all over the world. Buying what’s seasonally available means that it’s fresh, and nutrient rich.
Variety is the spice of life: Different crops grow during different times of the year. This means that your meals will vary throughout the seasons, opening up your flavour palettes to different tastes and textures.
The environment loves it, too: Greenhouses are hard on migrating birds, and fruits and vegetables not in season are usually grown in places far away. Buying what’s seasonally and locally available ensures we keep our earth, and farms, running for years to come.
Still uneasy about buying what’s available during the Fall? Here’s a list of what local farmers are growing during Autumn: apples, hazelnuts, pears, prunes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, garlic, leeks, lettuce, yellow/red onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, squash, turnips, and zucchini.