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What's in season?
What's in Season

Here's what's in season at the farmers' market in September

September is THE month for the Farmers Market. Richer foods and heartier dishes tempt us back into the kitchen to enjoy the harvest season. Itís the time to enjoy game, wonderful seafood, and here in the Garden of England all the finest apples and dessert pears. You can still find the end of the summer berries later plums and gages.
Fish and seafood are plentiful this month and very reasonably priced. For seafood lovers look out for crab, mussels and prawns Ė and with an R in the month, itís the start of the native oyster season too.

The changing season heralds a longing for richer more comforting meat dishes so try venison. Itís the perfect free-range meat Ė minimum food miles, low in cholesterol and full of useful vitamins... Lean and tender, it suits short cooking methods such as frying and grilling. Or for a real filling and simple dish try diced venison (or rabbit, or game birds) in a rich stew helped with plenty of red wine. For lighter meat, try guinea fowl. Cook in the same way as a small chicken, roast wrapped in streaky bacon, and enjoy the flavour, which is richer than chicken and subtly gamey.

If the weather is still holding and you can still BBQ (and by now over fed on burgers and sausages) be a bit more adventurous and try a boned shoulder or leg of lamb leave overnight in a marinade. Put the lamb on the on hottest area of the BBQ and cook for a few minutes each side, then move away to a lower heat for 10 minutes each side.

With tomatoes, courgettes, sweetcorn, peas, cauliflowers, runner beans and onions all plentiful and cheap right now this might be the month to try making your own chutneys and pickles. You donít have to make huge amounts Ė just a jar or two can be very satisfying and you might just get the bug. Winter squashes and pumpkins have arrived and come in an amazing array of shapes and sizes all with different flavours and textures Ė try in soups, curries, gratins and risottos. This is also the season for our local Kentish cobnuts and walnuts.

Tree fruit are at their best and juiciest so donít miss plums, damsons and greengages. Try some of Wendyís amazing variety of jams and marmalades.

Recipe of the month>

Each month a different farmers' market is featured in Kent Life Magazine along with a seasonal recipe made with local produce HERE>

Why buy seasonal food?