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Here's what's in season at the farmers' market in April
At last spring is really starting to get into gear as the longer days stimulates growth and make us all feel better after not only Lock Down but what seemed like a relentless deary winter.
Seafood lovers will find sea bass, cod, halibut, cockles, mussels and scallops all at their finest now. A whole salmon is an excellent choice. Bake whole wrapped in foil with butter and herbs and serve simply with a homemade hollandaise sauce.
For meat eaters, how about a wonderful joint of beef or pork for a family Sunday roast, or try game such as venison, rabbit or wood pigeon. Instead of chicken look out for guinea fowl which makes a really interesting change. You might want to try to make your own steak and kidney pie or a game pie, heat up and add plenty of savoury gravy. You may also find some of them ready made at your market.
But the star of the show is rhubarb, now moving from the bright pink early forced variety into the darker and more sour outdoor version. Rhubarb is a versatile fruit that works in both sweet and savoury dishes but do make sure you add the right amount of sugar to balances the sour. A really good rhubarb fool is a seasonal pleasure, especially when made with local cream as the new grass is starting to add richness to the dairy produce, maybe flavoured with ginger.
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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?