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What's in season?
What's in Season

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

January is the month for resolutions so why not resolve to eat healthy local food in 2022? When you buy from your local farmers' market:
    •    You’ll eat more healthily (it is fresh)
    •    Food will taste better (it is fresh)
    •    You’ll save money by shopping with the seasons
    •    You will be supporting small local producers
    •    You are helping to sustain the local economy
    •    You are reducing food miles.

After the excesses of Christmas period it’s time to enjoy simpler seasonal dishes. The brassica family neatly fits the bill. Kale, Savoy cabbage, sprouts and spring greens are all full of flavour now. But don't boil them to death! Quite the opposite, as they work perfectly in stir fries, hearty soups and curries, or just serve them simply shredded and steamed tossed with a little seasoning and a dash of cold pressed rapeseed oil.

Main crop potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, celeriac, swede and turnips provide the starch that keeps us going in the cold so mash them together, season well and serve with slow cooked meat dishes.

Fish fits perfectly into a healthier diet. Lemon sole, halibut, skate and turbot are all good now when the seas are cold. – try them simply cooked on a griddle with a little oil to prevent sticking and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. 

Venison is plentiful and, with its lean flesh and high mineral content, is marvelous for those watching waistlines. The feathered game season comes to a close around the end of the month so now is a good time to use wild duck or pheasant in a casserole or pie.

If one of your resolutions is to do "Dry January", you'll find a great selection of fruit juices at our markets.

A Happy New Year from all Kent Farmers' Market traders and we look forward to seeing you in 22!

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?