In my last blog post, seasonal living: autumn, I talked about what it is to live seasonally and the different areas of life that this lifestyle enhances. Something that I have really been loving since I started living more seasonally is the food! I’m a foodie all day anyway but since I’ve made a change to eating more seasonally, I’ve genuinely found that I get so much more enjoyment from the food that I’m eating and that each month really does provide us with new fruits (figuratively and literally)! No longer am I buying my favourite things out of season, but rather making the most of when they are in season and preserving them so that I can enjoy them! This simple change has made a big difference in how I shop and how I eat, and it is my hope that by sharing this blog post, I can help you to find happiness by making this change too.
To put it simply, seasonal eating is about buying and consuming fruits and vegetables that are CURRENTLY growing. Everything has its own season, and each month has its own fruits. Strawberries are not meant for December and pumpkins are not harvested in the spring. Noticing this actually makes each time of year more exciting as it makes times when certain produce are in season a lot more special. It is good to wait. You will find more happiness in each month by embracing what those months have to offer (and this is often more than you realise).
Let’s talk about seasonal eating in autumn. What’s available? The easiest way to see what’s in season at each time of year is to visit your local farmer’s market or farm shop. Of course, in current circumstances this can be difficult, and we must take necessary action to stay safe even when shopping for our groceries. Most small farm shops will only ever sell what is currently available, making it incredibly easy for us to eat more seasonally. Buying local produce also means we can rest assured that our fruits and vegetables haven’t been imported from somewhere else, easing our minds and reducing our carbon footprints (if you would like to learn more about carbon footprints and climate change, you can visit THIS WEBSITE for resources that help you to better your understanding of climate change).
It is important, however, that we also KNOW FOR OURSELVES what is in and out of season where we live.
According to the astronomical calendar, the autumn season starts with the autumn equinox and ends on the winter solstice. This year, in the UK, this is from September 25th to December 21st. What’s in season for you during these months depends on where you are. Here in the UK, autumnal produce includes (but is not limited to):
- Aubergines (eggplants)
- Brussels sprouts
This list goes on, but you get the general idea. Produce available in the autumn is hearty, mainly consisting of root vegetables, perfect for those cozy soups! There’s something so special about the produce of the autumn – baking pies with the apples and pears, going to pick your own pumpkin. You can make an event of it! That’s what I find so great about seasonal eating, is that you savour the fruits of each season so much more than you would otherwise.
Let’s take a look at what is NOT in season at this time of year (in the UK):
- Raspberries (unless they are autumn crop)
And once again, the list goes on! Produce may seem like it’s limited, but I assure you that autumn still provides us with an abundance of its own fruits and vegetables! To find out what’s in season near you, I recommend looking for online resources (these can be found by typing ‘seasonal fruits and vegetables’ into your search engine and then selecting your location. For you readers who live in the UK, here is one of the resources that I love using:
Of course the next question is then what to do with all of this seasonal produce?! I often have the same dilemma, so to make things simpler for you, I only ever post recipes with ingredients that are currently in season. Here are some of my favourite seasonal eating focused recipes that you can make this autumn:
(I will be adding to this list as I publish more recipes)
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I hope that this blog post has provided you with some new ideas for how to enjoy the autumn through food, and that you’re now a little more aware of the importance of seasonal eating and how it can benefit you greatly. If you have any questions, please ask me right away and I’ll be sure to get back to you (use the information in my contact page) or follow me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen to keep up with what we’re up to lately!
Thank you so much for reading and I hope the rest of your autumn is warm, safe, and healthy.