The festive season is upon us and as we prepare to get together with family and friends, there’s a delightful opportunity to make our meals not just delicious, but also more sustainable. Wherever you are in the world, embracing local and seasonal produce can transform your Christmas dinner into a celebration of fantastic flavours!
No matter your location, choosing local produce for your Christmas feast carries a significant impact. It supports nearby farmers and businesses, reduces the carbon footprint associated with long-haul transport of our food and ensures you enjoy the freshest ingredients.
Discover local suppliers: Farm Retail Association in the UK
In the UK, the Farm Retail Association provides a fantastic resource to connect with local suppliers. Visit their website https://farmretail.co.uk/ to explore a variety of farm shops and discover the wealth of local produce available in your area. There will be equivalent organisations and websites in your areas, so simply get searching!
Seasonal vegetables to brighten up your plate:
- Brussels Sprouts: These mini-cabbages are a Christmas dinner staple, whether you love or loathe them! Did you know that Brussels sprouts belong to the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbage, broccoli, and kale?
- Carrots: Roasted, glazed or mixed into hearty stews, carrots add colour and sweetness to a festive meal. They are also a great source of beta-carotene, promoting good eye health.
- Parsnips: Often roasted to caramelised perfection, parsnips bring a sweet and nutty flavour to the Christmas table. Plus, they’re an excellent source of fibre and vitamin C.
- Chestnuts: Whether nestled in stuffing or roasted as a standalone treat, chestnuts are synonymous with the season. Fun fact: Chestnuts are low in fat and rich in antioxidants.
- Red Cabbage: A vibrant addition to the plate! A red cabbage is not only visually appealing, but also packed with nutrients, including vitamin C and fibre.
Choosing local and seasonal produce not only benefits the environment and local communities, but also enhances the quality and taste of your festive meals. Embrace the unique flavours and textures of the season and let your Christmas dinner become a celebration of both tradition and sustainability, so cheers to a festive and flavourful Christmas!
From all the Eat Farm Now team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!