The Fork2Fork Seasonality Calendar Here’s your easy to use guide to find out what’s in season and when. Eating seasonally means you get produce at its peak, when it tastes best, at its best price, without costing the earth. Why not visit your local farmers’ market or farm shop to find seasonal and local fruit and veg at its peak or join a box scheme to get seasonal produce delivered direct to your door? Use the key to identify what’s in season and when.
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Farmers’ markets and farm shops have a reputation for offering a variety of produce. Where else can you buy bison or wild boar burgers?
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What could be more convenient than popping round the corner to your local farmers’ market? Why not buy some eggs at your nearest farm gate or farm shop?
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Recent research revealed that local markets can prove competitively priced compared to supermarkets.
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Better for the environment — less food miles and waste
Cutting out the middleman allows producers increased financial returns.
When buying direct and local, food miles are cut to a minimum which is good for the environment. Most produce is loose which means overall packaging is reduced significantly.
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Buying fresh, direct and local allows you to ask the producer questions. You can be sure of how it’s produced and where it comes from.
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By directly supporting your local producers and farmers today you are helping to ensure the future of producers and farmers in your community.
Direct meat, veg and fruit is among the freshest you are ever likely to buy.
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10 reasons to buy fresh, direct and local
Well-managed farms provide ecosystems as the farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities.
Conserving a sense of community and tradition
The relaxed, community feel of farmers’ markets make them popular social occasions.
Meanwhile, be sure to pledge your support to buy locally and direct at www.fork2fork.org.uk. Pledgers can take part in the exclusive Fork2Fork monthly competition.
For seasonal recipes and to find out where to buy local and direct visit www.fork2fork.org.uk
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