The beauty of farmers' markets are the wonderful selection of really fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. Not everything is available throughout the year, as one crop finishes another one starts adding excitement to your weekly shop. This means you get to cook with produce when it tastes the best, but you won't always be able to pick up strawberries or spinach to cook your favourite recipes. Plan your meals around what's at market. The table below can help you with what's available throughout the year.
Duck and goose eggs are in season from February to June and in September. We have tomatillos and okra
from one farmer, and callalloo from another. Aylesbury ducks are available all year (from the last
remaining producer in the country). Native oysters come to market from September.
Once you get to know a farmers' market, shopping and cooking with the seasons is fun and simple. Don't
fret about what's in season when. Just look for the best-looking produce. If you don't know how to cook
it, ask the farmer, or the person next to you in the queue.
It's much more sociable than the supermarket!
Scapes are the flowering stem of any hardneck garlic variety such as Elephant Garlic. They are in season in May for about 6 weeks only.
Can you believe that this year marks the 5th anniversary of West Hampstead farmers market? Thank you so much for your support; we hope that you
keep enjoying the market for another 5 years.
You may have seen very early strawberries for sale at some markets, on Fiveways Fruit Farms stall. Julian Mead explains.
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