We love spring! This bright and uplifting season gives us longer days, warmer weather and blooming trees, not to mention a fresh range of produce to enjoy. Behind us are the days of heavy winter stews and hearty pies. Spring greens, sweet berries and seasonal meat and fish will inspire you this spring.
With an abundance of seasonal ingredients to behold, there’s no better place than the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market to discover the best food that Scotland has to offer. Market-goers can take full advantage of opportunities for fresh flavours and new recipes. Not only can you rest easy knowing that your food hasn’t travelled far and will taste fantastic, but you’re also supporting Scottish farmers – the champions of fresh and local produce. Does it get any better than that?
Knowing what to buy and when to buy it can be daunting, especially when there is so much available to us in supermarkets. But eating local and in-season food has some real benefits.
Because local crops are seasonally grown, they are often abundant and therefore less expensive. You’ll benefit financially by purchasing what’s in season now.
Most of us aren’t five-star chefs and the pressure to create amazing food can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to be an expert to achieve great flavour. Every meal starts with a simple ingredient and the freshness of that ingredient is fundamental to the finished product, no matter how simple or complicated the recipe may be.
When we think fresh, we think seasonal, and local! Produce transported from faraway lands doesn’t always have the chance to fully ripen as it would in its natural environment. This can sometimes result in some of the flavour being lost by the time it reaches your plate. Think of a freshly-picked bright red strawberry - plump, juicy and sweet. Compare that to a small strawberry that’s under-ripe, hard in texture and lacking in flavour. I know which one would taste better on top of a colourful pavlova.
To sum up: when you buy locally and seasonally you save money, get the best from your food and support your farmers. Knowing what to buy doesn’t have to be difficult. There are some great resources available like Greener Scotland and Love Food Hate Waste that offer a wealth of advice as well as plenty of inspiring and seasonal recipes.
Perhaps the best resource of all is the farmers themselves. So don’t be shy and come along to the market for a friendly chat.
Spring is in the air and we can look forward to an even more diverse range of produce at the market. The warmer weather also brings with it music and entertainment.
Eat local, eat in season. We look forward to seeing you at the market!