Spring is here and that means a whole new selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables will be hitting our local markets. Our lovely designer, Julia Stora, has created a beautiful fresh food guide for spring, you can download a printable A3 version here.
Have you ever wondered how the fruits and veggies at your local grocery store always look much the same in December as they do in July? Modern food processing and worldwide distribution have made this possible, and as a result, it's easy for us to forget about seasons when we eat.
We wanted to highlight some of the incredible benefits you receive from eating seasonally and locally.
In-season produce is fresher and tastes better, sweeter and perfectly ripe. When food is not in season locally, it’s either grown in a greenhouse or shipped in from other parts of the world, and both can affect the taste.
When transporting crops, they must be harvested early and refrigerated so they don’t spoil during transportation; chilling can reduce the flavor. Then, when they get to their destination they then may need to be heated to artificially ripen the produce before it goes onto the shelves, this can greatly reduce the flavour and change the texture. Think of a dark red, vine-ripened tomato still warm from the summer sun and compare it with a winter hothouse tomato that’s barely red and lacking in juicy flavour.
If you buy locally, you'll have a better chance at getting foods that are seasonal and fresh, and you're also supporting the local farmers and businesses in your community. Numerous studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally or internationally owned businesses, more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economy in your community. To put it simply, when you support local agriculture, you're supporting your neighbours instead of large corporations.
So, shop at a nearby farmer's market or co-op, or if you are too busy, there are plenty of fresh food delivery services in Australia that deliver local produce right to your door. Many of those farms and businesses are also likely offer organic or sustainable options if you're looking for them.
When produce is in-season locally, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive. Think about it. When farmers are harvesting a large abundance of produce due to the crop being in-season, the cost will go down because supply is up. When produce is locally sourced because it’s in-season, travelling expenses and storage costs are reduced. It’s the basic law of supply and demand, and it's great to think you can pay less for delicious food that is locally grown.
We can't help but let the designer in us out. Fresh produce is beautiful and should be put on display. Grab a gorgeous fruit bowl and show off the freshness! Whether it's displayed in your kitchen or on your dining room table, your produce will make your home feel warm and lively.
Our Ultimate Fruit Bowl is perfect for storing all of your fruits and veggies after a trip to your local market. It's 40 cm in diameter, so you can fit a week's worth of produce for the entire family!