The team at TastyMoments want to know whether you have you considered the many benefits of shopping for food that is in season? Remind yourself of what is in season now and get excited already. Yum. We are so lucky to have an abundance of fruit and veggies in our country in summer. Also, have you ever considered which farms you should be buying your cheese from to help with job creation in your area? By supporting your community, you can directly contribute to the infrastructure and sustainability of the town in which you live.
Considering that more than 50% of the fresh produce that gets transported over long distances goes to waste and is discarded before it is bought, one would be wise to pause and think for a moment. A large percentage of the world’s population still goes hungry, and for that reason, the practice of flying in food from all over the world seems entirely unnecessary.
Add to that the fact that local produce is ripened on the farm and is therefore much fresher and tastier than imports; it is abundantly clear that local is, indeed, lekker. Locally grown products are much more affordable than imported fare. So, you will be well advised to check the country of origin labels before spending your hard-earned money on farmers thousands of miles away. What’s more, they could be there today and gone tomorrow while your local is likely to stay.
The supply of vegetables and proteins to foreign lands have a significant – but sometimes seemingly invisible – impact on our precious, precariously balanced planet. Unnecessary carbon emissions are created when these foods are delivered to their destinations. And more packaging and plastics are used to keep vegetables fresh during the journey. With the current globalised food system, it is also more difficult to know where, and especially how, foods are produced. Are they using ethical farming methods? Or are these considerations overruled by a pure profit motive?
So, what should you be looking to do this summer?
Here’s the plan: Book a Saturday morning session with your kids. Brief them ahead of time, let them invite a friend each and get the bottling jars ready. You are going to be making preserves of your in-season favourites so you can enjoy them all-year-round. Let them choose which jams, canned fruit and pickled vegetables they want to preserve. Then serve one of their ‘products’ with a Ital Pizza Classic. A double whammy. Yes.
If you need a recap, here is a list of what’s in season this summer:
Summer – December, January, February
Aubergines or Eggplants
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