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Here's what's in season at the farmers' market in December
A visit to the Farmers’ Market in December is the perfect way to get into the true spirit of Christmas. The sights, scents and sounds of the season are all present as you choose the best produce to enjoy at this special time of year. Get advice on the best way to cook your produce – it’s a world away from the scrum and trolley jams of the supermarket.
How about trying a new approach this year – maybe a haunch of venison, a goose or magnificent roast of rare breed beef or pork? Or keep with tradition and stick to turkey? You might be catering for smaller numbers so a pheasant or wild duck could be the best choice. For fish lovers fresh turbot or halibut are excellent choices and both very special for all kinds of celebrations. Whichever you choose, buying locally makes sense. You’ll also be supporting small local producers and have the satisfaction of caring for the environment too.
What to choose…
The colder weather following on from a warm and settled summer and early autumn means there is a real bounty of local produce available.
So why not make a feature of local produce for your Christmas entertaining this year?
Farmers' Markets have the whole gamut of produce from great meats, smoked salmon, vegetables and fruits complemented by local spirits and sparkling wine. Set these alongside award-winning cheeses, chutneys, Christmas cakes and puddings to have the basis of a real feast.
As well as all the traditional festive produce, you can also find plenty of specialty foods: for example, gammon or ham, specialty soups, local walnuts and Kentish cobnuts or homemade fudge and chocolates.
A few extra loaves of good bread tucked in the freezer for turkey sandwiches or to go with a bowl of soup will always be popular too.
Check your local market's webpage to find out about what's available and any arrangements for ordering in advance.
Each month a different farmers' market is featured in Kent Life Magazine along with a seasonal recipe made with local produce HERE>
Why buy seasonal food?