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Here's what's in season at the farmers' market in February
Though it may not seem like it, the days are starting to lengthen! Which means the growing season canít be far away. February is a month for some serious comfort eating.
Lemon sole, halibut, skate and turbot are all good at this time of year and scallops come in at the end of the month. For meat eaters, game is an excellent choice for seasonal healthy eating Ė it is lean and full of flavour so cook it simply on the griddle or quickly stir-fried, venison, guinea fowl, wood pigeon, partridge are all good in February. However serious comfort eaters should try slow cooked mutton for its rich flavour or pork. Itís an old fashioned taste that we can all appreciate over its blander modern mass produced cousins!
Serve your meat with the best of all the cabbages and brassicas that are around now. Savoy cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts and purple sprouting broccoli. All work perfectly in stir fries and curries, or serve them simply shredded and steamed tossed with a little seasoning and a dash of our cold pressed rapeseed oil. Main crop potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips and turnips provide the starch that keeps us going in the cold so mash them together to go with your game dishes.
Local fruit is sparse but there are still apples to be enjoyed Ė the storing varieties keep well until April so make sure to go on buying local when you see them. The flavour is still sweet and fragrant for many crops.
Donít forget pancakes for Shrove Tuesday on the 25th February!!
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?