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Here's what's in season at the farmers' market in July
July really is the month to pay a visit to your local Farmersí Market. The full bounty of locally grown fruit, vegetables and other produce are at their peak. We are so lucky in Kent to have such beautiful countryside which is looking at its best so why not enjoy shopping and plan for a picnic or BBQ?
The flavours and textures will exceed anything you get at the supermarket. Summer leaves such as spinach, mixed salad leaves can be used in salads, sandwiches and with grilled and barbecued meats and fish. Look out for tender new potatoes combined with lovely summer herbs. Cherries are at their best now and far exceed the fluffy tasteless versions imported from other continents. Try them poached in red wine and served with vanilla ice cream or in a classic cherry pie enlivened with chopped fresh mint. You will find a different variety of strawberries than those available at supermarkets and again youíll soon realize why the supermarkets just canít compete!
For meat eaters local lamb is a now a good choice. A slightly more fatty cut such as shoulder cooks well cubed for kebabs whilst a whole butterflied leg is another BBQ champion ideal for serving at a large summer party.
As well as a variety of food producers, you will also find producers who make other quality products at farmers' markets. From handmade soaps, knitted goods and other craft items, farmers' markets provide an outlet for a wide range of locally made artisan products.
So, alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, locally reared meat and artisan food of all types, you will also find products to enhance your home and wardrobe at your local farmers' market!
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?