Do you enjoy bowls of blueberries for breakfast in winter?
Do you buy beautiful blooms of flowers when there’s frost still on the ground?
Same… but sadly all these activities have a significant environmental footprint because enjoying produce out of season means one of two things:
- It’s travelled thousands of miles from places where the climate is right.
- It’s been intensively produced locally with a high carbon footprint.
Of course it’s not always possible to buy local and seasonal produce but at this time of year it is – so lets make the most of it!
One of the most popular ways to do this is to visit local farmers markets where you can reconnect with local food and local food suppliers.
But I like to take things one step further by visiting the farm myself and picking my own produce!
Whenever I’m in Suffolk in summer I visit the Friday Street Farm where they grow both raspberries and deliciously plump strawberries like these …
And a few weekends ago I visited Writtle Sunflowers in Essex for the first time (although they’ve been going for over 10 years!) where they grow beautiful sunflowers and wildflowers for picking.
But what I loved (even more than sitting in a field of wildflowers – imagine!) was seeing how much wildlife the flowers attracted with bees and butterflies everywhere we looked.
In fact this farm is right next to a main road so it really does attract wildlife in one of the most unlikeliest of places.
Like these happy bumble bees!
And this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly that loved the Zinnia flowers.
Of course I also got to come away with my own hand picked bunch of flowers which took pride of place at home!
There’s something really rewarding about PYO farms and while there’s a small seasonal window for picking your own produce, the time is now so get out there and get picking – enjoy!
For those of you that don’t know where your nearest PYO farm is then you can use this handy tool.