FOOD BY REBECCA OLDFIELD
I love nothing better than heading off to the Garden Centre on a Sunday, and our local has just opened its own farm shop. Hurrah! Organic, local produce is much more affordable than you might imagine, so read on to find out what I bought today and what I’ve got cooking!
Where I shop
Rigg’s Farm Shop @ Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Rochdale Road, Walsden, Todmorden OL14 7TJ – Twitter: @RiggsFarmShop
My Favourite Produce
Smoked Garlic – that extra oomf of flavour for your dishes.
Duck Eggs – bigger yolks and a fuller, richer flavour than chickens’ eggs.
An Average Shopping List
I spend approx £20 a week on fresh produce. That will make a whole weeks’ meal plan which works out at £2.80 per day! When you consider that your supermarket meal-deal costs £3, and that I can make 3 whole meals a day for the same or less, you’d be crazy not to buy local. Better for you, the farmer and the planet.
Today’s shopping list below, for a not-so-grand total of £20.19.
What I Cook
On a Sunday I spend 2-3 hours in the kitchen preparing food for the week. It’s nice to get cooking straight away when your produce is at its freshest. Here’s what I’ve prepared today:
Sweet Potato and Courgette Eggy Breakfast Muffins. A favorite recipe from the IQuitSugar program. These are quick to batch-cook on a Sunday so you can just grab ’em and go for the rest of the week. You can think of so many combinations, just grate all your veggies; whisk your eggs; add salt, baking powder, and ground almonds; and away you go! Bake for 25 – 30 mins and they’re done.
Creamy Green Quinoa Risotto with rainbow tomato salsa. Utilising the fresh courgettes I picked up today, this literally takes 15 minutes to cook. Quick, fresh, tasty
Why Shop Locally?
Your Health – buying organic, locally sourced produce means that you know your food is the freshest it can be (because it hasn’t traveled far to get to you) and it isn’t covered in harmful chemical pesticides.
Your Local Economy – Invest in your local economy and keep small businesses going by buying from the Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker down the street. This helps businesses to flourish, who in turn give back to the community by creating jobs.
Your Carbon Footprint – if your food has traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to get to your plate, it means that it has used a mass of carbon to do so and in the process has contributed to the pollution of our atmosphere. Cut back on air miles and keep your food as carbon neutral as possible by getting it from local vendors.