Spring is showing its shoots all around us and with the lovely stints of sunshine, its only looking up when it comes to farm-fresh produce and foragers treats. The arrival of spring brings with it the chance to prepare lighter vegetable dishes, marinate fish and cook more delicate meat dishes. There is a sudden abundance of new ingredients to forage for in the countryside and on your walks through the park. Wild garlic, three-cornered wild leeks, chervil, and alexander are coming into play this month which is very exciting when it comes to flavouring meats and making pestos!
Eating seasonally and locally is key to a sustainable lifestyle and in fact, they go intrinsically hand-in-hand given that you cant be eating locally if you aren't eating seasonally. Britain has an abundance of wonderful produce from vegetables to herbs, fish and meat - both wild and organically farmed. Have a look below at our guide to eating seasonally this early in the spring, including what you can order from The Store for delivery in London.
March is international Veggie Month! So there's no better time to tuck into the vibrant, delicious vegetables available to you.
In our £25 farm-fresh veggie box, we're including purple sprouting broccoli, savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, spring onions, rhubarb, baby potatoes, cauliflower and heritage carrots.
Coming into season at this time of year are also radicchio, spring greens, Bramley apples, and hopefully asparagus if the weather holds up!
You'll also find fresh fish in abundance with halibut, Dover sole, crab, lemon sole, monkfish, gurnard and brill all coming into to the docks and onto our plates.
With the lambing season coming up, our brother Gregory is very busy on the Sussex farm getting prepared for the first of the season's lamb offering. Free-range and sustainable, this hand-reared lamb is the best you can eat. Our lamb is grown slowly and instead of milk-fed lamb, we let them grow to a decent size naturally. The lambs spend six to twelve months on the meadow, growing slowly and developing flavour. You can purchase our meadow-fed Sussex lamb from The Store for delivery in London. Visit www.gladwinbrothers.com/shop
As keen foragers, we're always on the lookout for wild vegetables and herbs to add interest and flavour to our dishes. On a leafy lane in Spring, you're sure to find wild garlic - perfect for salads, salsas, or flavouring meat and fish. In the meadows young dandelion, also for fresh salads. If you're lucky enough to be by the ocean, pick yourself some sea spinach and lettuce plus cockles and whelks (all great in a seafood soup).
From February, we've been receiving fantastic Oxford Sandy and Black pork cuts from our Sussex farm. Have a look at our pork products on The Store from organic porchetta with wild garlic, to spiced sausages, cured pork belly and farmhouse bacon rashers.
As spring continues, the produce only becomes more exciting and we encourage you to embrace British produce in all its glory - your dishes will be miles better for it, without the miles of travel!