American poet William Bryant, described autumn as, ‘the year’s last, loveliest smile’, words which echo throughout kitchens of Britain, as autumn welcomes the arrival of comfort food.
From casseroles, sticky puddings and roast partridge, to venison, tomato and apple chutney, the list is endless. No other nation celebrates autumn quite like the British. Our inspirational ingredients inspire creativity and passion and what’s more, the farmers’ markets offer an ideal way to explore autumn’s larder for foodies.
Visit England recently released figures exposing just what a foodie nation we’ve become. Statistics reveal 13 million day visits last year involved a trip to a food festival or farmers’ market, with, 26.2 million of us wanting to go to a food festival this year.
Autumn is without doubt the season of colour. I read somewhere, the more colourful the fruit and veg, the more they are packed with disease fighting phytochemicals. For example, pumpkins and squash are not only delicious, but loaded with antioxidants including numerous nutrients and fiber.
Another plentiful and sustainable addition to autumn’s menu is game, and I’m never sure why we don’t eat more. Game is a delicious and healthy alternative to many other red meats. A favorite dish is venison casserole, low in fat and cholesterol, venison from Deer & Dexter, is high in protein, low in saturated fatty acids, containing higher levels of iron than most red meats.
Pheasant and partridge also contain a high level of iron, protein, vitamin B(6) and selenium, which helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. That’s all comforting to know, but truth is, there’s nothing like a slow-cooked pheasant, from Durham Venison & Game, with wild mushrooms and hearty root vegetables to appreciate the true taste of autumn.
Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market is reconnecting consumers with their local producers, encouraging local trade, giving local consumers fresher, cheaper, and more accountable food. We hope November’s market puts a lovely smile on your face too.