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What's in season: February

Eat the best produce this month.

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January was the longest month ever, but we got through it and February has finally arrived, bringing sunny skies, cool temperatures and blustery winds along with it.

If you're still on a health kick, like we are, then you'll want to include lots of fresh veggies in your diet this month. They're always at their best when in season, so now is the perfect time to introduce some new flavours to your food. 

Due to the fluctuating temperatures we've been experiencing over the past year, seasonality has gone a bit awry, with a lot of fruit and vegetables coming into season a lot earlier than usual. This may mean that they will go out of season earlier too, so make sure to use what you can while it's still available.

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What's in season:

  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage (red, savoy, white)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cavolo nero 
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Curly parsley
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Round lettuce
  • Sage
  • Swede
  • Thyme

What's going out of season:

  • Turnip

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What to forage:

  • Dilisk
  • Kelp
  • Kombu
  • Rock samphire
  • Scurvy grass
  • Sea beet
  • Sea grass
  • Sea lettuce
  • Sea purslane
  • Sea radish

What to plant:

  • Artichokes
  • Aubergine
  • Broad beans
  • Celery
  • Celeriac
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

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Why Buy In Season

Seasonality is so important because it helps you make sure you're getting the best out of the produce that's available to you. Our farmers and growers around the country strive year-round to make sure that the food that reaches us is of the best quality possible, so it makes sense to ensure you buy at the right time. Food markets and farmers' markets are great resources to help make sure you buy in season as the stallholders usually stock the best of the best. Some of our favourite markets are on in the following places:

  • People's Park Market, Dún Laoghaire, Sundays 10.00-16.00

  • Clonakilty Market, Cork, Fridays 9.00-14.00

  • The Village Market, Galway, Tuesdays 10.00-18.00

  • Dingle Farmers' Market, Kerry, Fridays 9.00-15.00

  • Market Square, Portlaoise, Fridays 10.00-15.00

  • Red Door Market, Limerick, Saturdays 10.00-15.00

  • Mayo Castlebar Farmers Market Fridays 9.00-18.00

  • Local Food Market, Meath, Saturdays 10.00-14.00

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