After the cold weather of winter, there's nothing better than celebrating spring with delicious seasonal ingredients!
April marks the start of barbecues and picnics with friends and is the perfect time of year to try different dishes whilst the weather is cooler in the evenings, meaning you can have the oven on for longer without feeling like you need to have all the windows open.
One of our favourite seasonal treats to enjoy is English Aparagus! Traditionally, the British asparagus season runs from St George’s Day through to Summer Solstice giving us a brief eight and a half weeks to enjoy this delicious crop.
Currently, we've got English asparagus in the farm shop and our homegrown crop should be available in the next few weeks.
Whilst cheese isn't typically considered a seasonal food, the time of year does have an effect on a cheese's flavour and texture! Spring in particular is a prime time for a lot of cheese as it marks the dairy herd going back out to pasture. This means they're soaking up the sun and dining out on fresh grass which transforms their milk into a form of liquid gold. Brie de Meaux, in particular, is known for its superb flavour in spring to early summer.
Local honey has long been considered a hayfever remedy, it's thought that the honey is rich in local pollen which will help to alleviate symptoms. But aside from the potential benefits, you might be surprised by the taste of local honey. Each hive is full of unique flavours based on location and the season. We have a few Orton hives (who produce the honey pictured above) down at the farm, the bees from the hive help to pollinate our famous strawberries and raspberries!