At this time of year I feel a bit like a squirrel, feeling the weather changing, the leaves turning but most of all like I need to can, freeze and store all the wonderful flavours coming off the local land for the long and cold winter ahead.
Storing fresh local garlic is number one, tomatoes come in handy all winter long for pizzas, pasta dishes and stews. Instead of roasting my red Sheppard peppers I clean, slice and freeze them. They make any tomato sauce even more delicious. Simple and easy to store, prepared by you.
Try freezing fresh local peaches, wild blueberries and nectarines. They are my girls favourite way to eat local fruit in the middle of winter. Whatever your favourite vegetable may be that you will miss the most; whether it be carrots, zucchini or fresh fruit, now is the time to savour that autumn flavour!
Try roasting your squashes, sweet potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with a touch of oil and sea salt. Enjoy the bounty that our local farmers have grown for us now, as it will not be long before it is all gone.
Live local and enjoy falling for Autumn like me!