Being plant-based, this winter has been a long one for me. I’ve stuck to my pledge to only buy British produce when I do my grocery shopping, but it has been hard. Most years, November to April is tough because few crops grow here at that time of year. This year, the long cold winter combined with bad weather last summer means that we’ve had even less. As nice as our home-grown, organic fruit and veg is, I’m a bit fed up with potatoes, carrots, apples and pears.
Imagine my excitement yesterday when I went to the market and saw salad crops on sale for the first time in six months. It may have only been a few tiny radishes and some even smaller spring onions, but it was still salad.
Today, I got an even better surprise when I went to the supermarket to pick up some fruit. At first I was a little disappointed, as they didn’t even have any British apples. I was about to pick up a second bag of pears when I noticed some little Union Jack stickers in the salad section.
Now, I have some delicious orange and green peppers and cucumber to go along with my pears for snacks this week at work.
Is it crazy that I get so excited about fresh produce?