Anolon Academy

Explore the farmers markets with Skye Craig

It’s 7am on a Sunday morning, the sun is shining and the markets are humming. Gorgeous aromas fill the air; fresh picked coriander, squeezed plump oranges, yummy organic Indian pakoras, gorgeous chai tea and freshly ground coffee. The markets are such a treat – foraging around for the ultimate yummy ingredient, from locals who produce food with the greatest sense of love and care.

There’s nothing better than rocking up to the markets, and allowing nature to inform you on what to cook. Finding some sensational fresh tangelos that are screaming out to be the hero of a luscious dessert, is the way forward for a weekend full of goodness for me.  Citrus is bountiful over Winter too, but the flavours seem to work so well as it warms over Spring.

Not only is an early morning adventure to the markets a juicy experience,  buying local, seasonal produce is a simple and truly rewarding way of avoiding imported, sometimes not so fresh food that can be rather taxing to the planet and your body.

While the term local may be flexible, the concept is simple. Buy produce as close to home as possible in order to create fewer miles on the food you eat, and thus reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll also support local farmers and producers, plus eat the freshest food available. So as you meander around your local farmers markets you can smile, knowing you have made a very clear vote for local, fresh, usually more sustainably produced food. That way, you can take care of your body while taking care of the planet.