The new season can definitely be felt now…..the harsh heat of summer has gone and the nights are very much cooler. Even to the point of putting on pjs, dressing gown and knitted slippers well before ‘retiring time’.
Different seasons means different vegetables
And guess what’s on the menu for tonight? Yes, Brussel Sprouts! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussels_sprout
The sprout farm at Coldstream is picking !
It’s opened its sales to the public again, these lovely freshly picked little green bundles of joy are there on the road side stall by the farm gate all nicely packed ready to come home – and if the stall is bare you just ring the bell and one of the pickers comes down with some more.
I’m not enthralled by the plastic packaging, it’s a fairly slim strong bag which fits the purpose. Trouble is trying to contain those lumpy sprouts in soft plastic doesn’t work too well when they are sold a kilo a time. Plus these aren’t graded, unlike those that make their way from the farm to other places …..sold to national supermarket chains …..so it’ll be a mix of sizes. Which keeps the cost (to us) down There are times when after all the mark ups, sprouts aren’t the cheapest veg on the shelf, they do drop in price as more arrive. These that The Golfer picks up on his way to/from his 2nd home (oops…golf course) are a standard $5 a kilo all the time
So you win some – lose some as far as price is concerned
Straight from the paddock to the plate….that’s my idea of freshness. And that’s what counts for me.