The What's In Season Campaign
In Tasmania, we’re lucky to have a wide variety of delicious food available throughout the year. Eating seasonally is a tasty, affordable, and nutritious way to enjoy Tasmanian produce at home, every day.
Why eat what’s in season?
Eating in-season food means it is generally in peak supply, so likely to be available at a lower price than at other times during the year. How to shop in season? Look out for supermarket specials, visit your local farmer’s markets and talk to the producers about what’s in season.
Ever considered the journey your food makes from paddock to plate? When you buy seasonal Tasmanian food, you help reduce ‘food miles’. Food miles refers to the distance and energy taken to transport and process your food. Buying seasonal Tasmanian food is better for the planet, as it’s grown in your community, by your community. Only about 22% of all the food produced in Tasmania is distributed and eaten in Tasmania. We can do much better than that!
When you buy seasonal Tasmanian food you are supporting Tasmanian growers, producers, and value-adders. Buying produce from farmers markets is an easy way to ensure your food is locally grown. When shopping in supermarkets, most fresh fruit and veggies will have a sticker or a sign telling you where it is produced – look for the “Grown in Tasmania” label or ask a shop assistant.
Research tells us that when we focus on what’s in season, we eat more fruit and veg. Along with placing more fresh produce on our plates, eating seasonally means we’re eating food when it’s at its freshest and most nutrient-dense—ask any chef, food tastes better when in season!
So what’s in season for Autumn?
Autumn brings with it an abundance of delicious fruits and veggies. Apples and pears are perfect for picking along with rhubarb. Root vegetables such as pumpkin and parsnips are in season, and leafy greens like kale and spinach.
If you’re not sure what’s seasonally available in Tasmania, we’ve created handy pocket guides that you can save to your phone and whip out next time you’re at the shop or market.
You can find and download them here.
Follow @EatWellTasmania on social media for recipe inspiration, tips & tricks using Tasmanian produce.
Share your creations with us, too, using the hashtag #whatsinseason We’d love to see what you create!