The Market Year - May
Welcome to the May edition of The Market Year.
Finally, the weather has become kinder and the soft and flowery aromas of Spring are in the air. Time to enjoy all the green herbs and new salad vegetables which are now plentiful. Add them to your favourite recipes for a fresh and exciting flavour.
We expect the tender shoots of asparagus in May – because of our long winter, our local crop will be late this year but promises to be worth the wait!
Photograph: Carlotta Luke
If you come across a large cardboard box or a filing cabinet with a steady trickle of smoke emanating from it, chances are that David Stechler is close by.
David believes that his skill and care can be tasted in his product and that his smoked and cured gravelax salmon products are much more delicious than the mass-produced product on offer in the supermarkets. He is, of course, proud of his Honey Roast Smoked Salmon which earned him a Great Taste Gold award.
“The mass market stuff is produced mechanically. It’s very oily and very smoky. What I try to do is produced smoked food that is much less oily. And because I have more control of the process, I produce foods that have a more subtle, less oily flavour. With things like garlic the smoking process takes the harshness away, and it can do the same with strong cheese.”
At the Friday Market, David always has tasters of his full range of smoked foods so you can try before you buy. If you get hooked on the flavours then David now runs regular home-smoking courses. His next course in on 18th May.
You'll discover a whole new use for cardboard boxes! more...
More of Carlotta Luke's photographs of David Stechler can be found here...
In Season Now
Salad leaves, asparagus [late], herbs, cauliflower, cabbage, purple-sprouting broccoli, spinach, chard, green onions, wild garlic, rhubarb. Crab, dabs, plaice, gurnard, hake, sea bass, lemon sole, mussels, red mullet.
- Smoked Salmon Hash [serves 4]
- Asparagus Tray Tart [Serves 6 - 8]
- Spiced Chicken Livers with Buttered Spinach [serves 4]
- Green Spring Soup [serves 4 -6]
Lewes Food Market is run by Lewes Local Community Interest Company. It was founded to give the people of Lewes, and visitors, a unique opportunity to buy locally sourced fresh food products direct from the producers on a weekly basis.
Details of all the Lewes Food Market traders here...
See www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for help with wasting less food.
See www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk for exciting food news.
By buying local and eating food in season we are supporting and encouraging our local food producers. We can help them survive and multiply so that we are not so dependent on importing most of our food. With rising fuel costs, climate change affecting crops and constant international conflicts, importing is a risky business which can easily break down.