Seasonal Saturday

Seasonal Saturday is a simple idea: on the first Saturday of each month, get down to your local farmers’ market or independent green grocer to pick up some fresh, seasonal produce. Prepare a meal to share with your family or friends. Share your experience here. Invite others to participate.

How does it work?

A week before each Seasonal Saturday we’ll post details of what’s in season, along with a meal idea featuring seasonal fresh produce in Australia1. We encourage you to join us in a “virtual” meal, making the same recipe and sharing your experience in the comments of each post. What worked? What didn’t? Did you change the recipe? For better or worse? We’d also love to see a photo of the meal you made.

If you want to go your own way, we’d also love for you to participate. There’s just one guideline: that your meal feature (not just include) a seasonal produce item. Just drop a comment about what your seasonal meal was. Farmers’ market not open on Saturday? No probs, just share your experiences of the day that it is open.

Who’s it for?

Are you wanting to cook more fresh meals for yourself? Or just wanting to get down to the farmers’ market more regularly? Looking for some help in cooking a delicious meal based on fresh, seasonal produce? Or just wanting an excuse to have some friends over for dinner? Are you concerned about the supermarket duopoly and want to buy more from independent grocers?

Seasonal Saturday simply aims to create an “appointment” in your diary to help you achieve any one of those goals (or others, perhaps—we’d love to hear what motivates you). It’s aim is to make this process easy and simple, to help you achieve what you are hoping for.

Guidelines for Seasonal Saturday recipes

There’s only one real guideline for a Seasonal Saturday recipe—that is it must feature at least one in-season produce item (based on Australian seasons) and all other fresh produce in the recipe should also be in season.

There’s no rules about meat or no meat, mains vs. entrees, deserts. The featured produce can be vegetables, fruit, herbs or nuts.

So, for example, a chicken stirfry, where there is no featured fresh produce ingredient, wouldn’t make the cut. But a mushroom and tofu stirfry would (provided mushrooms were in season).

Is that it?

Yep. For the moment, at least… We’re hoping this is just a start. Of course, we’ve got a few ideas and plans to help add to the fun :) Like extending the prototype mobile seasonal produce guide. A web app to make it easier to participate (and be reminded of what’s coming up). But we’re starting small so we can get things off the ground, with an aim to grow things over time. If you think you might like to help with getting these ideas off the ground, though, we’d love to hear from you.

Who is this “we” you keep speaking of?

Seasonal Saturday grew out of chats (over food, of course) between Grant Young with Sharon Lee and Adriaan and Mei at infoding. Grant liked the idea and created Socoloco to explore some of the ideas and plans outlined above. A few friends will be chipping in too, with recipe ideas for Seasonal Saturday and the like.

If you are interested in helping out in any way (e.g. to expand our database to include seasonal produce and recipes for your country; or to help out with development of the site, for example) Grant would love to hear from you.

  1. We’re starting off in Australia because we live here. But if you’d like to help make Seasonal Saturday happen in your country, please get in touch.