Why local seasonal food is best – we talked to the fabulous Bucksum team

Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts growing in the field

Brussel sprouts, parsnips, roast potatoes, red cabbage … it’s no coincidence that these are the foods we all expect to see on our plates for our traditional Christmas dinner. These are the foods that are in season in the UK at this time of year (and isn’t the brussel sprout plant spectacular!) Whether growing your own or buying from your local farm shop, sourcing your food locally is the best way to cut down on waste – and up the taste!

Through their Bucksum farm shop in Long Crendon, Tracy and David provide local, seasonal fruit and veg all year round, much of it grown on the land next to their farm shop. They also provide their customers with recipes for their seasonal produce.

Just a few reasons why local, seasonal food makes sense:

  • lower food miles reducing CO2 emissions
  • fresher food tastes better and contains more nutrients
  • more variety, as small, local farms offer variety of organic and heirloom products
  • supports local economy
  • creates community and connection, by getting to know local growers
  • less or no packaging, and no need for chemical preservatives
  • lower cost.

We’re sure you’ve got Christmas Day food sorted, so below Tracy and David share a couple of ideas for seasonal mid-week suppers:

David makes seasonal lasagne
Tracy makes beetroot burgers

And in this film Tracy gives us an exclusive tour around her kitchen, giving some more seasonal eating ideas and showing how they preserve the flavours of summer to keep them going through the winter months:



Bucksum, Shabbington Lower Farm, Long Crendon HP18 9EU