As the warmth of spring envelops us, nature’s bounty flourishes, offering an abundance of delicious and nutritious foods waiting to be savoured. At Happy Journeys, we believe in celebrating the seasonal delights that each time of year brings, not only for the sake of their taste but also for the well-being of our planet and our health, particularly that of our young ones.


Firstly, seasonal fruit and veg will always taste fresher, lovelier, sweeter, and riper. When that piece of fruit or veg has naturally ripened and has been harvested at the right time, it will have sacks more nutritional content and flavour too. When overseas crops have been imported, usually they have been harvested early and then chilled so they travel well. However, when they are refrigerated, this reduces the flavour. Before they even make it to the supermarkets, they’re often kept at a holding house where they’re heated so that they can complete the ripening process. This, of course, is artificial and doesn’t yield the same quality, flavour, or texture.

No Nasties:

When fruit and veg have been imported, you just can’t guarantee what’s happened to them after they’ve been picked! Regulations for pesticides and herbicides vary drastically. Here in the UK, we’re pretty good, but there are loads of countries, even those within Europe, that have relaxed laws about chemicals being sprayed on fruits and vegetables.

Planet Friendly:

Eating seasonally reduces the demand for out-of-season produce, which further supports more local produce and promotes local farming in your area, which in turn, means less transportation, refrigeration, hothouses, and irradiation of produce. However, it’s easy to lose track of what’s ‘in’ and what’s out of season. So below is a list of seasonal foods for the summer!

Health Benefits for Young Children:

For young children, whose developing bodies require a wide range of nutrients for growth and development, eating seasonally can have profound effects on their health. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants necessary for supporting their immune system, cognitive function, and overall well-being. By introducing them to a diverse array of seasonal foods from an early age, we instill healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.

Tips for Incorporating Seasonal Foods:

  • Visit local farmers’ markets or join a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program to access a variety of seasonal produce.
  • Get creative in the kitchen by trying out new recipes that highlight seasonal ingredients.
  • Involve children in meal preparation and encourage them to explore different fruits and vegetables.
  • Preserve the season’s bounty by freezing, canning, or pickling surplus produce for enjoyment throughout the year.

This summer, let’s embrace the abundance of seasonal foods that nature has to offer. By choosing to eat seasonally, we not only nourish our bodies with wholesome goodness but also contribute to a more sustainable food system for future generations to enjoy. Let’s embark on a culinary journey filled with freshness, flavour, and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the season.

At Happy Journeys, we’re committed to promoting sustainable living and healthy eating habits for families everywhere. Join us in enjoying the flavours of summer and nurturing a brighter, greener future for our planet and our children.