Sabrina Ghayour - why I love growing my own vegetables

Sabrina Portrait (c) Kris Kirkham

Sabrina Portrait (c) Kris Kirkham - Credit: Archant

Sabrina Ghayour reveals her favourite Yorkshire local produce and the satisfaction of growing your own vegetables.

Dividing my time and commute between London and Yorkshire since January hasn't been easy but it has been so rewarding. After the big chill and a blanket of brilliant white snow came the first glimpse of snowdrops which were rapidly joined by hyacinths, daffodils and then tulips.

Having never had a garden in my life, it has been exciting watching my beautiful Yorkshire garden evolve alongside the farms and fields in the local area.

What has really struck me about life in Yorkshire is how wonderful the local produce is and how diverse the offerings are. I have fallen head over heels in love with Haxby Bakehouse (a former Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Award winner) and their wonderful baked goods, my local butcher Hartley's in Tholthorpe for fantastic meat, Staal Smokehouse's smoked mackerel, salmon and chicken are house staples as are continental delights such as fiery Calabrian Nduja pork cheek and chilli spreadable salami made right here in Yorkshire by Lishman's

If that wasn't enough, just a few miles down the road from home is Shepherd's Purse making a fantastic Yorkshire Fettle, a brilliant local alternative to my beloved feta cheese and of course Yorkshire Dama the 'squeaky cheese' company that would comfortably thwart supermarket halloumi, hands down.

In my own garden I discovered a rather generous wild garlic patch along with a tiny, but yet very important single rhubarb plant and whilst the former has given me much culinary joy, the first real local produce that came into season for me was asparagus and it has been nothing short of - sensational.

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