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Go Golborne – Introducing Healthy Start Vouchers

Families who qualify for Healthy Start coupons can now use their vouchers at fruit and veg stalls on Portobello Road and Golborne Road, after market traders signed up to accept coupons.

Healthy Start is a national scheme that helps families achieve a healthy balanced diet, by providing vouchers for pregnant women and those with children under the age of four. Vouchers can be spent on milk, including infant formula, and plain, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables.

To raise awareness of local traders accepting vouchers, a promotional stall was organised by Go Golborne, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea market development team and Mytime Active in January.

Local Councillors visited during the day to meet traders, and passers-by were treated to giveaways, recipe ideas and samples of delicious dishes made using produce available from the market.

For more information visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk. For a map showing where each trader is located, visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/healthystart

What’s best right now? Fruit & Veg Calendar

Winter: Apples, beetroot, swede, sweet potato, celeriac, clementine. Sweet roots and veg for roasting will see you through the winter months.

Spring: Rhubarb, purple sprouting broccoli, lemons, leeks, cauliflower, grapefruit. Fresh spring ingredients make for zingy salads and pasta dishes. Stewed rhubarb with custard or yoghurt is a real treat!

Summer: New potatoes, peas, raspberries, strawberries, lettuce, tomato, radish, watercress. Fruit and veg at the height of the season hardly need preparing. A simple summer salad and ripe fruit to finish will be perfect.

Autumn: Kohlrabi, pumpkin, broccoli, blackberries, cavolo nero, plum. Think warming soups and sweet, earthy roasted veg, topped off with a pie or crumble.

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