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Food Minister urges shoppers to buy Irish Fruit and Vegetables in season

"September is a great month for new season Irish fruit and vegetables" said Mr Trevor Sargent T.D, Minister for Food and Horticulture.

The Minister said that the wet weather especially during June and July prevented planting. However fresh produce planted earlier has now ripened. Yields are a bit down, but the harvest is now in with new season, freshly picked locally grown produce in the shops, the taste is second to none.

"I urge shoppers to watch out for new locally grown carrots, brussels sprouts, leeks, parsnips, swedes, potatoes as well as apples which are all coming into season alongside Irish strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, peppers, scallions, tomatoes and turnips".

Concluding, Minister Sargent said "fresh local food tastes good and with less transport is also better for the environment. By supporting local producers, you're making an investment in the long-term viability of your own community".

7 September, 2007

Date Released: 07 September 2007