Ever since reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, in which she documents her family’s year of eating locally in the US, I’ve been entertaining the idea of eating only Irish food for a year. Could I really live without chocolate, pasta, rice, ginger, oranges, pepper, spices, avocados and all the other imported delights I enjoy?

And really, why bother? Yes, I am concerned about food miles. It makes me sad that food that lands on our plates has travelled thousands of miles just to be eaten by us. But it is about more than that. My partner and I have a garden and polytunnel in our home outside Ballybunion, Co Kerry. We grow most of our own food. We are privileged in that we know how delicious fresh vegetables taste when they are picked straight before mealtime…

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