It is amazing what a bit of sun can do.
After years of gloom, Scotland's farmers are feeling positive. Not only has spending a summer with the sun on their backs left them feeling better about life, the harvest is looking positive too. Months of sustained warm weather mean a bumper autumn harvest is predicted.
This is good news for farmers, clearly, but it is good news for consumers too. Already, we have enjoyed some wonderfully sweet Scottish strawberries and raspberries but there is more to come for fans of Scottish produce. This year's potato crop, for example, is likely to be larger and of better quality than last year. There is also an abundance of brambles across the country.
This means two things for consumers. First, we can all get out and about and take a share of the wonderful natural crop of wild berries and fruit and maybe even make some jam like granny used to do.
Second, we can all put our principles into practice on food miles. Not only will this year's harvest hopefully mean that Scotland will need to import much less food, with so much delicious local produce to come, there has never been a better year than this year to check those labels and eat local.
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