Food delivered straight from plot to plate is the freshest, healthiest and most delicious food you’ll ever eat. With an allotment, veg patch, or even just a couple of window boxes, you can grow your own meals and live your version of the good life. Whether you’re just starting out, or are already a seasoned plot-to-plater, here are nine excellent Instagrammers you’ll want to follow.
‘Zero food miles and knowledge that no chemicals have been used, results in seriously tasty seasonal produce. There are so many reasons to grow your own!’ writes GB, the allotmenter behind @locallyseasonal. And she should know – her Instagram feed is full of delicious meals including wild garlic and potato soup, fruit leather, and a dozen-and-one ideas for pea shoots.
In the four years since first taking on her allotment in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB’s plot has tripled in size and her food-growing knowledge has skyrocketed. Follow her Instafeed for seven reasons to eat food that’s in season and learn how to take back control of the food you eat.
Like the sound of breakfast pancakes served with homemade lemon curd and pale yellow primroses from the garden? How about onion, leek and bay soup served with sourdough toast and a glass of home-pressed dry cider? Hearty and wholesome food like this is beautifully prepared and photographed by The Seasonal Table.
Tom and Kathy are to thank for this dreamy Instafeed – two smallholders who have escaped the London rat race to follow their country-living dream. They now share a cottage, orchard and vegetable garden in rural Somerset with chickens, bees and some very cheeky geese.
‘Fancy a fresh and fruity way to prepare your sprouts?’ ask Sophie and Ade, AKA Agents of Field. Enter the bright and crunchy Brussel Sprout slaw, pictured above. Agents of Field has one mission: to save the planet ‘one forkful at a time.’ Follow this feed for inspiration on sustainable living from horticulturalist Ade, and more great recipes from chef Sophie.
With elderberry syrup to soothe you through colds and flu, and delights such as pumpkin and apple cake to provide post-gardening sustenance, there’s inspiration and comfort to be found in this Instagram account.
‘Fermenting is a perfect way of preserving seasonal gluts, bringing some colour & umami into winter meals and providing your gut with a microbial top up,’ says @rivercottagehq. This is the official Insta of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s real-food mecca on the Devon and Dorset border.
From historical marmalade tasting – trying out ‘Ancient Greek-inspired honey fermented marmalade’ and a ‘4th-century quince and white pepper’ version – to pickling beets and fermenting seaweed, the team of clever chefs at River Cottage are experts in turning harvest into heaven.
‘You just can’t beat coming back into the house (or shed!) to a nice hot bowl of soup. Especially when it’s one you made yourself using home-grown vegetables,’ writes Katie of Lavender and Leeks. Join her as she works her allotment and turns her produce into healthy, wholesome food.
‘No need to wait for the blackberries, did you know you can eat bramble buds! Pick the small ones, the larger ones can be a bit chewy,’ advises Matt Vernon of Cornish Wild Food. Matt doesn’t have a plot as such. Nature is his pantry, and foraging is his art.
Working the Cornish coast, he is the expert in uncovering and cooking hedgerow treats. Try his wild saag aloo – made with three-cornered leeks and a sauce from the seeds of alexander, hogweed, rock samphire and wild fennel.
As a no-dig gardening guru, Stephanie Hafferty loves growing and cooking with seasonal, plant-based food. She’s a master of thrift and invention: ‘I make delicious plant based, affordable, seasonal healthy food (we worked out that a lunch of 16 different dishes plus homemade bread cost around 60p a head for 20 people!).’
Follow her bright and beautiful Instafeed for a thousand sensational salad ideas and advice on canning, dehydrating, making jams and chutneys, wine, oils, and a whole host of interesting alcoholic potions and vinegars from your homegrown produce.
‘Cake always tastes better when it’s still warm from the oven and never lasts long in our house,’ writes Kate, a true country girl from Norfolk. Her Instagram, a_countrylife, charts the daily highs and lows of living in and from the countryside.
Kate describes herself as ‘always cooking’. So, alongside images of her adventures, including her beautiful cattle and friendly farm cat, you can guarantee there’s plenty of cake – including a rather delicious Seville-orange tart.
‘Can’t beat a hot cup of coffee on a cold day at the allotment,’ writes The Allotment Cook. Situated in glorious South Devon, @theallotmentcook posts pictures of veg growing successes and the resulting culinary masterpieces.
Just looking at this Instafeed is enough to make your mouth water. From leek risotto with smoked garlic and kale puree, to plum and nectarine pastry pinwheels, or potato curry – everything (apart from the rice) has been picked that day on the plot. There’s something to suit all tastebuds here!
We hope you’ve been inspired to get more from your plot onto your plate. If you post any of your homegrown meals on Instagram, we’d love you to share them with us.