Is Autumn in the air?

Sept. 10, 2018

It's not quite Autumn but there's definitely a nip in the air! Whether it's sunshine or showers, produce is plentiful, colourful and very early this year.

There is an abundance of corn on the cob, tomatoes, green beans, runner beans, aubergines, peppers, and much, much more. Plums, from Victorias to damsons and Greengages are at market; make the most of their relatively short season by buying as much as you can and freezing  the surplus for winter crumbles, jams, sauces, relishes and whatever your imaginations can conjure up.

Malcolm Stone in orchard

Apples and pears are here; if you usually buy your fruit from the supermarket you'll be amazed by the choice of varieties, flavours and textures of apples at our markets. The fruit is freshly harvested, direct from the farm to you. Later in the season fruit is stored to keep it in peak condition, but at this time of the year it's straight from the tree. You could eat a different variety every day of the year and never get bored.

Winter squash have just started. Don’t waste anything; skin (when roasted), flesh and seeds are all edible. 

Plenty of varieties including the popular Butternut squash, Onion squash, Spaghetti squash, Acorn squash, and Crown Prince, Harlequin, Red Kiri, Green Cabucha, Sweet Lightening and Confection.

Game season has begun.

Game for sale includes pheasant and partridge in season, to rabbit, wild duck, teal, snipe and venison. Ask at market for advice on cooking.

Winter Squash