What's in season: Summer

June 6, 2019

We've welcomed broad beans, courgette flowers and green and yellow courgettes to market. Don't miss the range of beautiful aubergines, peas, artichokes, basil, spring onions, fresh garlic, young carrots and so much more.

We're heading towards peak soft fruit season at markets. Very soon strawberries, and raspberries will be joined by blackcurrants, gooseberries, and blackberries. Some of you have asked about cherries; the season usually starts in July but with our ever changing weather, they could be earlier this year.

We'll soon have red and white currants, little jewels to decorate your cakes, and salads or eat off the stalk. These are swiftly followed by apricots, nectarines and peaches, the first gages and plums, more blackberries, and the first apples in August. 

We often hear people asking what gooseberries are; if you see a punnet don't pass up the opportunity; buy them and try them. If they're hard and green it's likely they'll be sour. Top and tail and cook them simply with a little water and sugar or elderflower cordial and eat when cold with yogurt or cream. Turn them into icecream, crumbles, tarts and sauces for oily fish. Leave them out to ripen and they'll become softer and sweeter. Red dessert gooseberries are more forgiving, being naturally sweeter. We've also heard that gooseberries can be turned into a very acceptable flavouring for gin!