Eat the Seasons: Fruit & Veg That’s in Season Now
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What’s in season now?
A menu focused on seasonal produce has never been so cool. But why is it so important to eat the freshest, most abundantly available produce there is? The answer is pretty simple – it’s better for everyone, from yourself to the farmers, and the planet as a whole. The less distance and time we put from the moment the vegetables are pulled from the ground to when they sit on our plates, means we are getting the best possible nutrition from our food, taking out the pesticides and preservatives.
July sees new appearances from blackberries, melons and peaches, while August is all about Mediterranean vegetables.
Fruit & Veg in Season for July/August
Fruit: Strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, blackberries (coming into season), blueberries, peaches (coming into season), melon (coming into season), cherries
Vegetables: Aubergines, broad beans, broccoli (in season from end of July), carrots, courgettes, cucumber (coming into season), fennel, pak choi, peas, peppers, rocket, sweetcorn (coming into season)
Fruit: Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, melon, nectarines (coming into season), peaches, raspberries, strawberries (end of season), tomatoes
Vegetables: Artichokes, aubergines, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, celery (coming into season) courgettes, cucumber, fennel, pak choi, peas, peppers, rocket, sweetcorn, watercress
Where to buy?
Although supermarkets are great and have become more organically conscious with places such as Whole Foods, the best way to ensure you’re getting the freshest of fresh is to head down to a farmers’ market. Country dwellers will be well aware of their closest market, but Londoners, fear not; there are plenty of options in town, too. These are some of the best:
Alexandra Palace Market
There is huge variety of fruit and veg, which is sourced from all over the country. Alexandra Palace Campsbourne School. Every Sunday from 10am-3pm. weareccfm.com
Marylebone Farmers’ Market
Quickest to get the new seasonal produce, you’ll be first to grab the just-in raspberries. Cramer Street Car Park. Every Sunday from 10am-2pm. lfm.org.uk
Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market
Full of fresh produce with a twist, this market possibly has the fanciest products around. Orange Square, Pimlico Road. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm. lfm.org.uk
This market is Britain’s best-known for a reason– with over 100 stalls, you’ll find everything you need and more. Southwark Street. Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. boroughmarket.org.uk
If you don’t have time to get down to the markets, check out our pick of the best seasonal fruit and veg boxes.