Season and Produce Information - August

Fruit

Taste the sunshine - Spanish melons offer exceptional value this month, very sweet and juicy!

The homegrown cherry season will soon be over (boo) so please make the most of them whilst they are still available.

August is prime time for peaches, nectarines and apricots (when the sun shines!)

Locally grown British plums are now in season with the queen of plums ‘Victoria’ available mid way through the month.

Soon to arrive ....... Turkish black figs, they taste wonderful so make sure you try them.

The European apple and pear season is due to start mid August. This will come as a welcome addition to the limited availability of Southern Hemisphere fruit. Prices will remain high throughout the month but should start to ease as we head into September.

South African oranges and easy peelers are very good quality but relatively expensive.

Wonderful quality British blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and strawberries are delightful at this time of year and offer great value.

Vegetables

New season onions from Spain and the UK have replaced stored crops. They don’t have ‘set skins’ yet, which makes them look pale and untidy, but they will have a distinctive strong and sweet flavour. Egyptian red onions are fantastic quality, full of colour and strong tasting.

Root vegetables such as swede and parsnips are expensive at the moment.

Supplies of cauliflower are benefiting from the wet weather in late July. The quality is excellent.

Butternut squash from Spain and Greece offers exceptional quality and value this month.

Homegrown new season baby potatoes are at their best at this time of year. Flaky skins and superb eating quality.

The old potato season has almost finished, we will now move onto local new potatoes. Please remember to store them in a cool, dark place.

Towards the middle of August we will see the first homegrown corn-on-the-cob supplies, get the BBQ’s fired up and ready!

Salad

The ever changeable British weather will have a detrimental effect on the outdoor lettuce crops. Excessive water along with warm, humid conditions will inevitably mean that shelf life will be greatly reduced. Please keep stocks to a minimum and replace as required.

Outdoor celery has now replaced the early glasshouse varieties. It will be slightly darker in appearance and have a more intense flavour.

Cherry and cherry vine tomatoes are in short supply and prices have risen accordingly.