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Fruit and Veg in Season for August 2023

Fruit and Veg in Season for August 2023

31 Jul, 2023

Fruit and Vegetable Market Report for August 2023

August is a laid back and lovely time on the Market, with an abundance of top class fruit and British produce.

The cucumbers below caught our attention - 'One Bite Mini' cucumbers grown by the The Quirky Cucumber Company and stocked by wholesaler S Thorogood & Sons.

mini cucumbers

Stone fruit is still going strong. Peaches, nectarines and cherries are eating beautifully. (The English cherry season is now coming to an end).

Apricots are tailing off but plums are taking their place - European for now but we will soon see the first UK crops, typically starting with the Victoria variety. Greengages (aka Reine de Claude) and Mirabelle plums have just begun.

flat peach

Melons are at their peak, including French Charentais, Zerbinati and watermelons.

UK soft fruit includes strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries.

This is a good month for figs - typically French, Spanish and Italian. Mostly black, with some green from Italy.

Black figs

There are homegrown English runner beans, peas and broad beans. Grab the last of the English peas while you can. Coco de Paimpol are a classy choice from France. Borlotti are not at their best.

English peas

Stunning tomatoes and courgettes also available, such as these classy yellow round from France.

yellow courgettes

The first sweetcorn has arrived.

For something special, there are early cobnuts from France and - if you're quick - you may catch the last of the Scottish foraged girolles.

See you in September for our next Market Report, when we will have the first English apples.

Tommy Leighton
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