August is when we get the warmer weather and a whole new crop of heat-loving fruit and vegetables.

For us meat-eaters, it’s when the game season officially begins, on the 12th.

Locally sourced

So, we all know eating locally sourced food is really the way forward.

Or actually, it’s the way back because this is what we used to do until globalisation.

Not only is it better for our planet by shortening the supply chain.

It’s also good for us.

So, where possible, buy seasonal and buy local.

And enjoy the riches of the seasons’ produce.

A few reasons why eating in season is good

Economical: eating fruit and veg when there are loads of it means it will be sold cheaper than in the off-season

Health benefits: food that is in season contain the nutrients and minerals that our bodies need at a particular time of year.

e.g. butternut squash and apples are in season in autumn/winter – they are packed with vitamins so help keep away horrid winter colds.

Tastes better: which makes obvious sense. Mass-produced produce tends to suffer from a lack of flavour.

Large commercial farms are about volume and often they are adapted to look uniformed and have a better shelf life so flavour slides.

FruitApples (first of the season)
Blackcurrants
Cherries
Gooseberries
Raspberries
Redcurrants
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tayberries
Apricots
Blackberries
Blueberries
Damsons
Greengages
Plums
Figs
Loganberries
Peaches
Whitecurrants
Vegetables Aubergines
Asparagus
Beetroot
Broad beans
Broccoli (summer sprouting and calabrese)
Celery
Chard
Chicory
Courgettes
Cucumber
Fennel (Florence)
Green beans (French and runner)
Kohlrabi
Leeks (baby)
Lettuce and other salad leaves
Mangetout
Marrows
Maincrop potatoes (first)
New potatoes
Okra
Pak choi
Parsnips
Peas
Peppers
Radishes
Shallots
Spinach
Spring onions
Summer Squash
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watercress

[Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.]
MeatLamb
Venison (wild red deer)
Grouse (from the 12th)
Hare
[Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.]

Reference: PennyGoLightly