What is seasonal food?

Eating seasonally means eating food that's naturally ripe and ready for harvest in your local area at the time, instead of imported foods from different climates around the world.

Eating organic, seasonal food, or food that you've grown at home can make a big difference in cutting down your food miles, helping to make your diet more sustainable and reduce your carbon footprint.

What veg is in season right now?

As we wave goodbye to the hungry gap, there's a great selection of seasonal British fruit and veg available! Look out for:

Courgettes 
Chard 
Broad Beans 
Aubergines – best in July but June onwards 
Chard – two seasons from Jun – Aug, and Oct-Apr 
New potatoes 
Onions - Mar to Aug first season 

And for your salads & Herbs: 
Spring onions
Watercress 
Spinach  
Parsley 
Rocket – early summer onwards 

What fruit is in season right now?

Raspberries 
Strawberries 
Gooseberries 
Cherries (mid-June to September) 
Peaches (July onwards) 
Blackcurrants & Redcurrants 

 

What to sow at home

Veg and fruits sown in Spring are now ready for first harvest. Growers have a lot to be getting on with at this time of year: 

Salad Crops- will produce a quick turnaround for harvest – lettuce, radishes (fast-maturing), leafy salads, rocket
Beetroot – plant in June for September & October
Brassicas like Kale, Pak Choi can be planted, along with Winter & Spring cabbages – winter cabbages in June (last chance), Spring in July/August 
Courgettes & Squash, along with Pumpkins & other winter squash.
Leeks can be planted in July
Plant Radicchio/Chicory, Swede, celeriac at this time.
Fennel 
Carrots during June and July
Peas (inc mangetout & snap peas)

Why organic?

What we choose to put on our plates has the power to make a world of difference. Find out how choosing organic can offer solutions to many of the crises around our climate, nature, and our health.

Sign up for a seasonal, organic and local veg box

A great way ensure you are eating seasonally is to subscribe to a fruit, veg or meat box. You'll be joining a community of amazing citizens, farmers and organisations who are making sure the way we farm and eat is better for our health, better for nature and wildlife, and better for the climate too.

Roast Beetroot, Greens, Labneh and Cumin

Delicious as part of a mezze or served simply with a green salad, this recipe from renowned eco-chef Tom Hunt will have you eating with the seasons.

Roast Cauliflower Carbonara with Crispy Kale

This is a recipe that showcases cauliflower to the full. From founder of Rebel Recipes and self-confessed cauliflower fanatic Niki Webster. 

Riverford’s brussels sprouts, red onion & blue cheese gratin

Who says sprouts are only for Christmas? This seasonal side dish is perfect all the way through winter. 

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