Season of the home-grown
The high summer gives us the seasonal luxury of wonderful soft fruits. Autumn brings a different range of goodies.
But here’s a difference. Summer’s best produce is commercially grown, and comes to us via the shops. Autumn, by contrast, brings us produce we can get more directly. In my kitchen today, I have blackberries which I picked myself from the roadsides, and apples (both eating and cooking) and runner beans, from various friends gardens. It’s still, alas, just a modest part of the diet, but it makes a nice contrast to everything being commercial. This is clearly seasonal, peaking around now in the early autumn.
Another month or so of abundance, and we’ll be heading for the later autumn and winter season of root vegetables and rich soups, and the best citrus fruits imported from the med. But that’s back to the shops for everything, unless someone has a really nice surprise in store.
One of the shops by the market is advertising veg boxes. I must remember to ask about them.