Today is half way from the longest day to the shortest. Solstice, Equinox…. For those who celebrate, have a good day, night. Here the weather remains lovely and will for some weeks yet. Gone is the searing heat of July and August, and it does not really get cold until into December.
On the market there are signs of the changing of seasons. The peaches are no longer so good, coming out of storage rather than straight off the trees. The tomatoes are coming to an end though, like the peaches, there are still loads on the market – they are just not quite so delicious. There are still many different sorts of beans but the summer fruit and veg is coming towards an end.
The broccoli is fantastic right now, as are the apples and the grapes.
Radishes are appearing, early mandolins (in our opinion not ready to eat), cauliflower, broccoli, celeriac, beet, and cabbages are becoming increasingly abundant. There are the lighter skinned courgettes mixed with the darker green summer ones. Autumn and winter gourds are starting to be around and the spinach is looking increasingly tempting.
But the real dilemma is this, to start on the winter veg knowing that come January when there is nothing else we will be fondly remembering summer food, or to continue with the summer fruit and veg which we have been eating loads of for the last few months and a change might be nice.