Seasonal Summer Switch-Around – What’s New and Where It’s From

English Blueberries

Local Summer Produce

It’s that time of year when we have our seasonal switch-around of suppliers here at FruutBox, maximizing the amount of fresh local produce in your boxes and making sure that our staples are as good as they can be. This year, thanks to the poor weather that hit the UK through May, the annual “Hungry Gap” (the period in early spring when winter veg has all been harvested and cold stored produce has all but run out, and seeds have been sown but nothing is ready to be picked or dug yet) was unusually long. Now though, we’ve got a rush of great British and Cornish produce hitting boxes, and there's more on its way. This produce, particularly that grown here in Cornwall, is super fresh and is often going into your FruutBoxes in the afternoon having been picked and collected that morning!  

 

This Week's Local Summer Produce:

     Cornish purple sprouting broccoli

    Seasonal Switches

    We’ve also seen some of our bi-annual seasonal shifts on some items. This happens because most fresh produce is not available from the same area all year-round, despite them being available in supermarkets all year-round. Apples, for example, are only ready to pick in the autumn so each year there is one Northern Hemisphere harvest and one Southern Hemisphere harvest. Apples are available all year round because they are picked and cold stored for up to six months. We’ve recently switched to apples from New Zealand & Brazil, and our lemons are coming from Argentina and South Africa.  Meanwhile, grapes and plums have moved the other way from the south to the north, from Chile, Peru and India, to Egypt and Spain. This is exactly the same as all of the produce in your local supermarket. It means that the food miles associated with some items is greater, but that is the reality for being able to eat an apple any day of the year. For a lot of fresh produce, moving between suppliers in different parts of the world according to seasonality and then shipping has a smaller carbon footprint than growing the same produce out of season (in a heated and lit greenhouse, for example) to ensure year-round supply from one location.  

     

    Seasonal Switches:

    bunch of grapes