Much like July, August should be a bountiful month if you grow your own fruit and vegetables in the garden, or at an allotment. It’s that time of the summer when you’re probably picking more than you know what to do with, challenging you to think of new ways to cook and preserve fruit and vegetables. Courgette cake, anyone?
But in all seriousness, it’s an exciting month – weeks of slow gardening and nurturing are finally rewarded with the freshest of produce and simple garden to table lunches and dinner parties.
When it comes to cut flowers, August also delivers with some show-stopping blooms. We’ve got beautiful dahlias, zinnias and happy sunflowers to enjoy. Sun-loving cosmos continue to bloom and also last well in water when cut. In our cut flower bed at Slow Living LDN. HQ, we’re looking forward to gathering Café au Lait and Babylon Bronze dahlias, which promise soft pink and peach colours.
Between the produce and the flowers, we’ve got all the ingredients for an alfresco feast with a beautiful tablescape. Here’s to celebrating British summer.
What produce is in season in August?
Cucumbers, tomatoes, chillies, peppers, aubergines, beans, peas, carrots, fennel, salad leaves, broccoli, beetroot and celery are among the best fresh crops to harvest or buy in August.
Plums, blueberries and blackberries (coming into season) are also on offer in August. Seasonal favourites, strawberries, continue to be enjoyed this month, too.
Seasonal recipe inspiration for August:
- Greek-style casserole with courgette dumplings
- Sicilian aubergine stew
- Blackberry soufflé
- Raspberry crumble bars
Seasonal spotlight: courgette
Courgettes come in so many shapes and sizes, plus a number of green and yellow shades that always look fantastic on a plate together.
Courgettes are delicious grilled or griddled with garlic and added to pasta dishes or risottos, and also work well in curries and soups as they soak up flavours.
In warm weather, you may be picking multiple courgettes a week, so you might need to start getting creative. Think spiralising courgettes into courgetti, baking savoury courgette muffins… The creative, mindful aspects of cooking are some of the reasons why it’s a great activity for slow living.
Seasonal, slow living activities for August
Seasonal living and slow food is all about embracing the seasons and enjoying what’s on our doorstep at that time of year. In summer, we have more daylight hours to get outdoors and can eat alfresco more than at any other time. There are plenty of ways to slow down and make the most of August:
- Visit a sunflower field
- Go blackberry picking
- Make jam with seasonal berries and fruits
- Fill your home with seasonal, slow flowers such as dahlias
- Visit a flower farm to support sustainable British flower growers during Flowers from the Farm’s Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend which takes place on 5th-7th August 2022
- Embrace garden to table eating with a seasonal dinner party (try these seasonal recipe books)
- Press flowers from the garden to make into cards and gift tags, or to frame
For more inspiration on savouring and styling with the season, head to our August Pinterest board:
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