Eating seasonally - What's on the menu?

Phipps Bridge Community Garden is one of Sustainable Merton’s flagship projects and an example of community gardening at its best. Through regular commitment, our volunteers have transformed this space into a social and productive food growing hub, and the garden now supplies an abundance of fresh, healthy, seasonal produce.

Eating local, seasonal food helps to reduce the energy needed to grow and transport the food we consume, supports local business, reconnects us with nature's cycles and, of course, means that our plates are filled with delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables!

What's on the menu this month?

Regular Phipps Bridge Community Garden volunteer Ruth tells us which fruits and vegetables are at their best and shares her tasty recipe for gooseberry fool...

In between trying to keep up with the fantastic weed growth, we’ve been busy harvesting kilos of broad beans, globe artichokes, gooseberries and lettuce at the Phipps Bridge Community Garden. Peas will soon be ready, and potatoes, carrots and beetroot are coming along too. These are all good things to buy now if you are trying to eat seasonally.

Gooseberry Fool

Gooseberries are at their best from late June to early August and if you can get your hands on some here’s a simple recipe for a classic gooseberry fool:

  1. Chill a small can of evaporated milk in the freezer for half an hour or so.

  2. Stew 500g of gooseberries (sweetened to taste) then sieve or puree and cool slightly.

  3. Whip the evaporated milk till it’s thick and frothy (I recommend an electric whisk!)

  4. For the custard - mix 200ml of milk with one rounded dessertspoon of custard powder and one dessertspoon of sugar.