summertime is the time for local produce

Nicola Milne-Malone from Giddens & Thompson in Bungay shares her passion for the summer produce.

Summer is the season of abundance when it comes to fresh produce. From luscious berries to juicy stone fruits, garden-fresh tomatoes to vibrant bell peppers, summer produce is a feast for both the eyes and the palate. If you’re a foodie or a health-conscious eater, you know that there’s nothing quite like the taste of produce that’s in season and freshly picked. To be able to enjoy the freshest and most nutritious fruits and vegetables available at your local greengrocers and take advantage of all the wonderful flavours and health benefits that summer produce has to offer.

When summertime arrives, Giddens & Thompsons greengrocers become a hub of activity, with shoppers flocking to experience the fresh and vibrant produce of the season. From juicy tomatoes to crisp summer greens, the selection of fruits and veggies available during this time of year is a food lover’s dream.

The way that fruit and vegetables are harvested and stored can also affect the freshness and flavour. We source a lot of our produce from local farms, including our beautiful strawberries, asparagus, new potatoes, salad, eggs, apple and pear juice, and lots more. This means the food on your plate has travelled fewer miles and is usually picked within a few hours before coming to our shop. This means everything tastes so fresh and delicious.

We also continue producing our very popular freshly squeezed orange juice and super juices, made daily for maximum benefit.

By shopping at Giddens & Thompson, you’re not only supporting local agriculture but also helping the environment. By purchasing from local farmers, this ensures that they receive a fair price for their produce and can continue to provide fresh, healthy food for the community. 

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top 5 nutritious and delicious summer fruits and vegetables

tomatoes: Juicy, red, and bursting with flavour, tomatoes are a summer staple. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

peppers: Whether you prefer sweet bell peppers or spicy chili peppers, peppers are a great addition to any summer meal. They are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, and antioxidants, and are also a good source of fibre.

stone fruits: Peaches, plums, and nectarines are all examples of stone fruits, and they are at their best during the summer months. These fruits are high in vitamins C and A, as well as potassium, and are also a good source of fibre.

berries: From strawberries and raspberries to blueberries and blackberries, summer is the perfect time to indulge in fresh, juicy berries. Berries are packed with antioxidants, fibre, and vitamin C, and are an excellent addition to any healthy diet.

corn – sweetcorn and corn on the cob: Sweet, crunchy, corn is a favourite summer treat. Great to put on the BBQ. It is rich in fibre, vitamins B and C, and antioxidants, and is also a good source of complex carbohydrates.

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