What’s in Season Right Now: Summer Produce and Fresh Finds Guide for Dorset


Savour Summer’s Best: Fresh, Local, and Delicious! 


  • Strawberries: Juicy and sweet, perfect for desserts and snacking.
  • Raspberries: Tart and flavourful, great for jams and salads.
  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants, ideal for baking and smoothies.
  • Blackberries: Rich and earthy, wonderful in pies and compotes.
  • Cherries: Sweet or tart, perfect for fresh eating or preserves.
  • Plums: Sweet and juicy, great for baking or eating fresh.
  • Gooseberries: Tangy and versatile, perfect for jams and desserts.
  • Currants: Both red and black varieties, ideal for preserves and sauces.


  • Asparagus: Tender and fresh, great for grilling or steaming.
  • Beetroot: Earthy and sweet, perfect for roasting and salads.
  • Broad Beans: Nutty and satisfying, great in stews and salads.
  • Carrots: Sweet and crunchy, versatile for cooking and raw eating.
  • Courgettes: Mild and tender, ideal for grilling and baking.
  • Cucumbers: Cool and refreshing, perfect for salads and pickling.
  • Lettuce: Crisp and fresh, ideal for salads and sandwiches.
  • Peas: Sweet and tender, great fresh or cooked.
  • Radishes: Spicy and crisp, excellent for salads and garnishes.
  • Spinach: Leafy and nutritious, perfect for salads and cooking.
  • Tomatoes: Juicy and flavourful, ideal for salads, sauces, and more.
  • Bell Peppers: Sweet and crunchy, great for roasting, grilling, and raw.


  • Basil: Fragrant and sweet, perfect for pesto and salads.
  • Chives: Mild onion flavor, great for garnishes and salads.
  • Coriander: Fresh and citrusy, ideal for salsas and Asian dishes.
  • Dill: Light and tangy, perfect for pickling and seafood dishes.
  • Mint: Cool and refreshing, great for drinks, desserts, and salads.
  • Oregano: Robust and aromatic, ideal for Italian dishes and marinades.
  • Parsley: Fresh and slightly peppery, perfect for garnishes and salads.
  • Rosemary: Woody and fragrant, great for roasting meats and vegetables.
  • Sage: Earthy and slightly peppery, ideal for stuffing and meats.
  • Thyme: Woody and aromatic, great for seasoning meats, soups, and stews.


  • Lamb: Tender and flavourful, ideal for grilling, roasting, and stews.
  • Pork: Versatile and rich, perfect for BBQ, roasts, and sausages.
  • Beef: Juicy and robust, great for steaks, burgers, and slow-cooking.
  • Chicken: Lean and versatile, suitable for grilling, roasting, and stir-fries.



  • Mackerel: Rich and oily, excellent for grilling and smoking.
  • Sea Bass: Delicate and flavourful, perfect for baking and pan-frying.
  • Cod: Mild and flaky, great for frying, baking, and chowders.
  • Sole: Tender and light, ideal for pan-frying and baking.
  • Scallops: Sweet and tender, perfect for searing and grilling.
  • Lobster: Rich and luxurious, ideal for boiling, grilling, and baking.
  • Crab: Sweet and succulent, great for salads, cakes, and boiling.

Enjoy the bounty of Dorset’s summer produce!

Eat well, live joyfully.

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