July – Half-way There!
July – Half-way There!

July – Half-way There!

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July: a month synonymous with summer’s peak, lazy long days and evenings and an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce that can transform any meal into a celebration of flavour. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or just looking to make healthier choices, understanding what foods are in season is key to enjoying the freshest options. This article will delve into the fascinating world of July foods and giftware trends and highlight some local events guaranteed to make this month extra special.

July At a Glance

1st – 14th, Wimbledon

6th, Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show

15th, St Swithin’s Day

18th – 21st July, Beat Herders Festival

19th, 20th, 21st, Royal Lancashire Show

Your July Table


July Nature Table, mint, basil, silver bark, wildflowers.

In her book The Almanac, Lia Leendertz encourages us to write an intention for the month ahead, light our candles despite the light evenings, and reflect on this month’s nature table. Suggested items for your July table are listed below:

  • Dark green candles,
  • Lots of green foliage
  • A pot of basil or mint
  • Jam jar of wildflowers or dried bunch
  • shells and silver bark

July Home Trends: Embracing the Heart of Summer

Every time I visit Italy, I am fascinated by the abundance of lemon-themed homewares, and it seems this trend has come to the UK this summer. Lemon and green are the trending colours for this season, as you can see in our new Candledelight Sicilian range, now in-store.

Lemon and Green gift items.

Farming in July

The weather in July is typically characterised by heat and, in many regions, the beginning of the harvest season. This warmth is crucial for the growth of many crops, which is why so many fresh fruits and vegetables are at their peak this month.

From succulent fruits to vibrant vegetables, there’s no shortage of natural ingredients to inspire your culinary adventures.

Fruit Harvest in July

July is a prime time for fruit lovers. Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are at their sweetest and most succulent. Stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries also ripen to perfection, offering a juicy burst of flavour ideal for sweet and savoury dishes.

  • Berries: Perfect for jams, desserts, or enjoyed fresh.
  • Stone Fruits: Ideal for pies, grilling, or as a natural sweetener in salads.

Seasonal Vegetables Making Their Mark

Vegetables also enjoy the July sun. Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and courgettes are versatile veggies that flourish during this time. Their freshness enhances the taste of any meal and provides a wealth of nutritional benefits.

  • Tomatoes: Ripe and full of flavour, they’re great in salads, sandwiches, or sauces.
  • Cucumbers: Crisp and refreshing, perfect for salads or a cooling snack.
  • Bell Peppers: Sweet and colourful, they add a vibrant touch to stir-fries and grilling.

Herbs and Spices: The Aromatic Accents

Remember fragrant herbs like basil, cilantro, and mint. These aromatic accents can elevate the simplest dishes with their fresh and potent flavours.

  • Basil: A staple in Italian cuisine, excellent in pesto or as a fresh topping.
  • Cilantro: A key ingredient in many Latin and Asian dishes, it adds a bright flavour to salsas and curries.
  • Mint: Versatile in sweet and savoury dishes, it’s refreshing in summer drinks and salads.

Celebrating Food and Culture

July isn’t just about the food; it’s also a time for events celebrating the season’s best offerings. From food festivals to farmers’ markets, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local produce and connect with the community.

It’s also the month we see the return of annual agricultural shows; the Royal Lancashire Show and the Goosnargh & Longridge are among the best-known in Lancashire. Check out the Whats On in the Ribble Valley website for more information on local events.

Farmers’ Markets: The Hub of Freshness

Farmers’ markets peak in July, overflowing with the freshest fruits, vegetables, and other homemade goods. They directly link consumers and local farmers, ensuring access to the freshest seasonal foods while supporting local agriculture.

Cooking with July’s Bounty: Tips and Tricks

Embracing the season’s produce can lead to healthier eating habits and a newfound appreciation for the ingredients. Here are some tips for making the most of July’s food in season:

Incorporating Fresh Ingredients into Meals

  • Salads: Mix and match different fruits and vegetables for a refreshing summer salad.
  • Grilling: Use the warm weather and grill your veggies for a smoky flavour.
  • Preserving: Preserve berries and stone fruits through canning or freezing to enjoy their flavours year-round.

Creative Recipes to Try

Experiment with new recipes that highlight the season’s produce. Consider a peach salsa for a sweet and spicy twist, a berry galette for a rustic dessert, or a chilled cucumber soup for a light and cooling meal.

Victoria Sandwich, download recipe banner.

Aud’s Victoria Sandwich: It’s Wimbledon season, so it is the time of year when British Strawberries are at their best. What better way to enjoy them than in a British Cake named after Queen Victoria! Download my July recipe here.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet with Seasonal Foods

Eating seasonally not only tastes better, but it also offers numerous health benefits. Seasonal produce is often more nutrient-dense, having been harvested at its peak. It’s also a sustainable choice, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

Nutritional Benefits of Seasonal Eating

  • Higher Vitamin Content: Seasonal foods can be richer in vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Better for Digestion: Fresh, ripe produce is typically easier to digest and can contribute to better gut health.

By choosing seasonal foods, you’re also supporting local farmers and economies. This fosters a more sustainable food system and helps to build community resilience.

Conclusion: Embrace the Seasonal Splendour of July

July bursts with flavour, culture, and the joys of summer. By embracing seasonal home trends and taking advantage of local home-grown foods, you can enhance your home and your health.

And there’s no better time to take advantage of the milder weather and longer days by visiting a local Farmers Market or country show.



Written by

Audrey Spencer
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