Food celebrations of Summer

June, the month of the Summer Solstice - Sera monath, dry month to early inhabitants of the British Isles or the wedding month named after Juno, the Roman Goddess of marriage - brought nuptials and celebration events to The Skip Garden. It has been a month of abundance from the garden and strong connections with the community through feasting and celebrations.

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Early June saw Open Garden Squares weekend, where many private gardens are opened to the public. We celebrated at the Skip Garden with a Kitchen Garden Supper Club. Guests were treated to the best the Garden had to offer in courses fashioned after different types of kitchen garden. With Knot Garden bread knots to whet the appetite, parsley soup representing the herb garden, Classic ‘British’ Bombay Potatoes involving the most common allotment grown vegetables, onions and potatoes. A Potager course was inspired by French court of Louis XIV featuring flakey pastry, woodland mushroom mille feuille and heritage tomatoes.  The old saying “Where basil grows, no evil goes,” inspired the Witches Garden course, of Basil panna cotta, Skip Garden Strawberries and reduced balsamic. So many stories in one meal!

 Photo by Ben Peter Catchpole

Photo by Ben Peter Catchpole

The following week the garden was the venue for a summer get together in support of the Starfish Project working with refugees in Greece and Italy. Surplus food was collected from Borough Market and repurposed for a feast for 120 guests and amazing volunteers. This year we exceeded last years’ fundraising total with a massive thank you to everyone who generously donated surplus food, drinks or their time. Music floated in the air as guests mingled and enjoyed the skips by moonlight.

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By day, groups from local businesses have been making the most of the café and enjoying  set lunches from our summer menu. Gluten free Polenta, leek, thyme and feta cake, chargrilled vegetables, comforting quiches and our signature treacle bread have graced the tables, nestled with the gloriously fresh salad from the poly tunnel.  Strawberries are ripening in the Broadgate bed shaded by a rhubarb canopy awaiting their destiny on top of almond tarts and preserved in jars of Skip Garden jam. For our catering and group booking options, pop in and have a chat or email café@globalgeneration.org.uk.

By night, the Skip Garden has been host to a number of community events, many of them led by our young people. This included hosting an Iftar meal for Skip Garden neighbours. The meal had traditional Somalian dishes which the young people learned to make with one of the mothers from Rubicon Court using seasonal local ingredients we all love at The Skip Garden. Community Chef, Vero, explained that teaching young people these ingredient ‘swaps’ helps them eat healthily and sustainably with the most budget friendly ingredients. It was a beautiful night and we look forward to the next community meal.

To read more about the youth led events in the garden, please read Rachel Solomon’s reflections here...