Cherry auction launches stonefruit season

In now: The cherry auction that officially launches the stonefruit season is scheduled for October 29 at 6.30am. Don't be fooled –the best cherries are a way off yet.

At their best: The big fat blueberries from the NSW north coast are flavour bombs and will be plentiful for only a few more weeks so indulge now.

Best buy: Cabbage is a bargain. Braise with butter or bacon, pickle, or shred for a classic or Asian-style slaw.

In the vegie patch: Pick some flowers for salads: pea flowers, rosemary, viola, rose, thyme, sage and garlic chives are all tasty. Only use those grown without sprays.

Correction: the original version of this piece listed an incorrect date for the cherry auction. This has been amended in the article.