Robin Powell

At their peak: sweet corn.
At their peak: sweet corn. Photo: Marina Oliphant

In now

The first of the royal galas are ready for picking at Bilpin.  Go to hawkesburyharvest.com.au for details and addresses. Some orchards also have pick-your-own peaches.

At its best

Sweetcorn is a summer barbecue standby, grilled and gnawed straight from the cob, or sliced off to add to salads or salsas.

Best buy

Limes are the first of the citrus family to ripen after spring flowering. There are plenty around now so prices are good.

In the vegie patch

Hunt up a zucchini harvest every day so that fruit doesn't grow big and watery. Pick at pen-length.