Peaches will travel well in school lunch boxes.
Peaches will travel well in school lunch boxes.

Sophie O'Neil

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With the heat of summer comes all sorts of peppers, including Glenora Heritage Produce's quirky Padron chillies. Grower Andrew Powell says some are hot, some are not, which is why they're also called Russian roulette chillies.

Salad mix

Seek out growers of unusual cucumber varieties for a change from everyday Lebanese and continentals.

Lunch box fare

Clingstone peaches have started and Elaine Jenkins from the Fruitfarm Johnsonville says while early varieties aren't the best for bottling, they're beautifully sweet and travel well for school lunches.

In the vegie patch

Time to get broccoli in the soil. Stagger planting to stretch out your harvest.

Accredited farmers' markets

Saturday: Bendigo, Coal Creek (Korumburra), Collingwood, Geelong, Kyneton, Old Cheese Factory (Berwick), Mornington. Sunday: Flemington.

Visit vicfarmersmarkets.org.au