Sophie O'Neil

The fig season has begun.
The fig season has begun.

NEW IN

The fig season has begun in northern Victoria, with other regions due to start picking in the new year.

AT THEIR BEST

Although cherries have been available since mid-November, Connie Mercuri of Blue Haze Farm in Seville says fruit is eating well now.

GREEN FIX

Growers are picking the first green beans, with other varieties, including butter and Roman, to follow.

IN THE VEGIE PATCH

Basil flourishes in the sun in garden beds or pots. Fred Hellriegel of Eaton's Farm Herbs in Emerald encourages gardeners to try varieties such as dark opal with purple leaves, which adds interest to salads, or spicy Thai basil for stir-fries.

ACCREDITED FARMERS' MARKETS

Thursday, December 20: Veg Out, St Kilda (twilight). Saturday, December 22: Casey-Berwick; Hume Murray, Wodonga; Kingston; Mansfield; Slow Food, Abbotsford. Sunday, December 23: Flemington; Hurstbridge (twilight); Mount Eliza.