The combination of sun and heavy rainstorms have brought the initial flush of English strawberries to a close with the result that distributors expect a fortnight's gap to open up before 60 day plants come into production. Conditions have particularly affected crops in southern England and picking has already started in Scotland. The bumper raspberry crop forecast has escaped, because fruit is protected, although quality varies. There have been the first arrivals of cultivated Sylvan blackberries, and early varieties of redcurrants and blackcurrants. This week should also see the first harvesting of dessert gooseberries. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}