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Thaiday’s top tips to tackle the weekly shop

IF THERE is one piece of advice Rugby League star and token funny guy Sam Thaiday has for you when doing the weekly fruit and veg shop, it's to go in with a game plan.

With so much on offer, he said finding the best produce at the best price came down to knowing what was in season, taking advice from the experts and keeping an eye out for specials.

We caught up with the footy legend at his local fruit and veg shop to get the lowdown - check out the video above.

As for what you should be putting in the shopping basket this week, we also consulted the real experts (sorry, Sam) from Your Local Fruit Shop.

Footy star Sam Thaiday shares his game plan for tackling the weekly fruit and veg shop.
Footy star Sam Thaiday shares his game plan for tackling the weekly fruit and veg shop. Georja Ryan

Owner of Your Local Fruit Shop's Harvest Market at Booval Robert Sayle said stone fruit should be at the top of your list.

"Mangoes, peaches, cherries, apricots, plums and nectarines are having a great season, and they will only continue to improve," he said.

And with a backlog of experience in the industry, we're pretty confident he's right.

Saturday mornings helping out at his parents' fruit shop are some of Robert's fondest childhood memories.

Fast forward 36 years and Robert, now the owner of Harvest Market Booval, says his business remains a family affair.

"My family has always been in the fruit and vegetable industry," he said.

"My grandfather owned a farm over in England, and my dad bought the Harvest Market fruit shop over 30 years ago."

Buying the shop in 1981, the Harvest Market has remained in the Booval shopping centre for more than three generations.

"This store is in my blood; I grew up in it," Robert said.

"I remember as a young fella only being able to reach a few rows back, and would have to stand on a tall box to keep up with the bigger boys."

As his arms grew so too did his passion for the industry and 10 years ago, he took over the business from his dad.

"There are three generations of Robert's who are working in this fruit shop, my dad [Robert Senior] myself [Robert] and my son [Robert Junior]," he said.

"We are very passionate about what we do and the produce we serve."

Robert Senior often pops in to the store to say a friendly hello and to "check-up" on the store.

"My dad will never stay away from this store; it is like another child to him," Robert said.

"He comes in every Thursday and Friday. I think it keeps him invigorated and young, he enjoys helping out."

Today Robert works with his dad, son, sister and nephew, proving that family and business go hand-in-hand.

"We work big hours, and knowing that I am working with my family makes my job even more enjoyable," Robert said.

After a long day's work, Robert's family comes together to catch up with everyone over a big family roast with lots of vegetables, of course!

Striving to deliver the highest produce, Robert noted that quality always comes first.

"We deliver fruit and vegetables we know the customer will love and enjoy."

To find a Your Local Fruit Shop near you, head HERE

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