This report was updated on Wednesday 18th October 2017 for deliveries 23rd - 26th October 2017

Monday Delivery: Order by 4pm Sunday. 
Tuesday Delivery: Order by midnight Sunday.
Wednesday/Thursday Delivery: Order by 9.30am Monday.
Some things are worth the wait !

Some specialty items like Bread & Dairy have specific order cut off times. Please check these out when placing your order.

If you find you have missed the Cut-off's simply call our office - of course we will do our best to fill an order for you if we can : )

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PRODUCE SPECIAL : Asparagus - $2.50 per bunch. Coming from Maurice Caffra in Koowerup, VIC.          

GROCERY SPECIAL : Karma Cola Fizzy Drinks (330ml) $2.99 each...usually $3.52 each
Back in 2010 Karma Cola made their first few bottles of Cola using a bag of Cola nuts sent to them by their friends in Boma, a small village in the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone. They had learnt that the world drinks more than a million colas a minute but none of the money went back to the people who originally discovered the stuff. So Karma Cola made a drink to fix that. Read more

  • ..and just when we were considering flicking Pears from our list - Fruitlands has come to the rescue with their WA grown Packhams. Flavour is superb...but as happened last year the pears are all on the big side....most averaging around 300gm each! Know what to expect. 
  • ...thinking of supersized fruit, end of season Lane Navel Oranges from Karra Organics are coming to mind - ranging between 300 and 450gm each. Good news is that because they are so delicious and juicy you will eat more in one sitting than you may expect : ) they will continue to be available for the next week or so, then we will all have to move over to new season Valencia Oranges (which are quite small - approx 150 - 180gm each). Brace yourself everyone...Moving from very ripe, low acidic Navel Oranges to new season Valencia Orange's is always quite a shock to the system. This week why not have a combination of both ? Navel/Valencia mix for Juicing is delicious.  For those looking for eating oranges I would definitely recommend staying with Navels this week. 
  • We are really getting to the bottom of the barrel with our Apple supply....this time of the year our packing of apples literally takes us twice the amount of time as we carefully roll each piece to inspect for breakdown and even then the fruit can deteriorate on their way to your place. Being stored in coolrooms with a constant temperature for so long, can on change of temperature send fruit literally droopy, wrinkly and/or rotten before your eyes. As many veterans of Lettuce know, this time of year always prompts a note from us regarding 'fresh fruit' or lack of it....the reality is that we are sending you out 'old fruit' and this is the case for most of the Winter fruits. There is a window of time these fruits are ready to be picked...they are taken off the trees and then stored in coolrooms until the kitty is empty. Obviously as time moves on, these fruits are ageing...and with no post harvest spraying to prolong life or looks...the fruit becomes 'older' with every day that passes. We are very conscious of the quality of the goodies we supply you, every fresh item is handled by 2 staff members upon packing who are checking for any quality issues...so rest assured it is not in our interest to send out produce that we know you would not be happy with as we offer a 'quality guarantee'. ....but warm weather and end of season fruits can present unexpected problems that can literally happen over a few hours. We are very transparent about the quality of our produce and welcome your feedback - both good and bad....In saying that, it's no secret the Winter Fruit we have on offer is on it's last legs - that's Apples, Grapefruit (which looked as though they had the pox this week - thankfully brown marks were only skin deep),  Navel Oranges (average size around 350 - 450gm each - available for the last time this week - we will recommend moving over to new season Valencia Oranges next week), Pears (now huge), Kiwifruit (which are ripening at lightning speed) and Mandarins (displaying quite a bit of surfacing marks). Any major problems please lettuce know. Remember that all Winter fruits need to be stored in the fridge. As a result of the increasingly limited variety in fruit the seasonal boxes seem a little heavy in the veg department with good reason....Know what to expect. Pick in apples is still the Fuji from Edwards. Remember Pink Ladies bruise really easily at the end of the season ! These bruises are more often than not simply skin deep, so you may think about peeling for your little ones at least....this may also help with consumption of Grannies, regardless of minor bruising as many are now arriving with some discoloration on the skins which is actually called scolding. New apple season will begin again in January/February from McMahon in Pozieres, QLD.
  • Hang in there...It won't be long before our fruit bowls are overflowing again....We are expecting early Nectarines and possible plums early November, Apricots mid November, Cherries possibly early December....and before we know it Grapes will be back in our fridge (January 2018)  .....but for now....this really is the hardest time of the year for all of us eating Organic (or should I say Living) Fruit ! The next few weeks will be tough...Most winter varieties are a little past their best and the Summer fruit season is still weeks from really starting. Deciding on the fruit going into the Seasonal Boxes at this time of the year literally has my hands shaking....If you are wanting to add a little bit of Summer to your order this week - you can't go past the Blueberries and Mangoes - both have been amazing. 
  • Thinking of berries....until Fred Rowdowsky firmly start his Victorian Strawberry season can I suggest these are only for those who can't be without. The berries coming from QLD are enduring extreme temps coupled with wet weather - a growers worst nightmare....Berries are ok...but will only last a few days in the fridge.. Know what to expect. 
  • Bananas, Avocadoes, Black Sapote, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly) & 
  • The first of the Victorian Cauliflowers have arrived very small in size as we expected. This happens each new season as we put pressure on our growers to pick to alleviate a gap in supply. Some of these Cauli's are so small they could sit in the palm of your hand. Heads are clean and crisp which is a welcome change from end of season QLD Cauli which have been a little rubbery over the last few weeks. Cauli size will improve each week, as will supply which will bring the price down. Until then expect heads the very small side.  
  • Veges generally have been great - Celery, Broccoli, Cherry Tomatoes, Lebanese Cucumber, Red Capsicum, Snowpeas, Asparagus (our produce special), Beans, Herbs, Onions, Italian Garlic, Shallots, Dutch Carrots, Mushrooms, Pumpkin - both Jap and Butternut and all our locally grown Greens were stand outs this week.
  • Naturis Bread order cut off time has been extended - now 8am Sunday morning. Naturis deliver to Lettuce each Monday.
  • Did you know we have Recipe Packages, also simply known as Meal Inspiration for those of us preparing dinner for the fam each evening...Head to our Meal Inspiration Page to find this week's selection of Recipe inspirations. We know you all have things in your pantry like Olive Oil so with our packages you can simply add the package to your cart and then delete any goodies you don't require. So simple !  
  • Please excuse us if the indications we have on size of produce on our website is off the mark at the moment, or we supply you from a Grower that is different to which we have listed on our site..... The end of the Winter fruit season often presents us with some unexpected sizes, not to mention the unpredictable end of Winter weather can always throw a spanner in the works with supply. We have updated our website today with the most up-to-date and accurate information about what will be available for next week's deliveries...but it is Wednesday and there are quite a few days before we will actually see the produce we are selling to you. Rest assured we only deal in CERTIFIED ORGANIC fresh produce....that is, produce that has been independently audited to ensure that it is grown in line with the National Standard for Organic Production. Lettuce Deliver is also independently audited to ensure we are selling Certified Organic Produce. We are Certified with NASAA...and can proudly produce an audit trail on all our produce at a moment's notice.

We have updated our website with the most up to date and accurate information available to us at this time, but due to many factors including that most of the produce is yet to be picked there is of course some uncertainty with our expected supply. The good news is that we have quite a few supply options available to us and so may list a Grower on our site that does not end up supplying us goodies this week. Rest assured we only deal in Certified Organic Fruit and Veges - so any replacements we may supply to you from other Aussie Growers will also be grown in line with the National Organic Standard. You don't have to take our word for it... Lettuce Deliver is also a Certified Organic Retailer which means that we have to be able to prove these claims at a moment's notice : )

RAW GOAT MILK SUPPLY..

As with each year at this time, the supply of Raw, Unpasteurised Goats Milk is really tight. We will do our best to share around the stock we receive each week. Supply should improve shortly.

MILK

...in many cases the Milk we offer you needs to be pre-ordered at our end a week in advance. Most of the time our guess- timates are spot on...but we have been caught out on the odd occasion. We do have a number of Dairy options available to us and so if we run short  on some varieties, we may look to others to fill the gap. If you would like us to supply ONLY the milk you have ordered or nothing at all, please make a note with your order.

PLEASE RETURN OUR POLY BOXES and ICE BLOCKS

We pick up all boxes that we deliver in and ask that you keep them clean and dry for a week so that we can swap them with the empty boxes when making your next delivery....If our drivers are not picking up your empty boxes please lettuce know. The Gel pack Iceblocks that we are supplying you are also a considerable cost to our business if they are not returned as are the poly boxes. Please leave out for collection with your next order. We will also collect any packaging material we may supply you including egg cartons, plastic boxes, bubble wrap etc. - simply leave inside your returning boxes.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

As you know, we charge your credit card for your delivery total on the day of or day after your delivery. Please ensure that we have your up to date credit card details and that there are sufficient funds available on the day of your delivery for us to process your payment.