This report was updated on Wednesday 15th November 2017 for deliveries 20th - 24th November 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 : Lebanese Cucumber - 1kg or more $9.00 per kilo. Coming from Shane Eldridge in Murray Bridge, SA.          

GROCERY SPECIAL : Spiral Foods - Pizza & Pasta Sauces $4.20 - $4.50 each....usually $4.95 - $5.30 each. Spiral Foods Pasta Sauces are Australian Made, Vegan, Sugar Free, Gluten Free and Delicious!

  • ...only 5 more deliveries before the Christmas Break !!! Yikesy ! A quick note to all of those customers who send our beautiful Hampers to their colleagues, associates, friends and family each year. For multi orders to be delivered Christmas week, could you please have your orders to us asap so we can start getting stock organised. Keep in mind we can also make custom hampers, so if you have something special in mind lettuce know and we can get a few options available for you to choose from. As with each Christmas/New Year we will be taking a short break...Last deliveries will be made Monday the 18th - Thursday the 21st. First deliveries of 2018 will be made week starting Monday the 8th of January. 
  • Reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner are the new season Cherries we have all embraced this week - Yum! There is now serious competition for the Sydney market which is driving the prices down sooner than expected.   
  • The Peaches and Nectarines from Lester and Alkira have been firm as expected. Both have good colour and taste which is a relief. For anyone who likes their stonefruit with crunch keep them firm by putting them straight in the fridge on arrival! For those of you who like yours soft and juicy simply leave your fruit at room temperature for a few days. Early peaches are always a challenge as they often wrinkle as they ripen. Don't let this put you off - flavour is good. We have already come across quite a few Peaches that have a split stone. This is not a problem if you are semi - expecting it, but can be quite a shock if you are caught off guard with part of the seed in your mouth.  
  • Prices on new season Summer Fruits are unlikely to come back much for at least the next 2 weeks....so until then, we all need to focus on quality rather than quantity...especially for those customers who are ordering a seasonal box. We always get emails and calls at this time of the year noting that customers feel their boxes are smaller than usual. Well essentially they are ! November is difficult for all of us in terms of pricing which results in Seasonal Boxes feeling light on as there is less volume due to high pricing. 
  • Mangoes were delicious this week coming from Wilderness Farm....please keep in mind that it is not unusual for early fruit coming from the Northern Territory to remain a greenish colour, even when they become ready to eat...You will know they are ready by feeling the flesh, if it is softish below the skin - it's ready. As with most seasons, some of the fruit is developing 'black spot' around the cylix (spot they were attached to the tree) as they ripen....These spots are generally only skin deep and are a result of a set of weather conditions at the time the fruit is in flower...in saying that - we see them most seasons.... Conventionally mangoes can be subjected to some fairly heavy chemicals to prevent this spotting, but obviously Organic mangoes are not. Embrace the spot...it's what happens to real Mangoes : ) 
  • Valencia Oranges, Cavendish Bananas, Hass Avocadoes, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Rhubarb as well Blueberries were great this week. 
  • Please keep in mind that all of the Winter Fruits...that is - Apples, Mandarins, Pears, Grapefruit and Lemons must be stored in the fridge. Our packing of these items so late in the season literally takes us twice the time as we carefully roll each piece to inspect and even then the fruit can deteriorate so quickly on delivery that you may find a problem on arrival. 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. Fuji are still the pick of the Apples. Any major probs please lettuce know. We would never intentionally send you out any goodies that we know you would not be happy with - it is not in our interest or yours, considering we guarantee the quality....but we are dealing in fruit and veg...and these things can happen. Thankfully, not often : ) The main worry is that one little bad spot on say...an Apple, can create a bad spot on something else. If you do have any casualties please inspect other fresh produce in close proximity and wash if possible.
  • Cauliflower size is still really small...know what to expect.  
  • It's that time of the year again when QLD potatoes want to grow again because of the warmer weather...hence under the right conditions you may begin to see a potato developing a sprout. Simply flick them off. If you have the room store your spuds in your fridge to stop the sprout from developing. 
  • Vegetables in general have been great - unfortunately Broccoli is the exception. As with each new season, the heads coming from Victoria are a little fluffy and are not as dark in colour as we would like. Know what to expect - the Broccoli is not old, simply not tightly formed with a deep and dark green colour as we have been receiving from master Broccoli farmer Gary Harm all through Winter....and prices are outrageous - driven high due to serious lack of supply and huge demand. 
  • Bok Choy, Corn (although husks look terribly dry), Dutch Carrots, Snowpeas, Beetroot, All varieties of Lettuce - Mini Cos in particular (try ditching the taco shell for a Lettuce leaf - so refreshing), Silverbeet (on Grower Special this week - $3.50 per bunch), Fennel (also on Grower Special - $3.50 per bunch), Dandelion, Celeriac, Lebanese Cucumber (still our produce special), Baby Spinach PP,  Asparagus, Herbs, Cherry Tomatoes - all varieties and Cabbage have been excellent...Sugar Snap Peas back on the list this week from Rowdowsky
  • 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 : )

CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING …….. DO YOU WANT A TURKEY OR LEG OF PORK ?

As we did last year we are only getting Turkeys and Legs of Pork in for customers who specifically ask for them. If you want one, could you please lettuce know asap so we can organise for you. Turkeys will be approx 3.5 – 5.5kg @ $25.00 per kilo. Pork Legs (available in butt or leg end) will be approx 2 - 4kg @ $29.00 per kilo
Our last deliveries of 2017 will be 18th - 21st of December.
Our first deliveries of 2018 will be 8th - 11th January

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.