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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 19th July 2017 for deliveries 24th - 27th July 2017

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

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 : Small Kiwifruit - 1kg or more - $9.00kg. Coming from LeSuti in Kancoona, VIC. 

GROCERY SPECIAL : Global Organic Soups $4.25 each...usually $5.00 each. Introductory Special  
All Certified Organic. All Vegan. Just heat and serve.

  • We are considering making a few changes to our website. She is an old girl who has served us well....but now heading into double digits which in IT terms is about a 1000 years old : ) we think it may be time (no promises though as we are quite attached!). Considering so many of you have been shopping on this site for ...well 10 years, we thought it best to ask you if there is something you would like to see in the future at lettucedeliver.com.au
    We can't promise we can do everything and at this stage we are just talking about the possibilities.... but we would love to hear from you. We are often asked for more than 1 favourite order...so that feature is definitely on the cards....for anything else please send us an email and if possible could you please answer a few questions for us on Survey Monkey  Thank you in advance for taking the time.  
  • If you don't have Pim's Strawberries in your order at the moment - you really are missing out. Flavour and texture have been excellent. Pim's 2nd Strawberries have also been fantastic - Great value for those of us cutting up fruit for little ones. From one week to the next we have no idea how many second punnets will be available - as they are a grade out of first quality fruit....Please lettuce know if you would like a First quality punnet if Seconds are short delivered. 
  • Before you cut your oranges.....we have lost a box of Cara Cara Oranges this week...so if you find that your Oranges are ...well a shade of red...I will apologise in advance. The Cara Cara are delicious, but the colour will be quite a surprise if you are not expecting it : )  
  • It's hard to believe...but the end of Forest Orchard Apple season is upon us. A big Thankyou to all Lettuce customers who have happily embraced Graeme and Fiona's less than perfect looking fruit this year....a testament to the amazing group of people we are supplying food to each week. We still have Forest Orchard Fuji, Golden, Red Del and Sundowner...Fuji stocks will be exhausted this week, while the other varieties will continue for a few more weeks....There are of course other apples on the market from Edwards and Mock Red Hill, Esperence Bay and McMahon and so we will look to these apples to keep all varieties available....but....keep in mind that all of the mentioned Growers have apples that have been off the trees for some time now....so please store your Apples in the fridge from here on in....
  • Lemonade Fruit, Paw Paw, Blueberries, Kiwifruit, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Cavendish Bananas, Hass Avocadoes, Lemons and Grapefruit (both Yellow and Ruby) have been great. Black Sapote making an appearance this week from Furness in QLD.   
  • Generally speaking the Veges we have on offer are brilliant. Stand outs this week were Brussels Sprouts, Chinese Cabbage, Silverbeet, Rainbow Chard, Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Corn, Leb Cucumber....actually come to think of it everything has been really good...except the tomatoes...and the carrots. The tomatoes are a little on the green side with some developing sore spots on their way to becoming ripe...and the carrots are lacking the sweetness that we love....ok for those cooking their carrots but a real disappointment for those of us eating them raw. The good news is that Tim Burrell has started his Dutch Carrots and they are amazing....so for raw purchases can I steer you to Tim's bunches. Tim's medium Carrots will be available in the next 1 -2 weeks. 
  • Quality Eggplant from Silverado on Grower Special this week - $12.00 per kilo. Baby Gannoush, Roasted Eggplant, Vege Lasagna....so many options : ) Check out this Easy and Delicious Recipe from Robustrecipes.com this week. 
  • As you may or may not be aware, our local growers are really struggling with frost. In terms of lettuce this can result in browning of outer leaves...and in some cases inner leaves. As many Veterans of Lettuce know, we never strip our lettuce back - so they rarely ever look like the lettuce you see sitting on the shelves in  a shop. Admittedly removing the outer leaves does generally improve the initial impression of lettuce…but if we strip back outer leaves, the inner leaves become outer leaves at your end which then need to be removed, making the veg smaller and smaller at each strip back. Best time to take off outer leaves is just before use (unless they are damaged) as they are an excellent barrier against dehydration and damage to softer leaves. Pauls herbs are also on the smaller side. Know what to expect. 
  • ....and just like last year when we were pulling our hair out over how many Gold onions we were discarding each week - K Produce has started their late NSW season - like the Sun bursting through the clouds. Woohoo - Order with confidence. The same cannot be said for the Spanish Onions - which are still coming from Victoria and a major concern considering so many are starting to go bad and/or arriving to us already sprouting. We are doing our best to sort through at our end although I am always worried about them developing problems on delivery. Any problems please lettuce know. 
  • Garlic is also wanting to grow again - some bulbs are now splitting, resulting in us supplying you cloves...and some cloves are now a little discoloured. Ironically, as we approach end of season and the worst garlic we have seen the price increases. This is a direct result of supply and demand - and there is very little available garlic on the market. New season will start in September/October.  
  • Like most Autumn/Winters we are experiencing an egg and milk shortage. We will have enough of both in total numbers to supply all orders...but we may sub to a brand you have not ordered. If you are wanting the brand of eggs or milk you have ordered or nothing at all please advise.  
  • Please excuse us over the next few weeks if any indications we have given of the origin or the size of the produce on our website is off the mark...supply of veg in particular is in short supply due to the cooler weather. 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 produce an audit trail on all our produce at a moment's notice.
  • 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 !  

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 until of course the supply dries up completely. 

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 ICEBLOCKS

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.