This report was updated on Wednesday 11th December for deliveries 16th - 19th December 2019

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 : Mangoes - Kensington Pride - Tray of 16 - $33.00 per tray.
Coming from Mary Farms in Mt Carbine, QLD.

GROCERY SPECIAL: Wholesome Food Company - Chips - 10% off all of December - Introductory Offer
Natural, great tasting, guilt free snacks made in the Foothills of the Yarra Valley.

We wish you and your family a very happy, healthy, safe and of course ‘Organic Christmas and New Year’. Thank you for your support this year and we look forward to bringing you Certified Organic, Aussie Grown Goodness again in 2020.
From Cheryl & Bob Stuart & Emma & Ben Slade and Team Lettuce. x
Thank you also to everyone who has sent us Christmas notes, cards and goodies.

This week will be our final delivery this year. Our next contact will be on Wednesday the 1st of January 2020….preparing for our first deliveries of the New Year 6th - 9th of January. On this week we will start all ‘Standing Orders’ as well as all ‘If No Contact Orders’….if this doesn’t work at your end please lettuce know when to re-start your deliveries. Please ensure you have sufficient funds available for us to be paid the day of your delivery.
For customers ordering up this week…be sure to get some Peak Fresh Bags to keep your fresh produce in good condition longer !

 

THE DROUGHT

A poem by Richard Statham

It is Spring but the sad thing is that it's dry, so so dry.   
Oh my....the months go by with ne'er a cloud in the sky.
The ground is bare, one must stare to see even a blade of grass.
Chooks are desperate with nothing green to be seen.....or eaten.
But we're not beaten.  The rain will  come...... all in good time.
This is a promised land, and the dust and sand will again
Bring forth new life with abundance,  once the season changes.
The ranges  in the Nangar park are so sparse when it's dry.
Not even a small waterhole in a dried up creek bed.
Wildlife will die, they can't be fed.
Such amazing contrast.  Drought is rotten but soon forgotten.
The landscape changes so fast when the drought is past.

In the garden the ground is hard indeed.
Stunted clover, marshmallow and  capeweed going to seed.
They  crunch underfoot like corn flakes,
In places, even where  we've watered, for God's sakes.

It's far worse way out west.....they're really distressed.
No income for two years or more.
No stock- feed in store,
No money in the bank to buy more.
No crop in the ground
No credit can be found
No business plan is seen to be sound.

For many a family farm, will this be the end?
Or as usual after drought, will they be on the mend?
The challenge is to re-sow pasture and crop
And find the funds  with which to restock.

Rural communities depend on farming.
Anxiety,  stress and suicide rates are most  alarming.
The youth of our communities seek better opportunities
In overcrowded cities, in urban areas.
The jobs might be various but city life is also very precarious.

No, the solution for drought is not urban drift.
Knuckle down and give each other a lift.
Today 40 mm is forecast for next weekend!!
Will God almighty soon the rains send?

Penned on 28 October 2019

 

  • It's so easy to forget that those families who farm the land to feed us are still facing the fight of their lives from the worst drought in living memory and the early and overwhelming fire season being experienced across our sunburnt country. Richard has put to paper the remarkable spirit of our Aussie Farmers - their love of our promised land, their optimistic look towards next season and their remarkable empathy for others - with the view that there is always someone else who is worse off than they are...We really do breed them tough Down Under...The families who are working our land have the most  amazing spirit that shines so brightly. Thank you Richard for allowing us to share your touching words with our community.....You may know the Stratham family better by their Farm name - Rosnay! Many of us enjoy their outstanding Olive Oil on a daily basis, or their delicious Kalamata Olives, Olive Paste or Dried Figs....and if you haven't tried them do yourself a favour. Perfect Xmas gift for the Home Cook.
  • For those of you who are in a position to help financially....there is a fundraiser for Organic Farmers in NSW including Marrook Farm Dairy that has been launched by The Organic Investment Co-operative to bring fodder from Victoria to NSW to feed hungry cattle. Donate here https://chuffed.org/project/organic-farmers-bushfire-appeal
  • For those of you who are not in a position to help financially... Please share this appeal widely.
  • ...Last deliveries for the year are this week 16th - 19th December. As with each Christmas/New Year we will be taking a short break to rest and spend time with our loved ones....First deliveries of 2020 will be made week starting Monday the 6th of January. For everyone who has pre-ordered Christmas Meats over the last month - we will be adding these to your orders this week.
  • Please return our boxes, icepacks and plastic boxes containing soft fruits and veges! These can be used over and over again if treated with care. We also welcome the return of all other packaging material that may find it's way into your order, egg cartons, bubble wrap, lettuce, strawberry and cherry tomato punnets aswell as spinach boxes, etc. I know many are sceptical about the recycling of goods through local councils....but please be assured we deliver all of the packaging material we use (when the end of their life is upon us) into Sydney Markets where recycling is a big business.....Please leave all these goodies in your returning boxes out for our drivers to collect on your next delivery. If our drivers are not picking up your boxes please lettuce know.
  • The Summer Fruits we have on offer have been outstanding! ...Stand outs this week - Blueberries (now only $7.80 each), Victorian Strawberries (although not the prettiest we have had on offer - they taste amazing), White Peaches, Apricots (although ripening at lightning speed and with quite a few skin marks this season), Yellow Nectarines, Mangoes (Trays of 16 our produce special this week),  Hass Avocadoes, Seedless Watermelon & Cherries. Keep in mind that the first varieties of Peaches and Nectarines often present open seeds... Not really a problem but certainly a shock if you are not expecting it. As with each Stonefruit season our preference is for fruit on the firmer side...to ripen, leave in a warm location of the kitchen and the fruit will soften within a few days. To keep the fruit firm for longer, simply store in the fridge....Lychees available this week from Newby in Yeppoon.
  • ...back to the Mangoes....Treat yourself everyone - you will not be disappointed. 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.... 
  • A quick note about the Second Quality Peaches & Nectarines. From one week to another we have no idea how many will be available.....so, please make a note with your order if you would like us to replace your order of Seconds with First quality fruit should the Seconds not be available. 
  • Remember to store your end of season Apples & Pears in the fridge. Pick in the Apples is Gala - they still have good flavour and texture. New Apple season will start January/February. 
  • ...and just in time for Christmas Tim Hamilton has started his glamour bean crop - yippee! 
  • It's that time of the year again when QLD potatoes and sweet 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. 
  • Keep in mind that Summer Cauli's are a few shades from white and certainly not as pretty as the Cauli's we supply you during Winter from Master Cauliflower Grower - Harm....they are also on the smaller side. Know what to expect. 
  • Generally speaking the vegies we have on offer have been fantastic. Carrots (now coming from Ara-hura - Fred will start in the new year), Lebanese Cucumber, Bunched Beetroot, Flat Parsley, Red Capsicum (although most are on the very small side), Cherry Tomatoes (Petite and Mini Roma in particular), Snowpeas, Sugar Snap Peas, Bok Choy, Italian Garlic, Silverbeet, Pumpkin - both Butternut & Jap, Tomatoes - all varieties, Shallots, Baby Spinach PP and Rocket PP were stand outs.
  • 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 return our boxes, icepacks and plastic boxes containing soft fruits and veges! These can be used over and over again if treated with care. We also welcome the return of all other packaging material that may find it's way into your order, egg cartons, bubble wrap, lettuce and spinach boxes, etc. I know many are sceptical about the recycling of goods through local councils....but please be assured we deliver all of the packaging material we use (when the end of their life is upon us) into Sydney Markets where recycling is a big business.....Please leave all these goodies in your returning boxes out for our drivers to collect on your next delivery.

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 we 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, Australian Grown 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 (NASAA Retailer R9291) which means that we have to be able to prove any claims we make about a products organic status at a moment's notice : )

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CHRISTMAS BREAK

Our last deliveries of 2019 will be 16th - 19th of December.
Our first deliveries of 2020 will be 6th - 9th January

THANK YOU

Thank you all so much for support regarding our listing on NSW Food Authorities site for being in breach of a food act. If you have been blissfully oblivious to the drama, you can come up to speed here... or just sail on by and come on in to order our Aussie grown, All Certified Organic Fruit & Veges : )

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.

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.