This report was updated on Wednesday 26th Septmber for deliveries 2nd - 5th October 2018

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 - $3.00 per bunch. Coming from Tarcoola in Wentworth, NSW.   

GROCERY SPECIAL : Rawries Raw Vegan Dessert Bars - 15% off all of October (Introductory Offer)
Rawries have added to their amazing Vegan Range of Chocolates and Crackers with their amazing Raw Vegan Dessert Bars. So decadently rich but without the wheat, dairy or added sugar. Simply, unprocessed goodness.

 

Please keep in mind all deliveries are one day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday the 1st of  October.

  • Heading into the end of the Winter Fruit season is always a worry - The fruit is aging, and the weather warming up..... Remember to store your Oranges, Apples (pick is still Fuji as crunch and flavour is still good), Pears (which are now a little wrinkly around the cylix and arriving with some discoloration on the skins) and Mandarins in the fridge to prolong life. Don't forget that all fruit should now be closely inspected upon arrival - especially 3kg bags of Navel Oranges. Being inside a bag, one problematic orange can send others bad at lightning speed if trapped without ventilation. This time of the year always presents a few random problems, as the Winter fruit is so close to coming to an end. Any major problems lettuce know. ....Hang in there ! This time of the year is always a little difficult  in terms of quality fruit availability..The Summer fruit season is still quite a few weeks from starting and the winter fruit is looking a little tired. We always receive a lot of enquiries around this time of the year as to when the Summer fruits will start (especially considering some are available in the major Supermarkets) …..We all wonder if we can eat another Mandarin or Pear ! Eating seasonally is very much about overdosing while items are available and then just when you feel that you have had all that you can handle – the season comes to an abrupt end ! By the time the new season comes around again we have all forgotten about the way we felt at the end of the season and welcome it again with open arms ! The good news is that soon enough our fruit bowls will be overflowing with Summer fruits...
  • ...and the Summer Fruits are making an entry this week with early KP Mangoes coming from Sharmaine in the Northern Territory. Talk about a treat - $8.00 each for SMALL fruit (size 18) and $11.00 each for medium fruit (Size 12).  
  • Lemonade Fruit season is drawing to a close and will be completely finished in the next few weeks - as we approach the end, you will notice the fruit is becoming more and more aesthetically challenged - they look a little like a lemon you have found in the bottom of the crisper that you bought 6 weeks ago. : ) Don't let this put you off the flavour is still great.    
  • Blueberries, Hass Avocadoes (although on the small side), Cavendish Bananas, Kiwifruit (although ripening at lightning speed), Passionfruit, Black Sapote & Seedless Watermelon (on grower special this week - $3.00 per kilo) were excellent this week. 
  • Rachel now has a gap in her locally grown Parsley - don't worry still available from Coolibah Herbs. 
  • Cauliflower & Broccoli season from Gary and Kathy Harm is drawing to a close. I'm sure you will agree the veg has been amazing. As we approach end of season, you will find the QLD Cauli's are smaller and not as crisp as they have been...they are now feeling a little rubbery in the warmer weather. Don't let this put you off, QLD Cauli's will only be available for another 2 or so weeks and once cooked, you would never know. 
  • New season Italian Garlic has been great - Order with confidence. Russian Garlic on the other hand is still 'old season' and is looking a little rough with some cloves a little discoloured, while others are developing a sprout through the centre as the garlic is wanting to grow again. If you can get past the look of the Russian - flavour is still good.
  • Asparagus price has just taken a nose dive and is our produce special this week - $3.00 per bunch. Check out our Meal Inspiration Page which has an Asparagus theme this week.....I personally love it pan fried with butter and then right at the end I add a piece of Barambah Sliced Cheddar which melts over the top of the spears! Yum!  
  • Nicola Potatoes, Corn (although husks are extremely dry), Dutch Carrots, Eggplant (now from Silverado), Snowpeas (on grower special - $20.00 per kilo), Celery, Kale - all varieties, Dandelion, Baby English Spinach PP, Zucchini, Jap Pumpkin, Leeks, Red Capsicum, Cherry Tomatoes (Mini Roma in particular) and Lebanese Cucumber were stand outs this week...which was a hard pick, considering the Veges on offer have all been great. 
  • We have received a number of calls enquiring about the possibility of needles in our Apples and Strawberries...the bottom line is, it is possible - but we do not expect that it will occur. Our fruit is not waiting around for sales and is at no point handled or touched by the general public. Both our Apples and Strawberries are delivered from Farm via Flemington Markets to our warehouse in Homebush - the fruit is sent via family owned transport companies that offload the pallets at Sydney Markets which we collect. It would appear the initial problem with the tampering of fruit happened on Farm, and has now become a 'copy cat' act in other isolated incidence. Can I assure everyone that both our Apples and Strawberries come from small family farms....both Pim Mens (Strawberries) and Graeme and Fiona Schultz (Apples) take part in every aspect of supply from picking the actual fruit, to packing and wrapping. At our end our family is also part of every aspect of supply and like those we deal with, staff are like family to us. The thought of a needle in the fruit we are consuming is horrifying and has been damaging to fresh produce sales for good reason. We are confident that we will not have a problem with our fruit....but....we should all be consuming with caution at this time. Thinking of Pim's Strawberries - could you please check your berries. Pim has experienced quite a lot of rain on this patch and a wet Strawberry left in a closed punnet can literally turn the whole 250gm into a furry mess before you know it. Keep in mind that as we approach end of season, your Strawberries will have a few more seeds than you may expect. 
  • 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 : )

CLEOPATRA'S BATH WASH & BODY BUTTER

As many of you are already aware there has been an amendment made to the NSW Dairy Food Safety Scheme in relation to the sale of raw milk - even if it is not being sold as a food product. At this time we are working through the new regulations and hope to have Trevor's products back on the list soon.

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.