This report was updated on Wednesday 14th November for deliveries 19th - 22nd November 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 :  Carrots - 1kg or more - $5.00 per kilo. Coming from Ara-Hura Farm in Nyah West, VIC

GROCERY SPECIAL : Alter Eco Chocolate - 25% off all of November Alter Eco's Swiss-made chocolate isn't just dark, deep and unbelievably smooth – it's also crafted from organic cacao by farmers who are replanting South American rainforests.

  

  • ...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, 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 17th - Thursday the 20th. First deliveries of 2019 will be made week starting Monday the 7th of January. 
  • Reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner are the new season Cherries we have enjoyed this week from Brooke-Kelly. So good. Empress are always small, but what they lack in size, they make up for in taste. Supreme starting this week.  
  • The Peaches and Nectarines from Lester, Alkira and Kilter 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 stonefruit is always a challenge as the skins often wrinkle as they ripen. Don't let this put you off - flavour is good. We have already come across quite a few Peaches & Nectarines 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 will come down slowly over the next few 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 great again this week coming from Wilderness Farm & Foxalicious....keep in mind that it is not unusual for early fruit coming from the Northern Territory to remain a greenish/light yellow 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, Blueberries & Strawberries were also fantastic this week. Apricots available 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 & Gala are still the pick of the Apples. 
  • ....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 our guarantee of 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 feeling a little spongy or developing a sprout....it really can't be helped. If you have the room store your spuds in your fridge to stop the sprout from developing. 
  • Vegetables in general have been great. Stand outs this week include - Zucchini, Pumpkin - Jap in particular, Bok Choy, Corn, Dutch Carrots, Snowpeas, Sugar Snap Peas, Broad Beans, All varieties of Lettuce, Silverbeet, Fennel, Dandelion, Lebanese Cucumber, Baby Spinach PP,  Asparagus, Herbs & Cherry Tomatoes - all varieties have been excellent.
  • Glenrose Eggs on Grower Special this week. These amazing pastured eggs come from Eden & Jason Bruessow in Findon Creek, via Kyogle in NSW. The hens free range unrestricted on the farm which has been  biodynamic since 1984. The hens have constant access to certified organic grain and lush pasture. Eden's lucky 2000 Hens free range over 8 hectares.
     
  • 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 : )

SEASONAL BOX CHANGE FROM JANUARY 2019

The time has come for us to remove the seasonal $35.00 mixed box from our offerings, as well as increase our fruit box to $50.00 and our vege box to $70.00...this will come into effect in January 2019. Our $44.00 juicing box will also increase to $55.00.

We have come a long way since 1999 when we offered only certified organic fruit & veges and Greenwood juices for home delivery from our small shop in Tamarama..... today we have a warehouse packed to the brim with thousands of delicious, must have items to fill your pantry, fridge and freezer.

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. We are working through the new regulations and hope to have Trevor's products back on the list soon.
Update: We have now been fined by the NSW Food Authority for selling Cleopatra products on our website even though they are not a food product!!! How that is possible we are still trying to establish. We are looking at our options and will keep you updated.

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 @ $26.00 per kilo. Pork Legs (available in butt or leg end) will be approx 2 - 4kg @ $32.00 per kilo
Our last deliveries of 2018 will be 17th - 20th of December.
Our first deliveries of 2019 will be 7th - 10th January

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.