This report was updated on Wednesday 13th November for deliveries 18th - 21st November 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 : Kensington Pride Mangoes - Size 16 - Full Tray only - $60.00 per tray.
Coming from TOP in Darwin River, NT.

GROCERY SPECIAL: Barambah Yoghurts and Cheeses - 10% off all of November
Barambah Milk, Cheese and Yoghurts are a staple in many of our customers orders and we know why....the flavour and quality of their products is outstanding. This is no surprise considering the Dairy has an impressive list of awards including  Grand Dairy Awards, Sydney Royal, Word Cheese Awards...just to name a few

  • It's so easy to forget (unless you are in affected areas, have respiratory problems or turn on the news) that some of our friends and families are facing the most serious of heartache, worry and potential loss due to the unprecedented early and overwhelming fire season being experienced across our sunburnt and extremely dry country. It is also so easy to forget that so many have been on high level water restrictions for months - the very thing required to have any hope of protecting livelihoods and homes. As many of you are already aware some of our Customers and Farmers are in the direct path of the catastrophic fires - our prayers and thoughts are with them as they face the fight of their lives. Thank you so much to everyone who have not forgotten that our food is not grown in the city and have sent massages of love and support for those who feed us. Your offers of assistance have not gone unheard, but at this stage it is hard for those at the front line to think about anything other than survival.....In light of the 'unknown' we have updated our website to the best of our ability with information we have at hand....but due to unknown weather, road closures and respect for life itself things may change.  
  • Today, the Senate will consider a motion by Senator Rice to disallow the Government’s deregulation of gene editing technology. Find out how you can help by heading to https://organicindustries.com.au/home
  • ...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. As with each Christmas/New Year we will be taking a short break...Last deliveries will be made Monday the 16th - Thursday the 19th. First deliveries of 2020 will be made week starting Monday the 6th of January. 
  • Reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner are the new season Cherries we are all enjoying from Brooke-Kelly. So good. 
  • The Peaches and Nectarines available from Lester, Alkira, Mancinelli and Kilter (starting this week) are firm as expected. Both have good colour and taste which is a good start to the season. 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. Some fruit has open seeds....not a big deal unless you are not expecting it! Expect it. Open seeds means that the seed is not in 1 piece and can result in a little piece finding it's way into your mouth when eating around it. Careful. Great way to chip a tooth.
  • Mangoes were fantastic again this week from Sharmaine - and will be the produce special again this week! Enjoy. 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 - thankfully these spots are generally only skin deep. 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 : ) 
  • Prices on new season Summer Fruits will come down 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. 
  • Rhubarb (still on grower special), Late Packham Pears, Valencia Oranges, Cavendish Bananas, Tangellos (although fruit is now on the larger side), Hass Avocadoes, Blueberries & Strawberries were also great this week. 
  • Please keep in mind that all of the Winter Fruits...that is - Apples, Mandarins, Pears, Kiwifruit & Grapefruit 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. Pink Lady & Sundowner are still the pick of the Apples coming from Forest Orchards.  
  • ....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.
  • 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. 
  • Charlie's Bok Choy is still a little holey - things have improved a little - but not enough not to mention. Remember that plants that have required a repair at their end have more phytonutrients - so look at the positives. Charlie thinks it will be another 2 - 3 weeks before our Bok Choy is back to normal - until then, we need to move some bunches for Charlie and Vic - $2.50 per bunch.  
  • Please keep in mind that Shane's 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. Fred Rowdowky will start to cut his glamour Cauliflower for deliveries starting the 25th November.
  • Vegetables in general have been excellent. Stand outs this week include - Bunched Beetroot, Celery (although they do have some brown spotting on the leaves), Spaghetti Squash (now $3.80 per kilo), Leeks, English Cucumber, Pumpkin - Jap in particular, Corn, Dutch Carrots, Snowpeas, Broad Beans, Red Capsicum (although small in size), Dandelion, Lebanese Cucumber, Baby Spinach PP,  Asparagus, Herbs & Petite Cherry Tomatoes. 
     
  • 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 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 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 : )

RAW GOAT MILK FROM NIMBIN VALLEY

...back on the list. Stock is arriving mid morning each Thursday with 8 days life....so we will freeze immediately which will give you 7 days fresh life from delivery day.

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.