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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 1st of July for deliveries 6th - 9th July 2020

Orders for delivery Monday - Thursday need to be placed no later than 11am Sunday.
For priority supply order by 6am Saturday.

Thank you all so much for bearing with us over the last few months as we chopped and changed the way we have been delivering to you as we worked around the Corona Virus and the strangeness that it brought for all of us.

We had returned to picking up all returning boxes this week...but...now that a staff member of Woolworths in Balmain has tested positive to COVID 19 (2nd July) we will take a step back....and only pick up poly boxes and packaging material.

  • No boxes will be picked up in Run 6 (delivery run including Balmain and surrounding suburbs) and some parts of Run 35 (delivery run including Balmain and surrounding suburbs). Please recycle at your end. No Gel Pack Ice Blocks will be sent in these runs - we will send Frozen Water again (cost to you 90c). Please add to your order.
     
  • Please now return to recycling all cardboard boxes at your end until further notice...this will give us enough room to safely pick up poly boxes and packaging material on delivery and separate from orders yet to be delivered. 
  • We will continue using gel pack ice packs with any refrigerated items you may order from us (except Run 6 & Run 35) and ask that you return these to us weekly by placing them inside your returning poly box. If you are unable to return these to us please order a frozen bottle of water to be delivered with your order.
  • If you choose to have a frozen bottle of water sent with your cold items please do not return these to us as we are not able to re-use at our end. To clarify - the bottles of water we send to you frozen are new, un-opened bottles of water that can be used in any way you choose at your end. If you add a frozen water bottle to your order, we will not send a gel pack ice block with your refrigerated items.
  • Please do not ask our drivers to take back your cardboard boxes.....
  • Returned boxes and packaging material are being cleaned, stored and re-used in due course. Please let me assure everyone that we are taking the cleaning and storing process very seriously at our end to protect our own family (including staff) and yours (our extended Lettuce family).

We are all still well....none of our family (including staff) have come into direct contact with any person carrying the virus and we are following strict procedures at our end to limit the chance that our team are exposed to the virus.

Our warehouse is still not open to the public at all and Couriers delivering stock to us are not coming inside our warehouse. We are following all of the guidelines provided to us by the World Health Organisation aswell as our Government to reduce any potential exposure to COVID-19.

Take care everyone,

Emma for Ben Slade and Cheryl & Bob Stuart

Please take note:

  • No additions of changes to orders will be accepted after 11am each Sunday. 
  • Sensible Substitution will be made at our end if items are short or not available unless you advise otherwise. 
  • Favourite orders (for recurring order customers) will be placed as early as Thursday. If you change your order after we have placed it on your behalf please send a new order to us (before the cut off) - we will know which one we have placed and delete it. 

Some specialty items like Bread & Dairy have specific order cut off times. Please check these out when placing your order.    
  
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GROCERY SPECIAL:  Undivided Food - Broths - Beef, Chicken & Vegetable - 15% off all of July

Undivided Food Co. are taking Australia by storm with their affordable, attractive and damn tasty range of certified organic bone broths. Co-founders Tony and Janine, along with their chef Briar Macky, produce the range in their purpose built kitchen located in Lane Cove West, Sydney.


  • Forest Orchard Jonathon Apples on Grower Special this week - only $8/kg. 
  • ...Graeme also has a few Lemon Bergamot Pears available - these are absolute delicious. Not the prettiest pear as they often have a few skin marks, but sweet and juicy which certainly makes up for their appearance. Try something new this week. 
  • Master Avo growers (The Bobbit Family) of Wodonga Park have started their Hass season. Flavour is absolutely superb. Order with confidence. 
  • Strawberries from Pim - Delicious, Amazing, Fantastic! The variety available at the moment (Red Rhapsody and Sunburst) are sweet with quite a firm flesh. Second Strawberries also available....Our seconds are not left-overs from last week - in fact we don't have 'left-overs'. Our Seconds are picked at the same time as our firsts, but for one reason or another do not make the cut for first quality punnets. As you can imagine we are never sure of how many seconds will be available until the moment of picking so....if you would like your seconds replaced with firsts should the seconds not be available - please make a note with your order. 
  • If you don't have Imperial Mandarins on your list....you should! Fruit from Karra Organic Citrus in Palinyewah, NSW was superb this week. Skins are easy peel and fruit is juicy with very few seeds. YUM! Jan's Cara Cara Oranges and Tangellos are also available this week. 
  • Navel Oranges from Fat Goose Fruits have also been a stand out in the fruit department this week.  
  • K Produce has finally started their late onion season - Pheww....Onions back to the smaller size most of us prefer. 
  • I'm sure you will have noticed the carrots have been slowly becoming a little drier over the last few weeks as we approached end of season from Tassie. Good news is QLD Carrot season is starting this week from Huggins. Yeehah! Try pan fried discs with a little honey and sesame seeds, chopped into pieces and baked with a little olive oil and Mingle - All Purpose seasoning (if you don't have this item in your cupboard you should). 
  • ..also from QLD are the BEST Chinese Cabbage we see all year from Rob Bauer - Green and Red available. Heads are big and heavy and colour outstanding! 
  • Baby Spinach and Rocket punnets coming from Coolibah Herbs are now containing a little Winter grass...this really can't be helped in the cooler months. Know what to expect.
  • Celery from QLD has been superb. Bunches are mature, light green and have an amazing flavour. 
  • Generally speaking the veges we have on offer have been excellent. Stand outs this week - Zucchini, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts (although most do need stripping back), Bok Choy, Silverbeet, Rainbow Chard, Corn (although husks are very dry), Dutch Carrots, Kale - All varieties, Radish, Herbs (Flat Parsley in particular), Pumpkin - both Jap and Butternut and Sweet Potato. 
  • Try this Cauliflower and Turmeric Soup by Teresa Cutter this week...

INGREDIENTS
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 onion, finely chopped
10cm knob fresh grated turmeric or 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or ghee
750 ml (3 cups/24 fl oz) hot water or vegetable stock
1 small cauliflower, finely chopped
1 x 400 g (14 oz) tin chickpeas, washed and drained
sea salt and white pepper to taste
125 ml (½ cup/4 fl oz) coconut milk or oat milk

METHOD
COOK garlic, onion and turmeric with the olive oil on a low heat for 5 minutes.
ADD the cauliflower and water then partially cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes until cauliflower is tender.
SMASH the soup using a potato masher until they are broken up.
ADD the chickpeas and coconut milk then season to taste. Add extra water if required.
SERVE and enjoy.
 
NOTES AND INSPIRATION
Add 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast to boost flavour.
Serve alone or with a side of steamed Jasmine or Basmati rice.

  • Winter is definitely upon us ....the cool weather resulting in produce across the country growing at a snail's pace..! Thankfully we have been co-operatively trading with our growers and suppliers for a period extending over 19 years and so we should not be without stock...but in saying that there can always be some gaps in supply. We have done our best to display the most up to date and accurate information about what will be available for next week deliveries...but it is Wednesday and there are quite a few days before produce will be picked and cut. End of June and July is notoriously problematic with supply....Please excuse us over the next few weeks if indications we have on size of produce is off the mark....or we supply you from a Grower that we do not have listed as supplying us on a particular week. 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 only selling Certified Organic Produce. We are Certified with NASAA...and can produce an audit trail on all our produce at a moment's notice
  • Due to the cooler weather 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 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.
     
  • 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 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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PLEASE RETURN OUR BOXES 

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.  

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.