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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday the 3rd of March for deliveries 8th - 11th of March.

Orders for delivery Monday - Thursday 

Order by no later than 3pm Sunday 

Some specialty items like Bread & Dairy have specific order cut off times. Please check these out when placing your order.


Thank you all so much for bearing with us as we chop and change the way we are delivering to you as we work around the Corona Virus and the strangeness that it has brought for all of us. 

We are now back to picking up all boxes (including cardboard) as well as all packaging material on a weekly basis

We will continue to follow all of the guidelines provided to us by the World Health Organisation aswell as our Government. 

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). 

Take care everyone, 

Emma for Ben Slade and Cheryl & Bob Stuart


Please take note:

  • No additions of changes to orders will be accepted after 3pm 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. 

    
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Herbs of Life – 350gm Range of Sauerkrauts and Ferments – 10% off all of March – Introductory offer
Meet the new members of the Herbs of Life Family. 350gm Fermented Vegetables and Sauerkraut Range. Traditionally fermented, no starter culture, locally sourced ingredients from farm to fermentation. All certified organic and hand crafted artisan ferments perfect to compliment your health with gut loving bacteria, vitamins, minerals raw and unpasteurised. 

Mingle Seasonings Range – 10% off all of March 
Braggs – Nutritional Yeast – 10% off all of March 
Spiral Foods – Tomato Ketchup – 10% off all of March 
Absolute Organic – Pitted Kalamata Olives – 10% off all of March 
The Whole Foodies – Kelp Noodles – 10% off all of March (see News page for Recipe idea) 
Woohoo Deodorants – 10% off all of March 

 
  • A quick note about Easter 2021. We will not be closing Easter week this year. All deliveries will however be one day later week starting Easter Monday due to the public holiday. If you are going away and have a regular order set up with us please make sure you lettuce know. 

  • It’s time for us to take Nectarines off the list....they will continue for at least another week or two, but some of the fruit is starting to display discoloration around the seed...I’m sure you will all agree the season has been good and it is best to close the door on a high. For the fruit we have delivered this week - Eat sooner rather than later.

  • ....Peach season is also drawing to a close – which results in our choice on size becoming very limited... so please embrace larger fruit! Of course, we do take any preferences on size into consideration when we can....but if all we have is large for example, all we can supply is large : ) If you want small fruit or nothing please make a note with your order. 

  • Valencia Oranges are also approaching end of the season...fruit is starting to feel a little spongy, but flavour is still fantastic. Remember to refrigerate at your end. Know what to expect.

  • Mangoes are also on the list for the last time this season.

  • Yes, Organic Kiwifruit are available at the moment – from Italy...when these hit the shelves we always get enquiries about why we don’t have them - we only sell Aussie grown, Certified Organic produce....so we will have Kiwifruit when the Aussie season starts in late March. 

  • Peaches from Green Gables, Grapes – all varieties, Passionfruit, Gala Apples from Forest Orchards, Avocadoes, Bananas, Blueberries and Figs (season also ending soon) were great this week. Honeydew returning to the list this week from Shadbolt in Vinifera, VIC. 

  • ... Please keep in mind that all varieties of grapes - especially tightly clustered varieties like Crimson present some soft/wrinkly grapes each season. It is really unusual that you are able to eat every single grape on a bunch.

  • ...Strawberries are not lasting long coming from Victoria & Queensland....Only for those who can't be without and even then make a 'use first item' at your end. 

  • As expected with Summer Broccoli what we have on offer is certainly not the most beautiful we see during the year. Heads are a little fluffier and not as green as we would like....Know what to expect. 

  • Shane has a flush of Red Caps available this week – only $16.00 per kilo. Fruit is on the larger side with an amazing flavour.  Shane’s Lebanese Cucumbers are also in better supply – finally some price relief. 

  • Celery quality has improved dramatically over the last few weeks – but most growers are still having problems with brown rot through the centre of the bunches – this results in the very centre of some bunches being cut out on farm, others in our warehouse and others (which have slipped through the gaps) at your house. Please check the centre of your bunch on arrival and get ready to remove if any slimey/brown stems....in saying that bunches are a good size and flavour really good. Remember, it’s always a good idea to give your bunch of Celery some love on delivery day or you may find it ends up in ‘too hard right now' basket. Spend 5 minutes cutting, washing and drying then place in a resealable container - you'll be amazed how quickly you (and everyone else in your home) use it when it’s ready to eat on opening your ridge door. 

  • Generally speaking the veges we have on offer at the moment have been excellent. Stand outs this week include – Herbs - Flat Parsley in particular, Eggplant, Basil, Corn, Bok Choy, Snowpeas, Leeks, Jap Pumpkin, Shallots, Carrots, Beans, Heritage Tomatoes, Kumera & Cherry Tomatoes – all varieties.  

  • A quick note about the Second Quality offerings we have available on our site....from one week to another we have no idea how many will be available as the seconds are rejected from 1st quality produce.....so, please make a note with your order if you would like us to replace your order of Seconds with the first quality equivalent should the Seconds not be available.

  • Keep an eye on your green - the hot days can send your greens limp at an alarming rate! To bring back a sad/droopy/thirsty bunch of Celery/Silverbeet/Lettuce/Asian Greens simply re-cut the stem and submerge in water....you will be amazed at the recovery. Any major problems please lettuce know. We stand firmly behind our quality guarantee and would not like to think that anything we have supplied you has ended up straight in your compost.

  • As many of you have already seen on our instagram (and this week in our newsletter) we are testing the waters on a new fresh logo (thank you Kate McKay). We thought we would show it to you now so that when it appears on our new website (a month or so away from being rolled out to some delivery areas) you will all know that nothing has changed at our end – same family, doing the same things we have been doing for over 2 decades. For anyone wondering, Lettuce head isn’t going anywhere – the smiley face has been with us for 21 years and is known far and wide – let’s face it he is quite unforgettable! Our new logo will run alongside our Lettuce head. 

  • 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.....

  • 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 ! 
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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.