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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 15th May for deliveries 20th - 23rd May 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 : Cos Lettue - $2.40 each. 
Coming from Charlie Galea in Theresa park, NSW.

GROCERY SPECIAL: Absolute Organic Rice - Basmati, Brown & White - 15% all of April
Your side to...well...almost everything : ) Providing instant energy, stablizing blood sugar levels and regulating bowel movements we should all have a pack in our order each week : )

  • Crimson Grape price has just skyrocketed! It's no wonder - Robinvale are the last to have grapes this season and they are so good! Stems are little discoloured as you would expect being so late in the season and there are a few grapes that may need binning, but generally speaking the fruit is great - crunchy & super sweet. Can I suggest examining your grapes on arrival and removing any damaged fruit before storing in the fridge, preferably in an airtight container. Season is wrapping up this week. 
  • ...the good news is that the winter fruits have been outstanding. Apples and Imperial Mandarins in particular are stand outs. So, so good! Apples are crunchy and sweet as we like them and the mandarins are easy peel with very few seeds. 
  • Bonita's Navel Oranges have also been delicious. Super juicy with good flavour. Late season Valencia's from Fat Goose are also still available - they are looking pretty tired....but flavour is still good. Remember to immediately refrigerate your Valencia's on arrival as they have been off the trees for quite some time.  
  • Lemons, Passionfruit, QLD Strawberries (won't be long before Pim starts her season), Bananas, Kiwifruit and Persimmons were also really good this week. 
  • Biodynamic Broccoli coming from Kathy & Gary Harm in Grantham has been excellent. Broccoli heads are now tightly formed and flavour fantastic. Keep in mind that the Harms leave quite a bit of stem on their Broc...do not discard, simply potato peel the outer thick layer and cook as you would the flowerette.... 
  • Beans have also been delicious....but were not looking the best this week with quite a bit of rust on the skins....this is a brown discoloration which is a direct result of rain. Beans are likely to be same this week...know what to expect. 
  • Our produce special this week - Cos - only $2.40 each. Caesar Salad this week everyone ?? I personally love Cos lettuce with Tahini dressing. So simple....tahini, olive oil, lemon, mustard, salt, honey, pepper and water to thin. We also love using Cos lettuce as an alternative to taco shells every now and then. Jett protests - he loves tacos and it just so happens we have them on special this month. Don't miss out! 
  • Thinking of Specials brings English Cucumber to mind. In plentiful supply from QLD - only $4.00 per kilo this week. 
  • Tim Hamilton has been in touch....no Garden Peas until week starting Monday the 27th.  
  • Brussel Sprouts (although arrived mid morning Tuesday) from Forest Herbs were amazing this week...but...similar to most other seasons some are requiring stripping back. These delicate tiny cabbages often develop black spotting on the outer leaves which need to be removed before cooking.
  • Tomatoes are still in very short supply...At this time of year, we see fruit that at other times of the year would not make it into 'first quality' boxes....as well as fruit that is a little greener than we would usually like. Know what to expect. 
  • Celery is also in extremely short supply. Bunches are on the smaller side and are being picked a little young which can result in the bunches felling 'floppy' . This can easily be fixed by re-cutting the stem and submerging in water. You will be amazed at the transformation. 
  • The end of the Onion and Garlic season is upon...this can result in the veg beginning to want to grow again under the right conditions. Store in a well ventilated, cool area of the kitchen. If your onions or garlic do start to sprout, it is still fine to eat. You can remove the sprout if you prefer, otherwise simply cut up, sprout and all ! Prices are starting to climb as a direct result of supply and demand. Ironically as the quality of both Onions and Garlic deteriorates as we move to the end of the season the price increases due to lack of supply : (   
  • Swedes, Bok Choy, Radishes, Green & Red Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Lettuce - all varieties, Parsnip, Mushrooms, Kale - all varieties, Silverbeet, Squash, Red Capsicum, Jap Pumpkin, Grape Cherry Tomatoes, Sugar Snap Peas,  Sweet Potato and Zucchini were outstanding this week. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 : )

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.