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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 13th February for deliveries 18 - 21st February 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 : Corn - $1.50 each.
Coming from Charlie & Vic Galea in Theresa Park, NSW.

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  • Graeme and Fiona Schultz have confirmed that their Royal Gala Apples are looking good and will be available in the next few weeks - Woohoo! Until their amazing season starts, we have great Gala & Granny available from McMahon in QLD and now Fuji available from Don Edwards in VIC. Juicing Apples are also great value - they are simply new season Gala with an insect bite, a strange shape and/or just really small coming from GMP Farm.  
  • Plums coming from Green Gables have been superb - Blood have been the stand out. Angelina/Sugar back on from David this week. Peaches have also been excellent!! I love slip stone peaches - simply cut in half and twist to free the seed.
  • Grapes were also amazing this week...Ralli Seedless, Crimson & Thompson Seedless all sure to please. Please keep in mind that there may be a few bad grapes amongst your bunch (that goes for all varieties)..it just happens especially on bunches that are tightly formed like Crimson. 
  • For anyone who has not yet tried a Fingerlime do yourself a favour - they are a wonder of nature and they are never around long enough. They look like a long dark coloured lime...you cut them in half and squeeze...when you do so, little balls of flavour burst out. Amazing ! With flesh that is red or green in colour, these little citrus balls are a fantastic accompaniment to fish (try with the NZ King Salmon or Cone Bay Barramundi we have on offer).       
  • Strawberries coming from Victoria and Queensland are not lasting long....Make a 'use first item' for the time being. Can I suggest the Blueberries from Sky Blue - so so good and some of the biggest Blueberries we have seen this season.  
  • A quick note about the Second Quality Stonefruit - from one week to another we have no idea how many will be available.....so, please make a note with your order if you would like us to replace your order of Seconds with First quality fruit should the Seconds not be available. As many veterans of Lettuce know we generally supply our stonefruit on the firm side....we do this so they get to you in one piece as well as allowing you to decide when they ripen. For those of you who like to eat your stonefruit hard refrigerate on arrival....they will eventually become soft...but not quickly. For those who like a dripping peach, simply leave at room temperature. 
  • Mangoes are back on the list this week with the last variety of the season - Keitt. This mango is quite skinny with a thin seed and red blush. They are sweet with a slight tang.
  • Dragonfruit (on grower special this week - $20 per kilo), Rockmelon, White Nectarines, Mangosteens (careful - available by the kilo this week due to variations in size) and Hass Avocadoes also deserve a special mention. YUM! Small Pineapples on grower special this week - $7.00 each. 
  • Cauliflower supply is yet to improve...prices are outrageous due to very little supply and huge demand. To add insult to injury this week the large Cauli's we had arriving from Caffra were the same size as the Mini Cauliflowers we had from Fred - Arrhhh. So if you are wondering why you received 2 small cauli's instead of 1 big one....that is the reason. 
  • As if it wasn't obvious from the price - Carrots are also in extremely short supply. Hang in there,  Wombat Farm will start their season in the next 2 weeks or so which will make for competition to market bringing the price down. 
  • Celery quality was a worry this week. Water damage and browning leaves resulted in serious culling at our end. Know what to expect everyone, certainly not the prettiest Celery we have seen...but Celery none-the-less. As with each year the Celery from SA often has the centre cut out of the bunch - this happens on farm.   
  • Red Caps from Shane are still in good supply - small sized fruit on grower special again this week - $16.00 per kilo. So sorry about the shortage on Baby Cucumber in punnets....we had 2 boxes lost in transit - still unable to be located! Supply should be fine for deliveries starting Monday the 18th.
  • Lettuce will again be on the very small side. Know what to expect.
  • A quick note about our QLD Dutch Cream - they are wanting to grow again and under the right conditions are starting to sprout. Sorry everyone, this can't be helped....the potatoes themselves are still firm and taste delicious. Good news is that Pay Kyne in Thorpdale will start her local season next week. 
  • Sweet Potato, Baby Spinach PP, Shallots, Zucchini, Sugar Snap Peas, Carrots, Beans (now coming from SA), Lebanese Cucumber, Tomatoes - Roma in particular, Turmeric, Broccolini, Jap Pumpkin, Mushrooms and Corn (our produce special again this week) have been great. Apple Cucumber back on the list this week from David Ross. 
  • As with most February's....we are experiencing some fairly extreme weather conditions - hot and wet being one of the worst for Growers around the country. Of course these conditions can always present random problems across a whole range of produce...Please keep in mind that we guarantee the quality of all of the produce we supply you. We would hate to think that anything we have supplied you has ended up straight in the compost...but we are dealing in fresh fruit and veg and these things can happen...thankfully not often ! 
      
  • 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.

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.