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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 18th July for deliveries 23rd - 26th July 2018

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 :  Silverbeet - $3.50 per bunch. Coming from Theresa Park, NSW. 

GROCERY SPECIAL : Herbs of Life - Kombucha - 15% off all of July
Herbs of Life is an artisan food & beverage company in the heart of the Blue Mountains, specializing in and producing traditional raw organic kombucha, therapeutic herbal teas, dehydrated living foods and other traditional ferments.

  • If you don't have Pim's Strawberries in your order at the moment - you really are missing out. Flavour and texture have been excellent. Pim's 2nd Strawberries have also been fantastic - Great value for those of us cutting up fruit for little ones. From one week to the next we have no idea how many second punnets will be available - as they are a grade out of first quality fruit....Please lettuce know if you would like a First quality punnet if Seconds are short delivered. 
  • It's hard to believe...but the end of Forest Orchard Apple season is upon us. Stocks of Golden Dels and Red Dels have now been completely exhausted. There are of course other apples on the market from Edwards and Mock Red Hill, Esperence Bay and McMahon just to name a few, so as Forest Orchard stocks run out we will of course look to these apples to keep all varieties available....but....keep in mind that all of the mentioned Growers have apples that have been off the trees for some time now....so please store your Apples in the fridge from here on in....Because it is that time of the year, we are rejecting quite a few apples each week from the first quality boxes which is resulting in our pile of juicing apples growing - $4.00 per kilo this week. Apple Puree, Apple Pies, Fresh Apple Juice, Poached Apple...could all be on the menu this week. 
  • .....The Schultz family have been perfecting their Apple Cider Vinegar making over the last 18 months and we have 500ml bottles available this week for only $7.75 each - made from our very own Aussie apples - Woohoo! 
  • Rockmelon back to normal size this week after the pixie variety we have been supplying you over the last few weeks. 
  • Navel Oranges, Lemonade Fruit, Kiwifruit, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Cavendish Bananas, Hass Avocadoes, Lemons and Grapefruit (both Yellow and Ruby) have been great. Blueberries back on the list this week from Kevin Black   
  • As you may or may not be aware, our local growers are really struggling with frost. In terms of lettuce this can result in browning of outer leaves...and in some cases inner leaves. As many Veterans of Lettuce know, we never strip our lettuce back - so they rarely ever look like the lettuce you see sitting on the shelves in  a shop. Admittedly removing the outer leaves does generally improve the initial impression of lettuce…but if we strip back outer leaves, the inner leaves become outer leaves at your end which then need to be removed, making the veg smaller and smaller at each strip back. Best time to take off outer leaves is just before use (unless they are damaged) as they are an excellent barrier against dehydration and damage to softer leaves. Pauls Herbs are also on the smaller side. Know what to expect. 
  • Green Curly Kale from Charlie in good supply - only $3.00 per bunch.
  • Add a little Turmeric to your life this week. In abundant supply from Pocket Park Farm, this root veg (or should I say spice) is a powerhouse we should all be consuming on a regular basis. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Not sure what to do with it - keep it simple - grate into a salad or throw into a smoothie. Alternatively you could roast with other veges or blend up with your favourite soup. Check the net - so many options.    
  • Sorry about the shortage on Rocket PP, Beans and Peas this week. The end of July and early August often present some problems with supply as the cold weather really hits. All of the above mentioned have been growing at a snail's pace - hence our expectation and then disappointment when we get the late call that the veg is simply too small to pick. Coolibah assure us Rocket will be available for Monday, Trevor is saying the same thing about his Beans and Ken about his Garden Peas.....so all going to plan the wholes we have felt this week will be filled week starting Monday the 23rd. 
  • Veges generally speaking have been great - Broccoli, Leeks, Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Cabbage - all varieties, Fennel, Carrots, Kale - all varieties, Corn (although husks are dry), Cherry Tomatoes - all varieties, Zucchini, Pumpkin - Jap in particular, Parsnip, Shallots and Salad Mix stand outs this week. 
  • Baby Spinach PP from Coolibah Herbs are being packed containing some Winter Grass...this really can't be helped at this time of the year. Know what to expect. 
  • Onions and Garlic are now at the end of their season and are wanting to grow again. The best way to slow this process is to store them in the fridge. If the green shoots do appear, just cut in half and remove before use or simply eat them too ! New season will begin again in August/September… Russian Garlic is now showing signs of age with some cloves becoming discoloured and arriving in segments not bulbs. Onion Garlic now available - these are 1 piece of Russian garlic shaped like an onion - so so easy to peel. 
  • 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. 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...in fact, we were audited this week - passed with flying colours of course : )  
  • Please return our boxes, icepacks and plastic boxes containing soft fruits and veges! These are of a considerable cost to our business and 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. 
  • 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 !  

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 : )

GOAT MILK

As with each year at this time, the supply of Raw, Unpasteurised Goats Milk is really tight. We will do our best to share around the stock we receive each week until of course the supply dries up completely - which will not be far away.   

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.