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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 16th October for deliveries 21st - 24th October 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 : Jap Pumpkin - 1kg or more - $2.80 per kilo.
Coming from Organic Valley Produce in Murray Upper, QLD.

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  • ...drum roll please...Sharmaine has confirmed she is picking the first of her KP Mangoes next week - so that means we will have them on the list week starting Monday the 28th - Yeahah. Everyone is talking about good yields in Mangoes this year which should result in a plentiful supply and great pricing - double Yeahah! Early Plums and Apricots will follow soon after - approx mid - late November. Summer fruits are not far off everyone....hang in there...it won't be long....
  • ...until then, end of Winter fruits is what we have on offer. I'm sure you will all agree the Lady William Apples from Don Edwards were remarkably good this week - they are now the pick in the Apple department alongside Graeme's Pink Lady and Grannies. Both have been really good  considering it is so late in the season. All of the fruit now has some surface bruising which can't be helped - know what to expect. 
  • This will be the last week we will offer Navel Oranges this season....Valencia are now pretty good and will sweeten with each passing warm week. For anyone buying Navels this week remember to refrigerate asap at your end....same goes for all Winter fruits. Left unrefrigerated your Navels, Apples, Kiwifruit and Mandarins will literally start to shrivel before your eyes - but you can extend their life by keeping them cold. Warm weather coupled with end of season fruit can always present problems....so make sure you closely inspect your fruit on arrival - especially 3kg bags of Navel Oranges. Being inside a bag, one problematic orange can send others bad at lightning speed if touching.  
  • For everyone asking about late Packham Pears from WA - they are a week or so from starting.....
  • Avana Mandarins (also known as Mediterranean) are starting this week from Karra Organic Citrus - definitely now the pick in the Mandies - flavour is good and skin easy peel.  
  • Our QLD Strawberries from Pim survived last week's downpour - just! As veterans of Lettuce know, the curtain will come down on Pim's season with the heavy rains. If this happens unexpectedly we will look to fruit from Coochin and McMahon. Before we know it we will have Fred Rowdosky's Summer Strawberries back on the list!
  • Blueberries, Hass Avocadoes, Bananas, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly) & Paw Paw were fantastic this week. 
  • Kevin Black has a heap of Squash that will be ready for picking by the weekend - super special $9.00 per kilo. 
  • Keeping with the Squash theme....Mt Alma also have a huge amount of Spaghetti Squash ready to go. Pieces are around the 1kg mark and only $4.00 per kilo this week. Spaghetti Squash is a paleo delight and such an amazing substitute for Spaghetti. There are a number of ways to cook it, but we have found the easiest way is to cut in half, scoop out the seeds, add a little butter, salt and pepper and then roast cut side down at around 200 degrees for about 40 minutes. When ready the cut side will be golden and the flesh easily pierced with a fork. Then, simply use the fork to fluff and separate the 'spaghetti'. 
  • Mini Tiara Cabbage back on the list this week from Shane....We are also switching over to cauli from Shane this week. Summer Cauli's are never as densely formed as winter Cauli's and are often a shade or two off white....but once cooked you'd never know! 
  • Dutch Cream Potatoes from Rob Bauer are delicious - but a little smaller than usual this week. Not Chat size - but smaller than we have been supplying you. Know what to expect.  
  • Thank you to everyone who has sent love letters over the Petite cherry Tomatoes - so so good. Sadly the special on these little babies is over....but....Green Camel do have some extra small petites which they are supplying in bulk - only $16.00 per kilo. We do have a minimum purchase of 500gm on these...but most of you have been buying at least 2 - 3 punnets per week - so getting through 500gm should be a breeze and it is such excellent value. Not sure how long the small petites will be available ...so don't wait! 
  • I'm sure you have noticed that Charlie's Bok Choy is holey!...and the holes are not looking like going away any time soon.  Charlie has a problem with a black and yellow ladybird that is literally eating our greens! Charlie and Vic are working on a solution...but at this stage all we can offer you is swiss cheese looking bunches. There is always a positive - plants that have been eaten by insects go into repair mode which increases phytonutrients. I have always told my kids the fruit and veges  eaten by insects are the best, because they were the chosen one by another living creature....as you can imagine most of what we take home has come from the reject pile....so embrace the hole this week...it's really all we can do. Charlie's Fennel is in good supply this week - only $3.20 each. 
  • Generally speaking our Veges have been great - Broccoli, Red capsicum. Leeks, Broad Beans, Broccolini, Kale - all varieties,  Lebanese Cucumber, Snowpeas, Asparagus, Herbs, Shallots, Dutch Carrots, Zucchini, Mushrooms, Pumpkin - both Jap (our produce special this week), Amber Sweet and Butternut were stand outs this week.
  • We have already had a few enquires about our Christmas closing times this year....we are still considering this one. With Christmas Eve on a Tuesday we are contemplating if it is possible for us to offer deliveries to all areas on Monday & Tuesday...obviously if we squeeze all deliveries into 2 days we will need to alter delivery times for some areas.....we will make a decision soon and advise if this is possible or if last deliveries will be made week starting the 16th December.  
  • New season Italian Garlic has been great - Order with confidence. Russian Garlic on the other hand is still 'old season' and is looking a little rough with some cloves a little discoloured, while others are developing a sprout through the centre as the garlic is wanting to grow again. If you can get past the look of the Russian - flavour is still good.   
  • 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 : )

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THANK YOU

Thank you all so much for support regarding our listing on NSW Food Authorities site for being in breach of a food act. If you have been blissfully oblivious to the drama, you can come up to speed here... or just sail on by and come on in to order our Aussie grown, All Certified Organic Fruit & Veges : )

RAW GOAT MILK FROM NIMBIN VALLEY

...back on the list this week. Stock is arriving mid morning each Thursday with 8 days life....so we will freeze immediately which will give you 7 days fresh life from delivery day.

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.