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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 5th August for deliveries 10th - 13th August 2020

Orders for delivery Monday - Thursday need to be placed no later than 1pm 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 over the last few months as we chopped and changed the way we have been delivering to you as we worked around the Corona Virus and the strangeness that it 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...

....BUT due to the recent cases of Corona Virus in Sydney we will only pick up your empty boxes if we can safely separate them from orders we are yet to deliver in our vehicles .....our priority will be poly boxes....so if we take your poly (please put all packaging material in your poly) and not your cardboard - please recycle the cardboard at your end that week.

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).

We are all still well....none of our family (including staff) have come into direct contact with any person carrying the virus and we are following strict procedures at our end to limit the chance that our team are exposed to the virus.

Our warehouse is still not open to the public at all and Couriers delivering stock to us are not coming inside our warehouse. We are following all of the guidelines provided to us by the World Health Organisation aswell as our Government to reduce any potential exposure to COVID-19.

Take care everyone,

Emma for Ben Slade and Cheryl & Bob Stuart


Please take note:

  • No additions of changes to orders will be accepted after 1pm 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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  • It's hard to believe...but...Aussie Kiwifruit season is drawing to a close. Keep in mind that end of season Kiwi's ripen at lightning speed and are best stored in your fridge.  
  • ....in fact it is time to store all of your winter fruits in the crisper or you will see them deteriorate at a very fast rate - that is Apples, Kiwifruit, Pears, Mandarins and Navel Oranges. Apples and Packham Pears in particular have been off the trees for some time and are starting to show their age. We like eating our apples at room temperature...so we store our apples in the fridge...then put in the fruit bowl each morning, the fruit we will consume that day. The pick of the apples is still definitely Fuji & Pink Lady - both still available from Forest Orchards.
  • If you don't have Strawberries on the list - treat yourself. The fruit coming from Pim has been superb, delicious fantastic!
  • Blueberries, Blood Oranges, Passionfruit (although arriving a little wrinkly), Hass Avocadoes, Lemonade Fruit and Navel Oranges have been excellent.  Bosc Pears back on the list this week from Mock Red Hill Farm.
  • Sweet Potato - Kumera coming from Ken Small in Cudgen has been fantastic. Sweet Potato is such a versatile vegetable which can be used roasted in salads, baked with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt to make a delicious side dish....or try one of our favs which is Loaded Sweet Potato skins. So quick and easy....and a winner with adults and kids.  Simply pierce each sweet potato a few times and bake at 200 degrees for 50 minutes, or until soft. Let the sweet potatoes cool then cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh leaving a thin layer of sweet potato inside, and add flesh to a medium bowl. Place skins back on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 200 degrees  for 10 minutes. Mash the sweet potato flesh with milk, salt, pepper and minced garlic until smooth and creamy. Remove sweet potato skins from oven, fill each with an equal amount of mixture and top with cheese. Bake at 200 degrees  for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with crumbled bacon. Serve with sour cream and chives. Yessss...so good.
  • ...also make sure you have Broccolini on the menu this week...In good supply from Frais Farm - bunches are only $4.60 each. Although these are actually Broccoli Shoots - they taste just as good. Try them pan fried with garlic and chilli (if you like a kick), add a little water, cover and cook until stems are bright green - don't overcook! Season with lemon juice and salt. So easy, quick and delicious.
  • Baby Spinach & Rocket 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.
  • Garlic is at the end of the season and wanting to grow again - some bulbs are now splitting as we handle them, resulting in us supplying you cloves...and some cloves are now a little discoloured.
  • Veges (although prices are high due to shortages in supply) in general have been excellent. Silverbeet, Corn, Bok Choy, Cherry Tomatoes - all varieties, Snowpeas, Sugar Snap Peas, Zucchini, Beans, Cabbage - all varieties, Button Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts (although most are requiring stripping back due to black spotting on outer leaves), Pumpkin - both varieties, Broccoli & Cauliflower, Lebanese Cucumber, Onions - both Gold and Spanish, Parsnip, Salad Mix & Red Capsicum were stand outs in the veg this week.  Spaghetti Squash back on the list this week from Mt. Alma in QLD.
  • Winter is definitely upon us ....the cool weather resulting in produce across the country growing at a snail's pace..! Thankfully we have been co-operatively trading with our growers and suppliers for a period extending over 20 years and so we should not be without stock...but in saying that there can always be some gaps in supply. 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. End of June and July is notoriously problematic with supply....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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.....Please leave all these goodies in your returning boxes out for our drivers to collect on your next delivery. If our drivers are not picking up your boxes please lettuce know.
     
  • 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 : )

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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.