This report was updated on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 for deliveries 28th July - 31st July 2014.

Deliveries Monday - Wednesday: Order by 4pm Friday for Priority Supply
Orders for Monday delivery accepted up until 6am Saturday
Orders for Tuesday/Wednesday delivery accepted up until 4pm Sunday
Deliveries Thursday: Order by 9.30am Monday
  • Strawberries from Pim are still the front runner in the fruit department - they are amazing, delicious, fantastic - still $7.50 per punnet. Treat yourself. You won't be disappointed. Pim's 2nd Strawberries have also been fantastic - Excellent value for those of us cutting up fruit for little ones - $15.00 per 800gm punnet.  

  • Pick in the apples is still the Fuji’s coming from Graeme & Fiona Schultz...The Pink Ladies are also pretty good, although as we move further into the season they bruise more easily than when they are first picked from the trees. Red Del and Golden are now what we consider 'soft' and the Grannies are feeling a little slippery as they are producing their own natural coating to prolong their life. Rest assured this slipperiness is not wax...post - harvest waxing of apples is not allowed under the National Organic standard for Organic production. Keep in mind that Apples have now been off the trees for quite a while and it's getting to that time again when we all need to start thinking about storing our apples (as well as Pears and Mandarins) in the fridge to prolong life.

  • I'm sure you will all agree the Imperial Mandarins have been fantastic this season. Sadly it looks as though this will be the last week we will have the 'easy peel' fruit available this season. The good news is that the Daisy Mandarins are delicious (but not easy to peel)....and soon we will have Honey Mercott Mandarins on the list (sorry...also not an easy to peel variety).

  • ..and now to the Packham Pears from Forest Orchard. If you are one of the lucky or unlucky customers (depending on how you view large sized fruit) who received pears weighing up to approx 400gm each...so sorry. Now, we can see variations in size compared to what we may indicate on our website...but 4 x the indicated size is a little harsh. If you have purchased your Packhams for school lunchboxes and have found on delivery that the pears actually don't even fit into the lunchbox lettuce know. We will return to fruit from Greenwood Pears this week as it appears most of the fruit available from Forest Orchard is mammoth sized ! Keep in mind the pears, like apples have been off the trees for some time and are starting to show their age with some wrinkling around the cylix (part the pear was attached to tree).

  • Hass Avocadoes (now from Wodonga Park), Kiwifruit, Cavendish Bananas, Lemonade Fruit (although pretty ugly as usual), Navel Oranges, Passionfruit and Tangellos have been great. Bulk Nashi Pears available this week from Jarvis & Jarvis in Western Australia available this week and taste sensational. Sizes are ranging so please make a note whether you would like small or large fruit if size is an issue at your end.

  • As many of you know only a handful of Brussels Sprouts arrived from Kirkconnell this week after his 'snow covering' last week. So a quick reminder that the veg is definitely going to have some black spots on the outer skins, as it doesn't get much colder or wetter than snow ! 

  • As many of you know, some of the Red Caps we have sent out this week are not completely Red...unfortunately at this time of the year the process of becoming red from green is a painstakingly long, painful and expensive process for all involved. We are obviously also offering Coloured Caps which is fruit that is displaying more Green than Red...but may have some Red Caps that do have a small amount of Green on them. Know what to expect over the next few weeks.

  • Winter Tomatoes are also far from their best at this time of the year and are certainly no comparison to full flavoured Summer fruit. We are seeing some random problems, which is not unusual for this time of the year, as it is a direct result of the fruit taking so long to ripen. Any problems please lettuce know.

  • Our Onions & Garlic are coming to life....we do our best to sort through at our end, but, the odd shooting veg can slip through the cracks…..or appear at such a rate that you are sure to see them at your end. To slow down this process store in the fridge if you have room. Don’t worry if the green shoots do appear, just cut in half and remove before use or simply eat the shoot. Russian Garlic is now showing signs of age with some cloves becoming discoloured and others arriving in segments not bulbs.....ironically the price will also increase in the next few weeks as the price is related to supply and demand....and unfortunately there is not much Garlic left on the market. New Garlic season will start with Italian in September.

  • Beans from Mahaffey and Bio Fields, Sweet Potato & Garden Peas from Ken Small, Broccoli & Cauliflower from Garry Harm, Cherry Tomatoes from Isis, Lebanese Cucumber from The Rack Shack, English Cucumber from Boruca Farm, Snowpeas & Sugar Snap Peas from Rainbow, Zucchini from Nature's Haven and Salad Mix, Shallots as well as Baby Silverbeet from Pim Mens have been great. Jo's pick in the lettuce is Green Oak, but all varieties are really good.

  • We have had quite a few requests to offer a 'special' each week in terms of fresh produce as we do a grocery item. So, as you know we are guided by you and will trial until September before firmly committing. This week's special will be Green Curly Kale coming from Charlie Galea in Theresa Park, NSW - bunches $3.00 this week. (To take advantage of the Special each week you must order under the SP code, this includes customers who may have a standing or INC order with Lettuce - simply send us an email or text requesting the Special to be included with your order). As with the grocery special, we hope that you may try something you otherwise would not. Keep it simple - steam or boil your Kale as a side veg or use in a stir fry, add to a pasta dish, risotto, stew or soup. Basically you can replace Spinach or Cabbage with Kale in most recipes. A personal favourite in our house is Kale Chips. Tear the kale into bite size pieces, drizzle with Olive Oil, season and then bake until crisp. So easy !

  • Please excuse us over the next few weeks if indications we have of the origin or the size of the produce on our website is off the mark...supply of veg in particular is in short supply due to the extremely cold weather across the country. 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 selling Certified Organic Produce. We are Certified with NASAA...and can produce an audit trail on all our produce at a moment's notice.