This report was updated on Wednesday 25th February 2015 for deliveries 2nd - 5th March 2014.
Monday - Wednesday Delivery: Order by 4pm Friday for priority supply.
Monday delivery: Orders accepted up until 6am Saturday.
Tuesday/Wednesday delivery: Orders accepted up until 4pm Sunday.
Thursday Delivery: Orders by 9.30am Monday.
- ..as I am sure you will all agree the Royal Gala Apples from Forest Orchard are amazing, delicious, fantastic ! Super crunchy with a magnificent flavour. Graeme is now also supplying us with Juicing Apples which are simply his second Quality Gala which may be a strange shape, extra small, or extra big - excellent value for $. Jonathon Apples are Forest Orchards next cab off the rank. Granny Smith Apples have started this week from McMahon...so we will replace the Mutsu with Grannies for all of those customers requiring green apples for medicine.
- Sorry about the lack of green grapes this week. Unfortunately the Thompson Seedless Grapes were a scratching from Borderland as the quality was not up to scratch and Sultana were a scratching in our warehouse...the grapes arrived a little too brown and a little too soft for our liking. I hope the Ralli Seedless worked at your end. It's always such a hard call, obviously these varieties are nothing alike...Ralli Grapes will now be replaced by a favourite at our end - Crimson. The crunchiest of all varieties with a super sweet flavour. Order with confidence. Please keep in mind that tightly clustered organic grapes can present a few bad grapes per bunch - it just happens. Robinvale will start their Sultana Grape season this week.
- ...and it's time for us to take White Nectarines off the list for this season. I'm sure you will all agree the fruit has been good...most up until last week....we did receive a few late reports of browning flesh which of course we take very seriously at our end as this is an indication it is time to flick them from the list...Early Monday we investigated the new stock to find only white flesh...as you all know fruit with brown flesh look no different to fruit with white flesh...so we randomly choose fruit to cut....but we obviously can't cut every piece....and then we received a call from a customer who had just received her order Monday with....brown flesh...So we took them off the packing line. There is nothing quite like biting into a bad piece of fruit... Anyway, these things do happen randomly at the end of the season...So please lettuce know if you did receive fruit and had problems. Please don't send us aggressive emails or call demanding a refund. Obviously it is not in our interest to sell you fruit that is not up to scratch as we guarantee the quality of the goodies we sell to you....we don't have x-ray vision and we are dealing in fresh produce. These things do happen from time to time....thankfully not often. Yellow Nectarines are still without incident so we will continue to offer them to you this week....but keep in mind as we approach end of season it is not unusual for the fruit to start to look a little wrinkly around the cylix.
- Peach season will also draw to a close over the next month. David Fairey's last varieties of Peaches are ready to go and are looking amazing. Sugar Plums from David are also fantastic....the Plum season is also nearing the end which results in the fruit ripening at lightning speed. Know what to expect. Sugar Plums will remain the produce special this week. These little teardrop shaped plums are delicious.
- Valencia Oranges are also approaching the end of the season...fruit is starting to feel a little soft, but flavour is still good. Remember to refrigerate at your end. Know what to expect.
- Strawberries from Fred Rowdowsky are still trickling in...so fruit will remain to be a combination of fruit from Fred and McMahon. Please keep in mind, that the delicious QLD Strawberries will only last a few days in the fridge.
- Lemons are still really scarce across the country. Some of you may have mistaken your Lemons for Limes over the last few weeks. The fruit will colour up very quickly if left in a warm location in your kitchen.
- Cavendish Bananas, Fingerlimes, Lychees, Passionfruit, Mangosteens, White Dragonfruit, Pears - all varieties, Rockmelon and Seedless Watermelon have been great.
- Corn deserves a special mention...it is superb ! Like Peas, Corn should be an 'eat first' item as they are sweetest when they are first picked. For any extended delay in eating it is best to cut off the kernels and freeze for later use.
- As many of you know, we are experiencing a severe egg shortage. Ian from Clarendon Farm is in the process of moving to a new location...no Hens have been moved at this stage...but simply the movement of sheds coupled with the weather is sending the girls into a flap and they are stressed. At this stage we are not concerned about not having eggs, but we are having to buy in eggs to make up the gap in supply from Clarendon. If you are wanting Ian's eggs or nothing please advise.
- At the other end of the spectrum Shane Eldridge has more tomatoes and cucumber than he can jump over - I can only remember this happening once before in 15 years...and it won't last long. Tomatoes on super special this week $6.00 per kilo and Baby Leb Cuc in 300gm punnets only $4.50 this week.
- English Cucumber now also in good supply from Paul Cremona and not a moment too soon. Many of you received Leb Cucumber this week instead of English as the cuc was simply not up to scratch. Paul's Mixed Herbs are also extremely generous in size and only $2.80 per bunch this week.
- Jo's farm is looking super healthy - all varieties of lettuce look great - Jo's pick this week is Cos.
- Taking the saying 'rain, hail or shine' to a whole new level this week, Pim managed to get our Salad Mix to Sydney even though her property was literally flooded...She did need the rain, but there's rain and then there's rain ! Take a look at the News Page to see a few photos. So, unlike other weeks when you can eat your Salad Mix literally 3 weeks after it arrives...this week you should make a 'use first' item, as red lettuce leaves in particular bruise easily.
- Cauliflower supply is improving but is still not available in sufficient numbers to fill all orders in full - hence half heads supplied... Keep in mind that Summer Cauliflower are always a little ugly and never tightly formed like a Winter Cauli. They are often a few shades off white in colour, but taste the same as a beautiful cauliflower when they are cooked.
- Some of the Ginger we are supplying you is New season which means it does not have the thick golden brown skin you may associate with Ginger and should be handled carefully at your end. Store in a cool, dry location...kept in the fridge the Ginger will begin to mould.
- Ok...so it's time to prepare for your first organic meal replacing spaghetti with 'Spaghetti Squash' or Vegetable Spaghetti as some people call it. You asked for it....so David Ross in Walcha planted the seeds. It has taken 4 months for the oblong shaped veg to mature and they have just changed from white to a yellow colour which means they are ready to go. So...Spaghetti Squash closely resembles a pumpkin when cut....that is until it is cooked. I hear that that is when the magic happens. You can boil, bake or microwave. My brother (Paleo veteran) suggests baking is the best method. Simply cut in half (cross ways), the flesh curls around the Squash which means by cutting cross ways you keep the strands long) do not remove seeds and place flesh down on a baking tray (don't forget to line with Parchment Paper) and then bake on about 180 degrees for approx 35 - 40 minutes. You want the skin of the Spaghetti Squash to become soft. When soft, remove from the oven and leave to cool. When cool remove the seeds and then scoop out the flesh...which will have magically turned into what can only be described as spaghetti like strands. Resembling the flavour of Squash or Zucchini when cooked which is very mild/blandish (that is unless they are coming from Green Gables - superb flavour at the moment). Spaghetti Squash is an excellent substitute for pasta in pasta dishes....as your magic spaghetti will soak up the flavour of your accompanying sauce, bolognaise, etc. If cooking in the microwave it will take about 10 minutes per half (check on your Squash - microwaves vary incredibly these days in ability)...Cook each half separately..Place upside down in a bowl that has approx 1/2 cup of water in it and cover with cling wrap. Best to do in 3 minute spurts first time so you can get the timing right. Take care - your Spaghetti Squash will become super hot ! Like Broccoli, Spaghetti Squash should not be overcooked or it will become very soft and mushy. Try something new. Investigate the internet for an amazing array of Spaghetti Squash Cooking Ideas. Send us a pic of what you do with your Spaghetti Squash this week. Thank you David. You have made our Cave Men and Women very happy this week. David's Snowpeas have also been great.
- Red Capsicum from Shane Eldridge, Cherry Tomatoes from McClure, Valente and Shane, Beans from Hamilton, Jap & Butternut Pumpkin from Nature's Haven, Basil, Silverbeet & Bok Choy from Charlie, Zucchini & Squash from Green Gables and Snowpeas from David Ross were excellent this week.
- You asked us and we have heard you....Single Chicken Breasts available this week in 250 - 300gm packs. Please keep in mind that an order for 1 packet of meat (espy 250gm) is not going to remain frozen on delivery. Simply pop in the fridge on delivery and use within 5 days. Our frozen meat has not been sitting around fresh....our order is cut and frozen down the same day.