This report was updated on Wednesday 29th July 2015 for deliveries 3rd - 6th August 2015.

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.

  • I don't want to say it has been one of those weeks...but it has been one of those weeks ! It started with the Brushed Desiree from Shane that arrived, which were actually Brushed Sebago.....The Bananas were next, Lady Finger were a no show again. Garden Peas were delayed in arrival....expected Thursday this week. Round Cherry Tomatoes were simply not good enough and the Flat Beans and Mushrooms were unavailable....not to mention less than half the amount of Wild Rocket PP we were expecting from Coolibah arrived....and the Marlee-May Goat Milk was delayed and arrived late Tuesday morning...and there were a few other little problems, which aren't so little if they affect your order - I know. The good news is that we were able to replace most of the missing items with something similar...July is notoriously problematic with supply due to the cooler weather and shortage of produce in general. We have again updated our website today with the most up-to-date and accurate  information about what will be available for next weeks 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 selling Certified Organic Produce. We are Certified with NASAA...and can produce an audit trail on all our produce at a moment's notice.
  • There is one major problem already presenting itself for deliveries starting Monday the 3rd August....and that is that there will be no BD Homo 2ltr Milk available. Unfortunately we cannot offer you an equivalent alternative as Country Valley Milk is in extremely short supply. We have ordered extra BD Unhomo Milk as well as Barambah Full Cream to accommodate extra sales. Don't like the creamy top ? Vigorously shake your milk bottle to disperse cream prior to opening (each time).
  • ...and it is likely this will be the last week we will see Imperial Mandarin available this season. Could I suggest storing this week's fruit in the fridge to prolong life...Emperor, Amigo & Daisy Mandarins will be available over the next few weeks followed by Honey Mercott which will be the last variety available before the close of the Mandarin season for this year.
  • Packham Pears from Linton Greenwood are really showing their age now with wrinkling around the cylix. Don't let this put you off - the fruit itself is still really sweet and has good texture...but they will not last outside the fridge for long, it is best to store them in the fridge from here on in. Bosc on the other hand are fresh off the trees coming from Forest Orchard and are now the pick of the pears - Delicious ! 
  • ..thinking of items that should be stored in the fridge...Apples are also coming to mind. Still remarkably good for being so late in the season, they will soften, or slightly wrinkle if they are left in the fruit bowl for an extended period....it's hard to believe that another Winter fruit season is coming to an end ! Pick is definitely Fuji. 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.
  • Strawberries, Hass Avocadoes, Kiwifruit, Lemonade Fruit (although pretty ugly and BIG this season), Navel Oranges, Passionfruit and Tangellos have been great. Black Sapote on the list this week.
  • Finally, we have seen the return of Round Beans this week....but...as I unpacked my own order yesterday afternoon I noticed a wet spot on the bag containing the beans....On investigation I found one lonely bean that was soft and wet on one end...ARGGG...this one bean can send a handful of beans into a mouldy mess if it is not removed. Please have a look at your beans asap. 
  • Carrots from Arahura were fantastic this week....Super sweet and juicy.
  • Fresh Horseradish now available from Three Springs. 50gm punnet for $6.00. Woohoo !
  • Paul has been in touch to lettuce know that we are into the next patch of Iceberg lettuce which is much greener than the heads we have been receiving over the last few weeks. Size will also improve weekly from here on in, but at this stage are still on the smaller side. Herbs are also still recovering from the wet weather - Flat Parsley in particular have seen better days. Radish on the other hand has been excellent. Jo's lettuce is also quite small - pick this week is Mini Cos or of course - Salad Mix coming from Pim Mens in QLD. Charlie's local farm is looking pretty good with an abundance of Green Russian Kale available - also known as Dinosaur Kale, Cavolo Nero, Black Cabbage amongst other things. Available in half bunches this week - try something new - Excellent substitute for Silverbeet in most recipes. Charlie's Bok Choy also still in good supply so will remain at $2.90 per bunch this week.
  • Rocket  as well as 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.
  • As many of you know from past seasons, Winter tomatoes are never fantastic and 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. Good news is Shane has started supplying the majority of our tomatoes again.
  • Our Onions (which are generally now quite large in size - due to end of season and lack of choice) and Garlic are at the very 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 around September - November… Russian Garlic is now showing signs of age with some cloves becoming discoloured and are arriving in segments not bulbs....while Tassie grown Italian Garlic is holding up but now clearly shooting. Our pick of the Garlic is now the Garlic Onions - it is one piece of Garlic that is Round - approx 60gm each - a favourite in our house as it is so easy to peel. Ironically the price on all Garlic varieties is now increasing as the price is related to supply and demand....and unfortunately there is not much Garlic left on the market.
  • Veges in general have been outstanding. Bok Choy & Fennel from Charlie, Sweet Potato from Ken Small, Cabbage - both Green & Red, Broccoli & Cauliflower from Garry Harm, Lebanese Cucumber from The Rack Shack, Celery from Weier, Radishes from Paul, Zucchini & Eggplant from Silverado, Collard Bunches, Baby Beetroot Leaves (on Grower Special this week) & Rainbow Chard from Rachel, Salad Mix & Shallots from Pim Mens & Red Capsicum from Shane (although most are large in size) were excellent this week.
  • Unfortunately our supply of Clarendon Farm Eggs will be non-existent until further notice (Sorry to keep you all stringing along). Ian has moved location and has encountered one obstacle after another. The girls have been literally in a flap with stress. Until Ian's Eggs return we have Country Range available.  Glenrose Eggs are also in extremely short supply...so Frazer Coast Eggs also now available.