This report was updated on Wednesday 15th April 2015 for deliveries 20th - 23rdth April 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.

  • As with most weeks that follow the Easter long weekend, there were a few gaps in supply...thankfully nothing too major...Except of course the Marlee May Goat Milk and new season Aussie Kiwifuit. So sorry everyone. As you may or may not know, all of our fresh milk (except Country Valley - which only arrives in Sydney each Thursday) arrives to us on a Monday morning...so we were not in a position to offer you an alternative for this specialised line. Unfortunately as we move closer to the cooler months, the supply of milk generally tightens up...especially Goat Milk. Jannei Goat Milk supply is a little more stable than the Marlee May's - so for customers who can't be without Goat Milk I suggest changing over to this brand - please keep in mind that it arrives into Sydney mid morning Tuesday....so for Monday and Tuesday deliveries your only option is the frozen Jannei (this milk is frozen down immediately on delivery and so it has a 7 day life from day of delivery) and we place our order with Jannei on a Friday afternoon....so make sure you place your order by 4pm Friday for secured supply....and the Kiwifruit were delayed in transport, only arriving into Sydney this morning. 
  • Imperial Mandarins will start this week from Mount Gayndah Eco Fruit !! As with the first pick of each Mandarin season fruit will be on the smaller side, which as many of you know has always been our preferred size. Prices will ease in the next month or so as more Growers start their season. Bonita & Les will also begin to pick their early Navelina's in the next week or two...Until then we can only offer you very late season Valencia's from Fatgoose. Flavour is still remarkably good, although the fruit itself is starting to look a little sad with what can only be described as spongy skins. Remember to refrigerate your Oranges as soon as possible, if left at room temperature the oranges will deteriorate at a very fast rate.
  • ..thinking of fast rate, Plums are coming to mind. Being so late in the season these little babies are full flavoured...but softening at lightning speed.
  • Grape season is drawing to a close and will be completely finished in the next 2 or so weeks. Flavour is still quite good, but, as with the end of each grape season, you may find the odd bad grape on the bunch and the stems are now a little discoloured. Know what to expect. It is best to inspect your grapes on arrival and remove any damaged grapes before storing. I personally remove the grapes from the stems on arrival and then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Smoothie Banana supply is still shaky...we will leave them on the list and hope for the best...but no promises. Banana supply in general is still extremely short across the country....hence there is very little supply to the supermarkets, which ultimately results in none to very few bananas becoming available for us to offer as Smoothie. Please make a note with your order if you would like us to supply first quality fruit if Smoothies are not available.
  • Granny Smith Apples from Forest Orchard available this week. Graeme's Grannies are 'the best', not as tart as others. Pink Ladies are the next cab off the rank...closely followed by Red Delicious. Graeme's Fuji & Gala Apples are delicious.  
  • Custard Apples, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Pineapples, Ruby Grapefruit and Paw Paw were great this week.
  • QLD has finally started their Brassica season...first cab off the rank - Broccoli. For any newcomers to  Lettuce, first pick of Winter Broccoli - which happens, not exactly in Winter : ) can only be described as fluffy. Don't let this put you off - the Broc is not old, it's just not formed tightly....this will all change in the next few weeks. Keep in mind that Gary & Kathy leave quite a bit of stem on their broc - Don't discard. Potato peel, as the skin around the stem can be quite thick and cook as you would the flowerette. We personally peel the thick stem of broccoli and then slice into discs...Cauli's ? I hear you asking - Not yet. First QLD Cauli's will be ready in approx 3 - 4 weeks.... Can't come soon enough. Until then all we can offer you are extremely pricey, small Cauli's that are being severely affected by insects and are presenting with some discoloration. Can I steer you all to Broccoli until Gary and Kathy start their glamour season. We know many of you are using Cauli for medicine so we will continue to offer them ....but please only order them if you can't be without.
  • ...Cabbage - both Green and Red are not far off the Cauli in terms of disappointment...all that is available at the moment are being stripped right back as outer leaves are discolouring (this is happening on farm) and the cabbage is small for the price...especially Red - incy wincy. Harm Cabbage season will start around the same time as the Cauli. If you must have cabbage, go for the Savoy from Quintin. Heads are bald also, but size is very good.
  • Brussels Sprouts from Quintin Bland in Yeltholm have been good, but they do need stripping back. As with most seasons these delicate tiny cabbages often develop black spotting on the outer leaves which need to be removed before cooking.
  • Celery from Helps Rd is still having some problems with browning leaves and in some cases have the centres cut out - this is happening on farm....good news is - Flavour is now excellent.  
  • It's that time of the year again when the Allium Family is wanting to grow again. Under the right conditions your garlic and onions will come to life. Keep in a well ventilated, cool area of the kitchen. Don't let the green shoot put you off, just eat it ! 
  • Unfortunately Energetic Sunflower Sprouts will not be available again in the short term. Procuring of organic seeds is proving very difficult.
  • Squash - now coming from Master Squash Grower O'Shannassy, Dutch Carrots, Collards, Pumpkin - all varieties, Basil (on grower special this week), Red Capsicum, Lebanese Cucumber, Beans, Round Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini have been excellent.
  • We are experiencing a severe egg shortage. Ian from Clarendon Farm is in the process of moving to a new location...Hens are now being moved to their new home and they are not happy ! The girls are literally in a flap and 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.