This report was updated on Wednesday 4th May 2016 for deliveries 9th - 12th May 2016.
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.
If you find you have missed the Cut-off's simply call our office - of course we will do our best to fill an order for you if we can : )
- Sorry about the shortage of Strawberries this week - Fred's Victorian season is drawing to a very fast close with the cooler weather and will be completely over in the next few weeks....at about the same time the QLD Strawberry season will be getting under way with berries from Pim and Julia, until the Strawberries are back in abundant supply we will do our best to share the limited supply we do have around. Sorry for any inconvenience.
- The Hass avocadoes available are expensive and super small. Even though the fruit is being sold to us as a size 28, they are smaller than we expect our size 28 fruit should be....and prices are still holding as there is very little competition for the Sydney Market. Could I suggest the 2nd Quality fruit - these avos are picked at the same time as the first quality fruit...but may be extra small, an odd shape or have a rub mark on the skin. The last of the Reed avos have been sent out this week - keep in mind they are right at the end of the WA season and ripening at lightning speed.
- A quick reminder that we have absolutely no control over the quality or colour of our 2nd Quality Bananas. As you all know, we pre-sell our produce at Lettuce Deliver...so we don't have produce waiting for sales....this is generally the reason retailers offer Smoothie bananas - their unsold bananas from the week before. Our Smoothies come from a Sydney Wholesaler who supplies bananas into the supermarkets. So, the fruit may be too green, too ripe, too small, too big, too bent, too straight...only joking. But, the list of requirements for fresh produce at some of the major outlets is astonishing. Anyway, that's to our advantage in this case as we are able to offer you a cheaper price point on bananas compared to the top quality bananas we always have available for you from Rabbit, Grima and McCarthy. Keep in mind the Smoothies can be just that - overripe - spotty numbers that require immediate peeling and use or freezing at your end. Each week we open the lids on the smoothies we have no idea what we are going to get....just a reminder : )
- Early season Navelina's from Mount Gayndah Eco Fruit have been fantastic - sweet, juicy and large....We also still have available 'end of season' Valencia Oranges from Fatgoose which are on the smaller side. A mixture of both of these varieties is lovely for juicing....for eating stick to the Navelina. Valencia's have been off the trees for quite some time now so you will literally see them break down if left on a bench. Valencia's must be stored in the fridge.
- Paw Paw has finally returned to the list this week - but have arrived so green, it is unlikely the fruit will be eaten anytime soon....unless of course you are making a green paw paw salad or choose green for juicing. To ripen a stubborn paw paw, firstly wash the skin and dry thoroughly, then wrap up like a lolly in the butchers paper we line our boxes with (twist the ends) and leave in a warm location for a few days. It is more than likely the fruit will be of similar ripeness for the next few weeks.
- Crimson Grape season will continue for another 1 - 2 weeks. Amazingly the grapes are still quite crunchy...but of course most stems are now discoloured and there are a few bad grapes on each bunch. Can I suggest examining your grapes on arrival and removing any damaged fruit before storing in the fridge, preferably in an airtight container.
- Honeydew Melon, Pears & Apples - all varieties, Kiwifruit - although still on the firm side, Persimmons, Custard Apples, Ruby Grapefruit, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Imperial Mandarins and Rhubarb have been great.
- Make your Mini Roma Cherry Tomatoes a 'use first' item this week, the fruit we have received from McMahon in QLD are super delicious....but super ripe - they may not see out the week.
- Drum roll please...QLD Cauliflower is starting this week from Black Crow and possibly Gary & Kathy Harm. Heads will still be on the smaller side as they are the first pick, but they will be nice and white. Gary's Broccoli is also now looking superb. 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.
- ...thinking of QLD seasons - New season Beans from Trevor Mahaffey have been delicious. Order with confidence.
- Shane's Tomatoes are still in very short supply and are likely to be for at least the next 3 - 4 weeks. At this time of year, we see fruit that at other times of the year would not make it into 'first quality' boxes....as well as fruit that is a little greener than we would usually like.
- The end of the Onion and Garlic season is upon...this can result in the veg beginning to want to grow again under the right conditions. Store in a well ventilated, cool area of the kitchen. If your onions or garlic do start to sprout, it is still fine to eat. You can remove the sprout if you prefer, otherwise simply cut up, sprout and all ! Garlic price has started to climb this week as demand is now far outweighing the available supply.....this forces the price up, while the quality of the garlic is deteriorating....
- Brussel Sprouts from Quintin Bland in Yeltholm are 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.
- Veges in General have been excellent. Stand outs being - Lebanese Cucumber from Shane, Kale - all varieties (Green Curly and Red Russian on Grower special this week - $3.00 per bunch), Bok Choy and Pak Choy (also on Grower Special - $2.80 per bunch this week), Celery from Helps Rd (although there are still some problems with browning leaves and in some cases have the centres cut out - this is happening on farm), Lettuce - all varieties from Jo and Paul, Baby Veg & Kohl Rabi from Rachel, Carrots from Arahura and Bremner as well as Dutch Carrots from Burrell, Corn (although on the smaller side) from Pinnacle, Eschallots from Caffra and Zucchini from Mexborough. Chinese Cabbage back on the list this week from Wiseman's Farm.
- 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. Glenrose Eggs back on the list this week ! Woohoo !
- Please keep in mind that we guarantee the quality of all of the produce we supply you. We hate to think that anything we have supplied you has ended up straight in the compost...but we are dealing in fresh fruit and veg with no control over the weather... and these things can happen. Thankfully not often ! We have updated our website with the most up to date and accurate information available to us at this time, but due to weather conditions 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 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 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 which means that we have to be able to prove these claims at a moment's notice : )
- We strongly recommend the use of our FREE ice packs to be delivered with your order. Just remember to keep them clean and out of the sun so that we can collect them when we drop off your next order. We also welcome the return of all other packaging material that may find it's way into your order, egg cartons, bubble wrap, plastic boxes, etc. Please leave all these goodies in your returning boxes out for our drivers to collect on your next delivery.