This report was updated on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 for deliveries 8th - 11th February 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 : )
- Generally the quality of both fruit and veg has been outstanding....that is, with the exception of Celery this week. On arrival, I almost had to pick my mouth up off the floor...bunches were very small, so small in fact there were 2 bunches joined by an elastic band to make 1 bunch...leaves were discoloured and some of the stalks had brown dotting on them - I put 'don't judge a book by it's cover' idea into action, to find that the flavour of the celery was actually quite good. It's always such a hard call whether or not we pull them off the packing line with goods we know so many of you are using for medicine. We decided to send them out this week at the price we had paid for them. The good news is that Celery will be available from Jason Huggins this week.
- I'm sure you will all agree the Gala Apples have been great. Juicing Apples will also come from McMahon this week - Mal's Juicers are just a small or strange shaped new season Gala. Excellent Value for money. Graeme and Fiona are looking as though they will start their season in a few weeks. New season Mutsu Apples are also available, they are very similar to a Granny Smith Apple - so similar in fact, that it would take an Apple expert to tell the difference. Strawberries from McMahon are sweet and juicy....but coming from QLD will only last a few days in the fridge. Know what to expect.
- Peaches from Green Gables are delicious and the produce special this week - $12 for a 1kg box.... Angelina Plums, Zucchini and Squash which are also grown by the Fairey's have been superb. Order with confidence.
- White Nectarines from Mancinelli are also really good....like last year some of the Nectarines - both Yellow and White are a little aesthetically challenged. Don't let it turn you off....a little skin mark here or there does not affect the flavour....thinking of Nectarines, Green Gables will start their amazing Nectarine season in the next week or two.
- ...and we've decided to give the last week of KP Mangoes a miss....we discarded a heap of fruit this week suffering from severe black spot....I know, the season is just not long enough !!! But...the good news is that the Keitt Mangoes (our personal fav as they are not stringy at all) will start in a week or two. In light of how many mangoes we have seen this week that are past their best, can I suggest you keep a close eye on your mangoes this week. Make a 'use first' item if possible.
- Sadly, Cherry season has also come to an abrupt end this week. I'm sure you will all agree - this season has been a good one. Fruit has been a very good size and flavour has been excellent.
- Lemons are still really scarce across the country. You could be excused for mistaking them for Limes as they are quite under ripe. The fruit will colour up very quickly if left in a warm location in your kitchen. Available fruit is expected to be the same this week - Know what to expect.
- Fingerlimes are back on the menu from Fingerlimecolours in Uki. Delicious, Amazing little fruit that are a guaranteed conversation starter, considering so many people have never seen them. A true wonder of nature they are amazing with fish and squeezed into beer.
- Seedless Watermelon, Tassie Blueberries and Bananas & All varieties of Grapes were great this week. Don't Mess With Mother Nature will start their super crunchy Autumn Royal Grapes this week - they apparently have seeds, but you will be lucky to see one. For the last 2 seasons, there has not been a seed in sight - but no promises. Menindee Grapes are still quite good - soon to be replaced with Thompson Seedless. Please keep in mind that there may be a few bad grapes amongst your bunch..it just happens especially on bunches that are tightly formed. Ralli Seedless Grapes from Jesmond were a stand out this week.
- Our local farms have really copped a battering with rain and hail over the last week, some of you will notice that your Bok Choy greens are a little torn, this is a direct result of hail damaging the delicate leaves. Please make a use first item this week. Until Charlies asian veg recovers we will look to Moonacres to supply our Bok Choy.
- Paul's Radish Tops have again turned to a shade of yellow - this happens each year in the warm, wet weather. Don't let the tops put you off, the bulbs are still good. Check out our website to find out how best to store your Radish when they get to your place.
- Put Corn back on the menu - now available from K Produce and Pinnacle kernels are plump, juicy and delicious.
- Summer Cauliflower are looking very much like Summer Cauliflower - small and a little rough around the edges, an off white to yellowy colour, a little rubbery and generally not as densely developed as the Winter Cauli's we love, this loose formation coupled with extreme temps can result in there being random problems with grubs etc....the good news is they have a good flavour if you can get past the uninviting appearance.
- The Cherry Tomatoes we are receiving from McClure are delicious...but very ripe - which in warm conditions can result in fruit splitting in the punnet. Please check your fruit and remove any split fruit asap. A split tomato in a sealed punnet can send the other tomatoes bad at an alarming rate..If you do have any split fruit, please rinse the other tomatoes and make a 'use first' item this week. Ripe tomatoes are 'the best' but have a very limited life span.
- Beans - all varieties, Silverbeet, Spaghetti Squash, Carrots (although on the larger side), Broccoli, Lebanese Cucumber, Kale - All varieties, Red Capsicum, Cherry Tomatoes, Turmeric, Butternut & Jap Pumpkin, Shallots and Salad Mix have been excellent. Horseradish and Okra returning to the list this week.
- We have updated our website with the most up to date and accurate information available to us at this time, but due to the unpredictable weather at this time of the year, there is of course some uncertainty with the supply of our fresh produce. 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 fresh Fruit & Vegetables and have quite a number of options available to us......so although it is possible that the origin of the goodies we supply may change the organic status will not.
- At this time of the year, 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. Thinking about collection - please also leave out any other packaging material we have supplied you out for collection with your empty boxes.