This report was updated on Wednesday 21st September 2016 for deliveries 26th - 29th September 2016
Monday - Wednesday Delivery: Order by 4pm Friday for priority supply.
Monday - Wednesday delivery: Orders accepted up until 4pm Sunday.
Thursday Delivery: Orders accepted up until 9.30am Monday.
Some things are worth the wait !
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 : )
PRODUCE SPECIAL : 26th - 29th September
Leeks from Pim Mens in Glasshouse Mountains, QLD - $2.00 each
GROCERY SPECIAL : 26th - 29th September
Raw Shelled Almonds packed by Lettuce Deliver (500gm) $16.50 each...usually $22.00 each
These Almonds are simply 'the best' coming from Manna Farm in Victoria. Try activating your own nuts this week. What is activating nuts you ask - check out our news page to find out.
- ....feeling like a Summer treat - you can't go past the fantastic Blueberries coming from 15 Acre Farm in QLD. Berries are plump and sweet and now only $12.50 per punnet. YUM !
- Lemonade Fruit season is coming to a quick end. You will notice the fruit we have sent out this week looks even more aesthetically challenged than you have already grown to expect - which is difficult : ) Fruit will look much the same this week as we enjoy the last Lemonades of the season.
- Please keep in mind that all Winter fruit should now be stored in the fridge...especially now that we are experiencing warmer weather. Can I suggest a quick inspection of your fruit on arrival - especially 3kg bags of Navel Oranges. Being inside a plastic bag, one problematic orange can send others bad at lightning speed if trapped without ventilation. Winter fruits include - Apples (pick is still Fuji coming from Forest Orchards - they still have a great flavour with good crunch), Navel Oranges (which are now on the larger side - approx 250 - 300gm each), Mandarins, Pears (which are now arriving with marked skins and wrinkling cylix) & Lemons. If you are like us, and prefer your fruit at room temperature it is best to store in the fridge and then take what you will consume that day out of the fridge and put in a fruit bowl. This time of the year always presents a few random problems, as the Winter fruit is so close to coming to an end. Any major problems lettuce know. ....Hang in there ! This time of the year is always difficult in terms of the availability of fruit, and as you can see the list is shrinking with the exit of Tangellos & Aussie Kiwifruit this week. The good news is that Valencia Oranges have started (we are going to wait another week until we list them as first pick Valencia's are quite a shock to the system when compared to super ripe Navels), Rockmelon & Honeydew Melon will be back on the list within a few weeks and Kensington Pride Mangoes are not far off either - expected to start late October.
- It is that time of the year again when the method for ripening bananas changes from Winter Ripening to Summer...hence the fruit spends less time in the ripening rooms, generally resulting in greener fruit...that is until the weather warms up and the fruit naturally ripens at a much faster speed. Unless you live beside a person growing bananas it is unlikely the bananas you are consuming have not spent at least a few days in a ripening room. Bananas are generally picked mature but green and then transported to their destination where they are subjected to a controlled amount of ethylene which is their natural ripening gas and locked away in a room (organic bananas spend time with other organic bananas) at a warm temperature to ensure all of the fruit ripen together. If the bananas were not subjected to a warm room containing ethylene they would eventually ripen...but may take up to 6 weeks to become ready to eat.... If your bananas arrive greener than you might like you can put them in a paper bag with a passionfruit, avocado or tomato which also emit ethylene that will speed up their ripening process. For bananas at the other end of the spectrum, that ripen together at a fast rate, you can refrigerate them when they are ripe to keep them for a few days...their skins will become completely black, but the flesh itself will remain delicious for a few days. A quick reminder that we have absolutely no control over the shape, size, colour...of our 2nd Quality bananas as they are generally rejects from large chain supply....it is truly amazing to see some of the fruit that is 'not good enough' for the supermarkets.
- As many of you know, the Lemons we have delivered you this week are larger than we usually choose...and size is likely to be similar for deliveries starting Monday the 19th. Know what to expect.
- Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Hass Avocadoes, Navel Oranges, Bosc Pears & Strawberries from Pim have been excellent.
- New season Italian Garlic coming from Applebee has been amazing. Order with confidence. Russian Garlic on the other hand is still 'old season' and is looking a little rough with some cloves now a little discoloured, while others are developing a sprout through the centre as the garlic is wanting to grow again. If you can get past the look of the Russian - flavour is still great.
- Similar to last year, the new Gold Onion season has started before the exiting Onion season has come to a complete end. New season Onions always have very thin skin and have the potential to become mouldy just under the skin under the right conditions as they may not be completely dried out. Remember to store in a well ventilated area of the kitchen. New Spanish Onion season is approx 2 weeks from starting - until then, we still have 'old season' red from Caffra - which are wanting to grow again. Don't let the sprout put you off - simply cut out or up...Pim has new season Red Spring Onions available for us this week which look amazing.
- Our locally grown Greens from Rachel, Jo, Paul and Charlie have been excellent and are in abundant supply. Jo's pick in lettuce is Mini Cos...but all varieties have been good - Mini Cos, Cos, Red Oak, Green Oak and Minuette all only $2.00 each this week - mega salad perhaps : ) Charlie's Asian Veg has been superb, as has been the Kale (all varieties) Rachel's Rainbow Chard and Baby Veg has been amazing. Locally grown Coriander and Sage back on the list this week from Paul.
- Thinking of Herbs - so sorry about the tease on Watercress over the last few weeks - We will take this off the list until firmly available.
- Generally speaking the Veges have been great - Asparagus - now $4.80 per bunch, Silverbeet, Red Capsicum, Cabbage - both Green and Red, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Dandelion, Lebanese Cucumber (although still at an all time high price), Butternut Pumpkin, Dutch Carrots, Zucchini and Eggplant were stand outs this week.
- Please excuse us if the indications we have on size of produce on our website is off the mark at the moment, or we supply you from a Grower that is different to the one we have listed on our site..... The end of the Winter fruit season often presents us with some unexpected sizes, not to mention the unpredictable September weather can always throw a spanner in the works with supply. We have updated our website today with the most up-to-date and accurate information about what will be available for next week's deliveries...but it is Wednesday and there are quite a few days before we will actually see the produce we are selling to you. 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 proudly produce an audit trail on all our produce 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.
OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND IS FAST APPROACHING !
Keep in mind all deliveries starting Monday the 3rd of October will be one day later.
PLEASE RETURN OUR POLY BOXES and ICEBLOCKS
We pick up all boxes that we deliver in and ask that you keep them clean and dry for a week so that we can swap them with the empty boxes when making your next delivery....If our drivers are not picking up your empty boxes please lettuce know. The Gel pack Iceblocks that we are supplying you are also a considerable cost to our business if they are not returned as are the poly boxes. Please leave out for collection with your next order. We will also collect any packaging material we may supply you including egg cartons, plastic boxes, bubble wrap etc. - simply leave inside your returning boxes.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
As you know, we charge your credit card for your delivery total on the day of or day after your delivery. Please ensure that we have your up to date credit card details and that there are sufficient funds available on the day of your delivery for us to process your payment.