This report was updated on Wednesday 20th August 2014 for deliveries 25th - 28th August 2014.

Deliveries Monday- Wednesday: Order by 4pm Friday for Priority Supply
Orders for Monday delivery accepted up until 6am Saturday
Orders for Tuesday/Wednesday delivery accepted up until 4pm Sunday
Deliveries Thursday: Order by 9.30am Monday
  • ...and I hate to state the obvious...but...it's wet ! ...and not just here in Sydney ! Winter often presents us with shortages in supply due to cooler temps, and now we are adding big winds and heavy rains into the equation ! Arrhhh. As you know it is still quite a few days from produce actually being picked and packed for us so we are hopeful as always. It's amazing how only a few days of sunny weather can turn things around...so fingers crossed. The good news is we have been co-operatively trading with many of our suppliers for almost 15 years....so we are looking good, even if things are tight....but please excuse us if we are off the mark on size or supply you goodies from a Grower we had not anticipated. Rest assured we only deal in Certified Organic Produce.

  • A major casualty of the wild weather are Pim's Strawberries. Heavy rain and winds that have almost blown Pim off the Mountain has resulted in more Second Quality fruit now being available than first quality. So...800gm punnets of Second Quality Strawberries now in good supply and only $11.00 this week. These berries are fantastic for cut fruit. You could also give Strawberry Jam a whirl, or a Strawberry Milkshake, or Strawberry coolie, or freeze some cut fruit.

  • Fuji are still the pick of the apples coming from Forest Orchard. Flavour is still fantastic and the fruit is still really crunchy. Keep in mind that all varieties of Apples have now been off the trees for some time and need to be stored in the fridge from here on in...if left in a fruit bowl at room temperature you may see them soften, wrinkle or even discolour around the core. As noted over the last few weeks, the quality of our legendary apples really has slipped over the last few weeks with some fruit arriving with black spot and/or minor splitting around the cylix. We really are at the bottom of the barrel so to speak and will only be enjoying Apples grown by Fiona and Graeme for around another month. It's always a hard call when the quality of the apples begin to slip as to whether or not we jump ship to another grower. The problem is...as many veterans of Lettuce know, no other Apples are as good as the fruit we get from Forest Orchard. Not to mention we never offer any other Grower's Apples at the prime of their season so we are always a little disappointed from the get go....and of course when we move over to fruit purchased through Sydney Wholesalers our price on apples increases as it has this week on Granny Smith Apples - now coming from the Newton Brothers in WA.

  • ...and yes, the Micki-Lee Melon arrived and was actually Mini Lea...sorry for the bum steer everyone - Certainly a nice change in the fruit department, but certainly not the best melon we have ever supplied you. Winter melons are no comparison to full flavoured Summer melons. Know what to expect. NT Rockmelons are also in the same boat...a nice change, but far from the best rockies we have had on offer..and they are really small for the price. 

  • You may or may not know, as we offer bananas at an agreed price all year round....that bananas generally are in extremely short supply...which has resulted in the availability of our Second Quality Bananas (Smoothies) being unavailable. We would expect to have them back on the list in the next month or so...

  • Second Quality Yellow Grapefruit available this week from Fatgoose in Renmark. Fruit is only second quality as there is quite a large number of really big and really small fruit available with some pieces having brown dotting around the cylix...this is only skin deep and does not affect the flesh. Only $4.00 per kilo this week.

  • Lemonade Fruit, Navel Oranges (although skins are now feeling a little leathery), Grapefruit - both Yellow and Ruby, Kiwifruit (although ripening really quickly as we approach end of season), Hass Avos and Passionfruit have been great. Rhubarb & Honey Mercott Mandarins back on the list this week. Keep in mind that all Winter fruit -  Navel Oranges, Mandarins, Lemons and Pears are at the end of the season and are best stored in the fridge. If you only like eating your fruit at room temperature, can I suggest storing your fruit in the fridge and then each morning put the fruit that will be eaten that day into the fruit bowl.

  • We have had a few enquiries about new season Asparagus over the last week or so...Not long to go now...Tarcoola will pick their first flush in the next few weeks.

  • Jo's pick in the lettuce this week is Cos - although all varieties are a good size. 

  • Charlie's locally grown Bok Choy is in plentiful supply - $2.80 per bunch this week. Not sure what to do with Bok Choy ? Simply cut it up and soak in Soy Sauce or add to a stir fry in the last few minutes of cooking.  Charlie's Collards, Choy Sum, Pak Choy, Silverbeet and Kale - Green Curly, Russian and Red have also been fantastic.

  • Mark Weier will now have a 1 - 2 week gap on Celery. Thankfully, Black Crow also have bunches available and will be able to supply over the next few weeks.

  • Sorry about the tease on Butternut Pumpkin...supply should be fine week starting 25th August.

  • ..and the onion season is almost over. Spanish Onions will finish up this week and Gold Onion supply is looking as though it will be exhausted within the next 3 - 4 weeks....until then, be careful with your Onions as well as your Garlic…. we do our best to sort through at our end, but….the odd shooting veg can slip through the cracks…..or appear at such a rate that you are sure to see them at your end. To slow down this process store in the fridge if you have room. New season onions will start again between September and November....Russian Garlic is now arriving to us (mostly) in segments and are showing their age with some cloves becoming discoloured. New season garlic has started with Garlic Shoots from Tea Tree Farm. Garlic Shoots are small and moist (do not require peeling) and really pack a punch.

  • Jap Pumpkin (although now having a late price climb) Eggplant & Zucchini from Silverado, Radish and English Spinach from Paul, Lebanese Cucumber from The Rack Shack, Garden Peas from Ken Small, Mini Roma Cherry Tomatoes from McClure, Carrots coming from Arahura, Salad Mix, Shallots & Baby Silverbeet from Pim Mens, Red Capsicum from Shane as well as Cauliflower & Broccoli from Gary Harm has been excellent.  

  • 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 major problems please lettuce know.

  • We have had quite a few requests to offer a 'special' each week in terms of fresh produce as we do a grocery item. So, as you know we are guided by you and will trial until September before firmly committing. This week's special will be Corn coming from Nature's Haven in Dimbulah, QLD - $1.90 this week. (To take advantage of the Special each week you must order under the SP code, this includes customers who may have a standing or INC order with Lettuce - simply send us an email or text requesting the Special to be included with your order). As with the grocery special, we hope that you may try something you otherwise would not. Keep it simple - boil de-husked Corn until Kernels are cooked and roll in butter with salt and pepper.