This report was updated on Wednesday 28th January 2015 for deliveries 2nd - 5th February 2014.
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.
- ...another public holiday behind us...well not quite, many of you are yet to receive your deliveries this week and here we are asking you to order again ! The good news is that although we did have a few small hiccups in supply this week there were no major problems...except the weather of course. Delivering cardboard boxes in the pouring rain presents its own challenges! We had a joke in our office on Monday as we rocked our Lettuce Jumpers. What season is it ? Super hot, cold, rainy, stormy all within 24 hours. Anyone would think we were in Melbourne : )
- New season Gala Apples were fantastic this week from McMahon (Mal's Lychees were also superb). Juicing Apples will also come from Mal this week (Mal's Juicers are just small or strange shaped new season Gala's and the quality is always superb). It's easy to remember why we all love Apples ! Yum ! Crunchy and Sweet as we like them. Graeme and Fiona are looking as though they will start their seaosn in 2 - 3 weeks. McMahon will start his new season Mutsu Apples week starting Monday the 9th of Feb...Mutsu are very similar to a Granny Smith Apple - so similar in fact, that it would take an Apple expert to tell the difference. So for this week...all we can offer you are the old season Grannies from WA. These Grannies are only for those who can't be without Green Apples.
- A stand out in the fruit were the Kensington Pride Mangoes coming from Mangoes R Us. Queensland Mangoes are always amazing. In good supply, KP Mangoes are on grower special this week for $3.90 each. The fruit will also be on the larger side - Size 14. Order with confidence.
- Passionfruit also on Grower Special this week from Boruca Farm - $16.00 per kilo. Pulp flavour is excellent as the Passionfruit is ripe. Being ripe, some of the fruit will be a little wrinkly. Don't let this put you off.
- Grapes were also delicious this week. Menindee were a fantastic size while Flame was a mixed bag with some small and some large fruit available. Ralli Seedless Grapes are also now available from Jesmond...this variety can only be described as a pink version of Menindee - very similar to Red Emperor....Seedless, on the larger side and on a relatively loose bunch. Please keep in mind that there may be a few bad grapes amongst your bunch..it just happens. My Dad and I always laugh about the fact that organic grapes cannot be consumed while driving as you really do need to site each grape before eating : ) ....Blueberries are also approaching that point as we move closer to the end of the season.
- Lemons are still really scarce across the country. Some of you may have mistaken your Lemons for Limes this week...not only some of the smallest lemons we have come across, but also very much under ripe. The fruit will colour up very quickly if left in a warm location in your kitchen.
- ....and that's it for the Cherry season. It promised to be such a good season, but the rain has proved otherwise for so many just before picking...Arrhhhh...There's always next year !
- ...back to this year...Green Gables will start their amazing Nectarine season this week. We may fall short on supply and if so, we will look to Brooke - Kelly and Wattle to make up the numbers. Second Quality Nectarines also available - Green Gable Seconds are excellent value for those of you cutting up your fruit....David's Plums and Peaches have also been fantastic. Not to mention his Squash and Zucchini - the absolute best !
- Cavendish Bananas, Lychees, White Nectarines, Seedless Watermelon and Pineapples were great this week. Fingerlimes back on the list this week.
- Ken Small has started his glamour Sweet Potato season this week. Yum ! Try baked Sweet Potato Chips...so quick, easy and delicious. Simply wash your sweet potato and then cut into thin discs (a mandolin is very handy for this), place discs in a single layer on a baking tray...toss in olive oil and salt...then bake on high, flip after about 10 mins and cook until edges are crisp and centre is soft. Turn oven off and then leave to dry out for 30 mins in closed oven.
- Paul's Radish Tops have turned 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 fantastic. Check out our website to find out how best to store your Radish when they get to your place. Paul's locally grown Leeks were also great this week....Bunched Beetroot will start in the next few weeks. Curly Parsley will have a 2 week gap.
- All of our locally grown lettuce are on the smaller side at the moment and may need revival at your end. Simply re-cut the stem of the lettuce and then submerge in cool water for a few minutes. Remember to thoroughly dry before storing in the fridge....better still - revive just before use. Jo's pick this week is Mini Cos.....or better still....Baby Rocket from Rachel (Rachel is Jo's niece) : ) Rachel has heaps of Rocket available and the quality is superb. Rachel will now have a 1 - 2 week gap on Rainbow Chard Bunches as the weather has really knocked the larger leaves around. Baby Collard is also excellent....and Red Bull Horn available this week - these are a Red Chilli - but not hot ! They should be called long skinny red capsicum.
- Fennel...back on the list from Charlie this week as Baby Fennel - 3 very small heads per bunch. Know what to expect.
- Sorry about the shortage on Golden Nugget Pumpkin and Zucchini Flower from David Ross. These lines are not able to be picked in the rain : ( We will leave both on the list for next week as the crystal ball does indicate the wet is clearing. Please keep in mind that Zucchini Flowers are ordered at 5pm each Friday for Monday arrival and are not available to Thursday deliveries. David's Snowpeas are also amazing...and Apple Cucumber will start this week.
- Carrots, Beans, Broccoli, Lebanese Cucumber, Kale - All varieties, Red & Green Capsicum, Basil (on grower special this week from Charlie), Corn, Jap Pumpkin, Leb Eggplant, Shallots and Salad Mix have been really good.
- 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 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 so if the origin of the goodies we supply you changes the organic status will not.