This report was updated on Wednesday 19th October 2016 for deliveries 24th - 27th October 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 : 24th - 27th October
Cavendish Bananas from Rob Abbott in QLD $5.25 for 1kg or more.
GROCERY SPECIAL : 24th - 27th October
Ecolon Frypan - 20cm (Ivory) $39.95 each inc gst...usually $65.00 each inc gst
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This time of the year our packing of apples literally takes us twice the amount of time as we carefully roll each piece to inspect for breakdown and even then the fruit can deteriorate on their way to your place. Being stored in coolrooms with a constant temperature for so long, can on change of temperature send fruit literally droopy, wrinkly and/or rotten before your eyes. As many veterans of Lettuce know, this time of year always prompts a note from us regarding 'fresh fruit' or lack of it....the reality is that we are sending you out 'old fruit' and this is the case for most of the Winter fruits. There is a window of time these fruits are ready to be picked...they are taken off the trees and then stored in coolrooms until the kitty is empty. Obviously as time moves on, these fruits are ageing...and with no post harvest spraying to prolong life or looks...the fruit becomes 'older' with every day that passes. We are very conscious of the quality of the goodies we supply you, every fresh item is handled by 2 staff members upon packing who are checking for any quality issues...so rest assured it is not in our interest to send out produce that we know you would not be happy with as we offer a 'quality guarantee'. ....but warm weather and end of season fruits can present unexpected problems that can literally happen over a few hours. We are very transparent about the quality of our produce and welcome your feedback - both good and bad....In saying that, it's no secret the Winter Fruit we have on offer is on it's last legs - that's Apples, Grapefruit (which looked as though they had the pox this week - thankfully brown marks were only skin deep), Lemons, Navel Oranges (average size around 350 - 450gm each - available for the last time this week - we will recommend moving over to new season Valencia Oranges next week), Pears and Mandarins. Any major problems please lettuce know. Remember that all Winter fruits need to be stored in the fridge. As a result of the increasingly limited variety in fruit the seasonal boxes seem a little heavy in the veg department with good reason....Know what to expect. Pick in apples is still the Fuji and Pink Lady from Forest Orchards. Remember Pink Ladies bruise really easily ! These bruises are more often than not simply skin deep, so you may think about peeling for your little ones at least....this may also help with consumption of Grannies, regardless of minor bruising as many are now arriving with some discoloration on the skins which is actually called scolding. New apple season will begin again in January/February from McMahon in Pozieres, QLD.
...the good news is that it won't be long before our fruit bowls are overflowing again. In fact, we are expecting the first of the Nectarines from Ken Lester in the first week of November ! NT Mangoes will also be available around the same time...Early Apricots from Nick Builder are looking set to start second week of November...Cherries will start late November/early December, followed by Grapes in January. It won't be long.....but for now....this really is the hardest time of the year for all of us eating Organic (or should I say Living) Fruit ! If you are wanting to add a little bit of Summer to your order this week - you can't go past the Blueberries - Divine, Delicious, Amazing and now only $9.50 per punnet.
Pim's Strawberry season is slowly, but surely coming to an end...the good news is that McMahon and Rowdowsky will start their seasons very soon. Pim's Strawberries will now only last a few days in the fridge and seem a little more grainy than you would expect as end of season fruit have a lot more seeds.
Sorry about the lack of Custard Apples this week. The fruit did arrive but were so ripe they would have been a mushy mess by the time they arrived at your place.
Bananas (our fresh produce special - $5.25 per kilo), Avocadoes, Black Sapote, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly) & Rhubarb have been great. Reed Avocadoes available this week.
The first of Maurice Caffra's Cauliflowers have arrived as small as we have seen them - except of course at this time last year. Know what to expect - these Cauli's are tiny, as in could sit in the palm of your hand. Heads are clean and crisp which is a welcome change from end of season QLD Cauli which have been a little rubbery over the last few weeks. Cauli size will improve each week, as will supply which will bring the price down. Until then expect heads the very small side.
New Season Spanish Onions coming in from Wilderness Farm in NT are fantastic but small.
Veges generally have been fantastic - Celery, Broccoli, Cherry Tomatoes, Lebanese Cucumber & Red Capsicum from Shane, Snowpeas from Rogers, Asparagus, Beans, Herbs, Mini Roma Cherry Tomatoes from McClure, New season Gold Onions & Italian Garlic, Shallots and Salad Mix from Pim, Dutch Carrots from Tim Burrell, Mushrooms, Pumpkin - both Jap and Butternut and all our locally grown Greens !
As most of you know we have changed the way we are delivering your cold items - any feedback good or bad is very much appreciated.
We have also had quite a few enquiries about offering Dinner Boxes or Recipe Packages ...Head to our Package Deal Page to find this week's selection of Recipe inspirations. We know you all have things in your pantry like Olive Oil so with our packages you can simply add the package to your cart and then delete any goodies you don't require. So simple !
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 early Spring 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.
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.