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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 17th December 2014 for deliveries 22nd -  24th December 2014.

xmas-lettuce.jpgMay we take this opportunity to Wish you and your family a very happy, healthy, safe and of course ‘Organic Christmas and New Year’. Take Care.
From Cheryl, Bob, Kathleen Stuart & Emma & Ben Slade and the team at Lettuce. x

Thank you to everyone who has sent us Christmas notes, cards and goodies.

This week will be our final delivery this year. Our next contact will be on Wednesday the 7th of January 2015….preparing for our first deliveries of the New Year 12th – 15th January. On this week we will start all ‘Standing Orders’ as well as all ‘If No Contact Orders’….if this doesn’t work at your end please lettuce know when to re-start your deliveries. Please ensure you have sufficient funds available for us to be paid the day of your delivery.

For customers ordering up this week…be sure to get some Peak Fresh Bags to keep your fresh produce in good condition longer !

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
  • Generally speaking the Summer Fruits are amazing. Cherries from K Produce in NSW being the stand out - these cherries are big and juicy with an amazing flavour....but the birds are having a field day on the farm and we are having to literally roll every cherry in our hands to identify splits on packing. These splits can develop mould at an alarming rate under the right conditions....so please have a quick look at your Cherries on arrival. Any major problems let us know. Apricots from Nick Builder were also divine. Sadly, Nick has finished his short season, so Apricots this week will come from Murrayview. Last season they were absolutely delicious.

  • ...Peaches and Nectarines also fantastic ! Keep in mind that the first varieties of Peaches and Nectarines often present open seeds... Not really a problem but certainly a shock if you are not expecting it. The stonefruit is arriving on the firmer side...to ripen, leave in a warm location of the kitchen and the fruit will soften within a few days. To keep the fruit firm for longer, simply store in the fridge.

  • Strawberries from Fred Rowdowsky are finally available in numbers. So, you can put Strawberries back on the menu this week. We will also have some Strawberries coming in from Mal McMahon. Neither will disappoint - both delicious. Treat yourself - quality Summer Strawberries are to die for.

  • ...and just in the nick of time, the QLD Mango season has started. Well...only just. Fruit will be coming in from Oasis. As we are yet to see the fruit and there has been alot of pressure for the QLD season to start...I doubt we will be eating them for Christmas dessert...but rather watching them ripen. But...we could be surprised. Even if they are on the greener side, they will definitely be eaten by the time we come back from our break : )

  • Blueberries, Rockmelons, Bananas (although on the larger side), Passionfruit, Pineapples and Paw Paw were also amazing this week. Dragon Fruit and Lychees back on the list this week.

  • Keep in mind that the apples have been off the trees for months and the quality is way below the level we would usually accept....but it's these or nothing. As many of you are using Apples for medicine we will continue to offer them on our site....BUT, please don't order apples unless they are an essential item for you. For those of you who do order apples this week, keep in mind that they must be stored in the fridge or you will literally see them begin to wrinkle...Lemons, Pears, Grapefruit, Valencia Oranges and Kiwifruit should also be kept in your fridge. New Apple season will begin in January/February with Early Gala from McMahon in Pozieres.

  • Charlie has been in touch to lettuce know that unfortunately his Asian greens will not be available this week. The greens we would otherwise have had in your orders were babies at the time Charlie's farm was hit with hail and they didn't make it out the other side....The good news is that we will still have Bok Choy available which will come from Lin's Organics....and we will have Fennel available - but the heads are small. Know what to expect. Charlie's Basil has been excellent.

  • Like our local Lettuce grower Jo, Pim's farm was absolutely belted with rain last week resulting in only a fraction of the stock we expected making it's way to Sydney. Thankfully, we were able to get our hands on last minute Mesculin Mix from Coolibah. This week, it is unlikely the farm will have recovered enough to fill all orders...so we will have a combination of supply again this week. Jo's pick is again - his hearty Cos Lettuce.

  • Rachel has started her Green Capsicum crop this week...so finally smaller fruit back on the list this week. Rachel also has Banana Chillies available. These are also known as Banana Peppers...but should be called long yellow Capsicum. They are not hot at all and are crunchy like a capsicum. Try something new this week. Red, Green and Yellow Cap in a Salad looks amazing ; )

  • New season Beans from Coolibah Herbs and Tim Hamilton are amazing, fantastic, delicious. Try them lightly steamed with a little butter, salt and pepper. Or have them raw with Hummus. Yum !!!

  • Summer Cauliflower's are still on the smaller side and like most Summer Cauli's are not as beautiful as the heads we receive during the Winter months. Summer Cauli's are often an off white to yellowy colour, can at times feel a little rubbery and are generally not as densely developed which can result in there being random problems with grubs etc. You will find that when you cook the cauli the colour returns to a whitish. Flavour has been good. Know what to expect.   

  • Generally the vegies we have on offer have been excellent...in particular the Baby Lebanese Cucumber, Red Capsicum, Snowpeas, Baby Veg, Carrots, Leeks, White Onions, Butternut Pumpkin, Corn and Roma Tomatoes. Jarradale Pumpkin, Golden Nugget Pumpkin, Swedes and Garlic Plaits back on the list this week.