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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 26th August 2015 for deliveries 31st August - 3rd September 2015.

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.

  • Did I say Pim was experiencing beautiful one day, perfect the next weather....well this week, things could not be further from that image...The deluge Pim has experienced over the last few days has literally swamped the strawberry patch...Arrggghhh. Berries back to $7.00 this week. As you can imagine, Pim now has quite a few second quality berries available, these berries are fantastic for cut fruit, or Strawberry Jam, or a Strawberry Milkshake, or Strawberry coolie, or freeze some cut fruit. .
  • Keep in mind that all Winter fruit....that is - Apples, Navel Oranges, Mandarins, Kiwifruit, Lemons & Pears (now a little wrinkly around the cylix) are all at the end of their 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 placing the fruit that will be eaten that day into the fruit bowl.
  • Pick in Apples is still definitely the Fuji, they are such an amazing variety that they maintain their crunch and flavour pretty much all season. Red Delicious & Golden Delicious are now what we consider ‘soft’ and the Grannies are feeling a little slippery as they are producing their own natural coating to prolong their life. Rest assured this slipperiness is not wax...post - harvest waxing of apples is not allowed under the National Organic standard for Organic production. Unfortunately Graeme's supply of Jonathon's has completely dried up this week...with Gala expected to be the next scratching in the next 2 or so weeks. 
  • Hass Avocadoes, Lemonade Fruit, Tangellos (although now on the larger side), Cavendish Bananas, Grapefruit - both Red and Yellow, Passionfruit (although wrinkling very quickly) and Navel Oranges have been delicious.  Rhubarb back on the list this week from Foothills - but - these bunches are tiny ! Only for those who can't be without. Good news is Paul will start his local season of Rhubarb in approx 2 - 3 weeks.
  • QLD Corn is arriving looking a little grey and dry...this is often the case with QLD Corn - don't let it put you off - the Corn is not old ! Kernels are sweet and juicy - just as we like them. Supply of corn is generally in quite short supply with a lot of pressure being applied to growers to pick corn that is a little smaller than usual. Know what to expect. Flavour is still great, but cobs are on the smaller side.
  • For everyone hanging out for the return of Dutch Carrots - Tim Burell has confirmed today that we should have his sought after baby carrots back on the list week starting Monday the 14th September.
  • Wondering why the Parsnip is so expensive and big ? Truth is.... these Parsnip were actually destined to be chips !  That is, until it was realised that all Victorian Growers who usually have Parsnip in Winter had decided without consulting each other not to grow this season ! So, quality is unlikely to improve. Know what to expect. Good news is....flavour is good.
  • New season Asparagus available from Caffra this week. Not for the faint hearted at $6.90 per bunch. Woowie !
  • Charlie's Bok Choy still 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 Asian Greens, Fennel & Kale have also been fantastic.
  • Jo's pick in the lettuce this week is again Cos. Due to the rain, remember to double wash at your end. There is nothing like grit in your salad !
  • Rocket as well as Baby Spinach PP from Coolibah Herbs are being packed containing some Winter Grass...this really can't be helped at this time of the year. Know what to expect.
  • ..and just when we thought we would be onion-less by mid week, Gary Harm has been in touch to advise there is a very good chance his new season onions will be ready for Monday delivery....no promises, but a very good chance, so onions this week will be a combination of old and new season - both with their own potential problems. Old season onions will start to shoot under the right conditions, while new season onions will have a very thin skin and may not be completed dried out, leaving them very open to developing mould just under the skin under the right conditions. New season Spanish Onion season is also closer to starting than we had thought - approx 2 -3 weeks. New season Garlic on the other hand is still quite a way from starting - at least 4 - 8 weeks....until then we have Tasmanian grown Italian Garlic and NSW grown Russian Garlic still available. Both of course are showing signs of their age, with quite a few bulbs now arriving split with some pieces now arriving 'already coming to life' with a clear green shoot evident. Don't let this put you off....simply take out when using or cut up with the shoot and all. 
  • 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....it is a direct result of the fruit taking so long to ripen. Any major problems lettuce know.
  • Celery from Mark Weier, Shallots & Salad Mix from Pim Mens, Cherry Tomatoes - both Mini Roma from McClure and Round from Kevin Black, Broccoli (only $8.00 per kilo this week) and Cauliflower (although now a little smaller in size), Pumpkin - both Jap and Butternut (both now steadily climbing in price), Red Capsicum from Shane Eldridge, Carrots from Arahura, Zucchini from Nature's Haven, Sweet Potato from Ken Small & Baby Spinach Pre-packs from Coolibah were fantastic this week. Sunflower Sprouts finally back on the list from Energetic Sprouts
  • 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 which 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 end of Winter 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 many states have received quite a bit of rain this week...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.
  • Unfortunately our supply of Clarendon Farm Eggs will be non-existent until further notice (Sorry to keep you all stringing along). Ian has moved location and has encountered one obstacle after another. The girls have been literally in a flap with stress. Until Ian's Eggs return we have Country Range available and finally Glenrose Eggs are back in reasonable supply.
  • Finally, Goat Milk supply has increases from Marlee-May. Order with confidence.