Royal Gala Apples from Forest
Orchard are magnificent.
Sugar Plums from Brooke-Kelly are
Tassie Blueberries are amazing !
Parsnip is back on the list from
New season carrots now available
Locally grown Jap Pumpkin now
from Charlie Galea.
Zucchini Flowers now also coming from
Pim - so now available to Thursday
Stoney Creek Flaxseed Oil on
special this week. Read about it
on the news page!
Fresh Almond Milk available from
Luz Almond - find it in Refrigerated
products this week.
As a rule, we do not send goodies
in a poly box unless you order an item
that should be refrigerated - like milk,
yoghurt or meat. If you would like your
order to be delivered in a poly box
(esky) with ice blocks, then please
add them to your order. These items
can be easily found on the
'Delivery Options/Requests' tabs.
Please remember to keep our boxes
clean and dry for pick up on your
For every photo we receive of
you holding this sign we are
adding an extra $5.00 to the
donation we have already made
to the Steve Marsh Benefit Fund.
Our Fresh Produce Report
This report was updated on Wednesday 5th March 2013 for deliveries 10th - 13th March 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
..as I am sure you will all agree the Royal Gala Apples from Forest Orchard are amazing, delicious, fantastic ! Super crunchy with a magnificent flavour....and now $9.00 per kilo and $8.00 for a kilo or more - Graeme has been able to secure a cheaper transport charge into Sydney. The freight on sending produce around the country has gone through the roof over the last couple of years and continues to rise... Graeme is now also supplying us with Juicing Apples which are simply his second Quality Gala which may be a strange shape, extra small, or extra big - excellent value for $. Jonathon Apples are Forest Orchards next cab off the rank. Due to our change to kilo pricing for apples we are now able to supply larger apples should that be the size you prefer in your household.
Blue Skye Blueberries were also a stand out this week....these are THE BEST Blueberries ! Big, juicy and delicious. Could I suggest these over the Strawberries as they are softening so quickly. Although the flavour is excellent, you will have losses if you leave the berries for more than a few days.
Pears - all varieties are also great coming from Legg, McMahon, Gecko and Greenwood. Red Sensation Pears back on the list this week.
Grapes....certainly not the best season we have seen...We have grown to expect our Crimson Grapes super crunchy...which most just aren't this year...thankfully the flavour is good. All varieties are also displaying some soft/wrinkly grapes especially in tightly formed clusters. It is really unusual that you are able to eat every single grape on a bunch...Know what to expect. Black Muscatelle Grapes on the list this week from Rocisano.
from Uki really are a wonder of nature. On arrival they are ready to eat...you cut them in half and squeeze...when you do so, these little balls of flavour burst out ! Fantastic with fish - add Regal Salmon Fillets
to your order this week.
Valencia Oranges are now at the very end of the season...fruit is looking a little worse for wear and must be stored in the fridge. Thankfully flavour is still ok. Know what to expect. New season Navels are still quite a few weeks away expected to start in late May.
Stonefruit season is drawing to a close...it is likely that Peaches will only be available for another two weeks or so. As with the close of the stonefruit season each year, we do see random problems with texture and bruising. Any major problems lettuce know. Plum season is also nearing the end which results in the fruit ripening at lightning speed. Know what to expect.
Sorry about the shortage on Pineapples, Rockmelon and Paw Paw/Papaya this week...Rockmelon and Paw Paw/Papaya supply will be fine for deliveries starting the 10th...but at this stage our Pineapple supply is yet to be confirmed. We will leave them on the list and hope for the best.
Cavendish Bananas, Lychees, Passionfruit & Rhubarb have been great. Mini Lea Melon, Reed & Shepherd (similar to a Fuerte) Avocadoes, Dragonfruit and Lemonade Fruit back on the list this week.
Jo's lettuce is still on the smaller side...Pick is again Cos ! Paul's Iceberg lettuce back on the list this week.
Keep in mind that the Cauli's we have on offer from Quintin Bland are not as white as the Cauli's we supply you in Winter. Summer cauli's are often a little discoloured and not as crisp as we would expect, in fact Summer Cauli at times feel quite rubbery….This does not affect the veg when cooked.
New season Ginger is in really short supply..so please bear with us over the next few weeks as we try to do our best to share it around. New season Ginger does not have the thick golden brown skin you may associate with Ginger and should be handled carefully at your end. Store in a cool, dry location...kept in the fridge the Ginger will begin to mould.
The Celery we have available is far from the best we have had on offer, can I suggest that it is only added to your cart if you 'can't be without'.
...and just when we had the Immature Golden Nugget Pumpkin photographed for the website....it arrived mature - with thick skin. Sorry for the bum steer everyone. Immature fruit not available again until this time next year !
Corn deserves a special mention...it is fantastic ! Like Peas, Corn should be an 'eat first' item as they are sweetest when they are first picked. For any extended delay in eating it is best to cut off the kernels and freeze for later use.
..as you all know the Carrots coming from Forest Hill have been incredibly small - fantastic for some, and not so for others. Thank you for hanging in there if small was not your requirement. Victorian Carrot season has now started.
Beans from Hamilton, Lebanese Cucumber from the Rack Shack, Eggplant now from Caffra, Leeks from Foothills, Mushrooms - all varieties, Broccoli from KK, Red Cap from Shane and Labertouche, Potatoes - all varieties, Cherry Tomatoes from Valente & McClure, Kumera from Ken Small, Zucchini from Green Gables as well as Salad Mix, Shallots & Baby Veg from Pim has been excellent.
Don’t forget Zucchini Flowers from David Ross and now also Pim Mens are on the list, but availability is actually in the hands of Mother Nature….If it is too hot or wet the flowers cannot be picked…Now also available to Thursday deliveries.
ONE AUSTRALIAN FARMER COULD LOSE EVERYTHING TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO EAT GM-free FOOD. HE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT RIGHT NOW !
You may or May not know that there is one Australian Organic Famer who could lose everything trying to protect your right to eat GM-free food in Australia. His Name is Steve Marsh and he is a NASAA Certified Aussie Farmer who lost his Organic Certification on 70% of his farm when Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) canola blew onto his farm from a neighbouring property in 2010. Since then, Steve has lost most of his income and has struggled to get his organic certification back...which has been reinstated in late November 2013.
When Steve looked to Agriculture Minister Terry Redman, his response was that organic standards were to blame for his loss, due to NASAA's zero tolerance to GM in Certified Organic produce. Steve was even urged to petition NASAA to relax their standards. I can only speak for our family - but we definitely do not want NASAA to relax their standards so that GM crops can be labelled as certified organic ! Even if only in the smallest amount.
Monsanto has a no liability agreement with GM farmers that prevent them from being sued. The only avenue Steve had to protect his livelihood was to take his neighbour to court. This court case is due to start on the 10th February 2014 in the Western Australian Supreme Court and is scheduled to run for three weeks.
This is the world’s first case of an organic farmer using the courts to recover loss and damages from a GM farmer and has been described as a landmark case to determine who should take responsibility in case of GM contamination.
As you can imagine, we all need Steve to win this case as it will set a precedent to guide the application of common law to GM contamination in Australia. The result will affect the right of farmers to protect their land against GM crops and ultimately our choice to eat foods free of genetically engineered material. This is a David and Goliath case (Steve’s neighbour is well supported and well funded by a pro-GM organization) and we applaud Steve and his family for standing up for their rights in spite of what they may lose. Please stand alongside him, with our family as well as many other Australian families to send a very clear message that we do not want Organic Standards lowered just in case GM contamination occurs on Certified Organic Farms. We believe that every Aussie Farmer has the right to protect their land against GM crops and that every Aussie has the right to choose to eat organic foods free of GM material. We have never wanted Australia to be part of the global GM experiment. ...with barely tested, unlabeled and uncontrolled GM foods infiltrating our organic food supplies.
There are a few things we can do to show our support for Steve:
1. Sign this petition against the use of GM crops in Australia
2. Download this image and photograph yourself with it. Upload to all your social media avenues to create interest in Steve Marsh and his landmark case. For every Lettuce customer that uploads their photo to our facebook page or emails us your photo, we will add $5 to the donation we have already made to Steve's Benefit Fund.
3. Donate to Steve's Benefit Fund yourself.
4. Tell everyone you know about Steve and the impact his case will have on the liability of GM crop contamination in Australia.
Have a look at this short video explaining his story and share it with friends, family and work colleagues.
Keep up to date with Steve's case by viewing the daily blog on Safe Food Foundations site.