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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 26th October 2016 for deliveries 31st Oct - 2rd Nov 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 :  31st October - 3rd November  
Blueberries from Kevin Black in Bundaberg, QLD $7.00 per punnet

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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 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 look as though they have the pox - thankfully brown marks are 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 will seem a little heavy in the veg department (with good reason) until the Summer fruits begin....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 as well as the first of the NT Mangoes week starting 7th November. Early Apricots from Nick Builder are looking set to start Monday the 14th....Early Cherries could start from Brooke - Kelly as early as next week. Peaches and Plums should start just before Christmas and  Grapes will start 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 our produce special this week - only $7.00 per punnet.
  • We have confirmed with Green Gables that their farm is looking magnificent and we are expecting another bumper season. Woohoo ! Cherries are set to start late November/early December, followed by Peaches and Apricots mid December and then Nectarines and Plums early 2017. 
  • Pim's Strawberry season is slowly, but surely coming to an end...the good news is that Rowdowsky will pick up where Pim leaves off. 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.
  • Reed Avocadoes from Klingbiel are delicious....but are going from rock hard to ready to eat over night. Keep a hand on your fruit. Reed Avocadoes have a very thick skin and so do require you to apply a little pressure from the outside to know when they are ready to eat...Another way you can tell the flesh is soft is to gently shake the fruit...if the seed moves - the avo is ready to cut. 
  • Rhubarb, Cavendish Bananas, Hass Avocadoes, Valencia Oranges, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly) were great this week. 
  • Sorry about the shortage on Beans, Squash, Roma Tomatoes & Chillies this week - unfortunately one very important truck coming from QLD missed the market curfew (4am) and so could not be unloaded until Tuesday morning (too late for our Tuesday deliveries). Sorry for the inconvenience - beans are a staple in our household so totally understand the frustration! Thankfully these things don't happen often.   
  • The first of the Victorian Cauliflowers from Caffra are arriving to us extremely small - in fact I would call some tiny, as some can sit in the palm of your hand. Size and price will improve over the next few weeks as supply increases, but from one week to the next the difference in size is negligible. Also please keep in mind that Summer Cauli's are usually quite a few shades from white and certainly not as pretty as the Cauli's we have been supplying you during Winter from Master Cauliflower Grower - Harm. Know what to expect. 
  • Jo has been in touch this morning to lettuce know that that all his varieties of lettuce are looking fantastic. A quick reminder that we do not 'strip back' our lettuce to make it look pretty for you. Essentially the outer leaves are protecting the inner leaves of the lettuce which should be removed just before using. If we did strip back the outer leaves, then the inner leaves become outer leaves making the lettuce smaller....
  • It's that time of the year again when QLD potatoes want to grow again because of the warmer weather...hence under the right conditions you may begin to see a potato developing a sprout. Simply flick them off. If you have the room store your spuds in your fridge to stop the sprout from developing. 
  • Snowpeas coming from Les Rogers will be looking a little sad this week. Hail during growth has resulted in some denting and black spotting for peas that will be picked this weekend - Know what to expect. Flavour itself is still good.  
  • Veges generally have been great - Celery (although a little spindly), Broccoli, Cherry Tomatoes - Mini Roma in particular, Lebanese Cucumber & Red Capsicum from Shane, Asparagus, Herbs, 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 - Silverbeet in particular  - in fantastic supply and only $3.00 per bunch this week. 
  • We have had a number of enquiries as to whether or not we would consider offering Young Drinking Coconuts as an ongoing concern. As you all know we only sell Fresh Fruit and Veg that is Certified Organic and so this presents quite a conversation at our end. We have offered Certified Organic Young Coconuts on our list from time to time from Boruca Farm in QLD as well as a handful of other small growers - but this is certainly not a line that is available consistently from any Aussie Certified Organic Growers. Could you please lettuce know if you would like us to deliver non-organic Young Drinking Coconuts with your weekly order....
  • 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. 

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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.

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