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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 16th July 2014 for deliveries 21st July - 24th July 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
  • Apples, Oranges, Pears, Kiwifruit, Mandarins anyone ? It's about this time each year that we long for the return of the Summer fruits and the variety the hotter months bring to the list. The choice is limited we agree, but the good news is that the Fruit we do have has been really good...

  • Pick in the Apples is definitely the Fuji's....this variety has a fantastic flavour and stays crunchy right until the end of the season. The Pink Ladies are also pretty good, although as we move further into the season they bruise more easily than when they are first picked from the trees. Red Del and Golden 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. Like Apples, Pears are now showing their age with the skins beginning to discolour a little and wrinkling around the cylix. Flavour is still really good. Pick this week is the Bosc Pears coming from Forest Orchards. Forest Orchard will also be supplying our Packham Pears this week.

  • Lemonade Fruit from Peter Fraser will start this week. Don't forget Lemonade Fruit are best eaten when the skins feel a little spongy ….For any newer customers to Lettuce these are the original fruit that were used to make Lemonade – they look like a big round lemon, but can be eaten like an orange …..the fruit often have marked skins, don’t let the look put you off….

  • Strawberries from Pim Mens in Glasshouse Mountain were fantastic again this week...now $7.50 per punnet as QLD fruit is in really short supply. Treat yourself this week, you won't be disappointed. Pim also has 2nd Strawberries available ....excellent for cut fruit, smoothies, ice cream, jam, etc...unfortunately  these are also in limited numbers at the moment - so please make a note with your order to indicate if you would like us to put in a punnet of first quality fruit, if the Seconds are not available.

  • Cavendish Bananas (finally our supply is now mainly coming from Maurice Franklin who grows small fruit for us), Hass Avocadoes, Grapefruit - Ruby in particular, Kiwifruit & Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly) were excellent this week.

  • Sorry about the lack of Dutch Carrots this week. Unfortunately a call late on Friday relayed that the carrots were simply too small to dig...I hope the medium carrots worked at your end. The Dutch Carrots should be back on our list week starting 28th July.

  • Jo's pick in the lettuce is Butter this week, although he says everything is looking great. We often receive enquiries about the state of the lettuce we supply and agree they do not look at all like the lettuce you see sitting on the shelves in supermarkets....We do not strip any of our greens back at Lettuce Deliver, admittedly it does generally improve the initial impression of lettuce…but if we strip back outer leaves, the inner leaves become outer leaves at your end which then need to be removed, making the veg smaller and smaller at each strip back. Best time to take off outer leaves is just before use (unless they are damaged) as they are an excellent barrier against dehydration and damage to softer leaves.

  • As many of you already know from past seasons, Winter tomatoes are never fantastic and certainly no comparison to full flavoured Summer fruit. We have seen some random problems over the last few weeks, which is not unusual for this time of the year, as it is a direct result of the fruit taking so long to ripen. Any problems please lettuce know. We stand firmly behind our quality guarantee and do not like to think that anything we have supplied you ends up straight in the compost...

  • ...there can also be casualties with Cherry Tomatoes. Keep an eye on your punnet as problems can develop over a few days. If you notice any damaged fruit in your punnet, remove asap....any major problems lettuce know. Check your punnet on arrival for any tightly packed fruit...Kevin has a tendency to over pack the punnets, making for a very crowded little box.

  • Red Capsicum from Shane Eldridge, Lebanese Cucumber from The Rack Shack, Cauliflower & Broccoli from Garry Hamm, Carrots from Burrell & Arahura, Beans from Trevor, Garden Peas from Ken Small & Salad Mix from Pim Mens have been excellent.    

  • It's that time of the year again when our Onions & Garlic are wanting to grow again…. we do our best to sort through at our end, but, the odd shooting veg can slip through the cracks…..or appear at such a rate that you are sure to see them at your end. To slow down this process store in the fridge if you have room. Don’t worry if the green shoots do appear, just cut in half and remove before use or simply eat the shoot. Russian Garlic is now showing signs of age with some cloves becoming discoloured and others arriving in segments not bulbs.....ironically the price will also increase in the next few weeks as the price is related to supply and demand....and unfortunately there is not much Garlic left on the market. New Garlic season will start with Italian in September.

  • We have had quite a few requests to offer a 'special' each week in terms of fresh produce as we do a grocery item. So, as you know we are guided by you and will trial until September before firmly committing. This week's special will be Celery from Weier in Pittsworth, QLD - whole bunches $5.70 this week. As with the grocery special, we hope that you may try something you otherwise would not. Keep it simple - Cut up and wash your Celery on arrival, then place in an airtight container in the fridge. Snack on Celery Sticks with Hummus or Peanut Butter. A personal favourite in our house is Celery Sticks with Avocado.

  • Please excuse us over the next few weeks if indications we have the origin or the size of the produce on our website is off the mark...supply of veg in particular is in short supply due to the cooler weather. 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 produce an audit trail on all our produce at a moment's notice.