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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 20th July 2016 for deliveries 25th - 28th July  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 : )

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  • As I am sure many of you noticed this week and last....the citrus and pear season is now at that point that we don't always receive the sizes we request. Mandarins, Tangellos and Packham Pears were all of a size this week that we usually do not offer - but we are limited for choice this year. Most growers are relaying the same message - only big fruit available. Good news is that flavour is superb. Can I suggest half a mandarin in the lunchbox, rather than a whole one. Obviously, we are still hopeful of receiving fruit on the smaller side, but it is not looking likely for next week. 
  • Strawberries from Pim are delicious ! Treat yourself. You won't be disappointed. Pim's 2nd Strawberries have also been fantastic - Excellent value for those of us cutting up fruit for little ones. From one week to the next we have no idea how many second punnets will be available - as they are a grade out of first quality fruit....Please lettuce know if you would like a First quality punnet if Seconds are short delivered. 
  • Pick in the apples is still the Fuji’s coming from Graeme & Fiona Schultz...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. Keep in mind that Apples have now been off the trees for quite a while and it's time we should all be storing our apples (as well as Pears and Mandarins) in the fridge to prolong life. 
  • Thinking of Pears, the Packham from Greenwood are also showing their age with wrinkling around the cylix with most fruit now arriving with at least some discoloration on the skins. Thankfully flavour is still amazing, if you can get past the fairly ordinary appearance. Know what to expect.  
  • Paw Paw, Kiwifruit, Passionfruit, Cavendish Bananas (still on grower special), Hass Avocadoes (on produce special), Navel Oranges, Lemonade Fruit and Grapefruit have been delicious. Black Sapote making an appearance this week from Furness in QLD.   
  • As with most Winters, Veges generally are outstanding - this is of course with tomatoes as the exception. Unlike Summer fruit, the tomatoes we have on offer are just not full flavoured and are quite under-ripe. If tomatoes are an item you just can't be without - go for Roma - Round & Mini Roma Cherry Tomatoes have also been good....
  • Stand outs this week include Red Cap, Rainbow Chard bunches Cauliflower (although smaller due to the cooler weather), Cucumber - both Leb and English, Carrots, Celery, Broccoli and Eggplant. 
  • Make a bee line for your Zucchini - strangely a piece in my fridge has developed a mouldy end between today and Monday. There has been quite a bit of rain in QLD which could be the culprit. Any major probs please lettuce know - we stand firmly behind our quality guarantee and would hate to think that anything we have supplied you ends up straight in the compost. In saying that, we are dealing in fresh produce and these things can happen - thankfully not often. 
  • Sorry about the shortage on English Spinach this week...supply is looking better for deliveries starting Monday the 25th.     
  • Iceberg lettuce from Paul were very small again this week hence we supplied 2 for 1. The frost has really affected the outer leaves this winter making them a little discoloured. As many Veterans of Lettuce know, we never strip our lettuce back - so they rarely ever look like the lettuce you see sitting on the shelves in supermarkets. Admittedly removing the outer leaves 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. Pauls herbs are also on the smaller side. Know what to expect. 
  • ...and just when we thought the Onions were on a downhill slide - K Produce has started their late NSW season. Woohoo - Order with confidence. Both Gold and Spanish were fantastic this week - still with a potential to sprout - these onions are much firmer than the onions we have been supplying over the last few weeks. Sadly, nothing has changed with our supply of Garlic which is also wanting to grow again - some bulbs are now splitting, resulting in us supplying you cloves...and some cloves are now a little discoloured. Some cloves are also 'coming to life' under the right conditions. Good news is that the flavour is good. Ironically, as we approach end of season and the worst garlic we have seen the price increases. This is a direct result of supply and demand - and there is very little available garlic on the market. New season will start in September.  
  • We have done our best to display the most up to date and accurate information about what will be available for next weeks deliveries on our website...but it is Wednesday and there are quite a few days before produce will be picked and cut. July is notoriously problematic with supply....Please excuse us over the next few weeks if indications we have on size of produce is off the mark....or we supply you from a Grower that we do not have listed as supplying us on a particular week. 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. 
  • Like most Winters we are experiencing a milk shortage. We will have enough in total numbers to supply all orders...but we may sub to a brand you have not ordered. If you are wanting the brand of milk you have ordered or nothing at all please advise.  
  • We strongly recommend the use of our FREE ice packs to be delivered with your order. Just remember to keep them clean and out of the sun so that we can collect them when we drop off your next order. We also welcome the return of all other packaging material that may find it's way into your order, egg cartons, bubble wrap, plastic boxes, etc. Please leave all these goodies in your returning boxes out for our drivers to collect on your next delivery.