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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 1st July 2015 for deliveries 6th - 9th July 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.

  • we all know from the excess clothes wearing and washing : ) Winter is here, resulting in produce across the country growing at a snail's pace..! Thankfully we have been co-operatively trading with our growers and suppliers for a period extending over 15 years and so should not be without stock...but in saying that there can always be some gaps in supply. We have done our best to display the most up to date and accurate information about what will be available for next week deliveries...but it is Wednesday and there are quite a few days before produce will be picked and cut. End of June and 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.
  • Pim's Strawberries will remain at $7.00 this week as the cool and wet weather has really put a dampener on supply. Flavour is amazing, delicious, fantastic. Treat yourself. 2nd Quality Strawberries also available - excellent value for customers cutting their strawberries into pieces anyway..
  • Thinking of delicious Imperial Mandarins are coming to mind. Yum, yum....getting to that very loose skin stage....Flesh is sweet and super juicy. Order with confidence.
  • Paw Paw from Rosa Brunner is arriving very under ripe and taking quite a while to fully ripen. Remember to wash your Paw Paw on arrival, then pat dry to ensure your fruit does not develop any sore spots while ripening.
  • Passionfruit is at the very end of the season and are super ripe - even really firm fruit is becoming wrinkly at a very fast rate - so keep an eye on your fruit. Don't let the wrinkle put you off...the fruit is super sweet and only $14.00 per kilo this week - these Passionfruit will not hold for make a plan to use them this week.
  • Wrinkly is also coming to mind for end of season with each year at this time, the pears from Linton Greenwood can start to wrinkle around the cylix (part that the fruit has been attached to the tree). Don't let the look put you off - the Pears - both Bosc and Packham have been Pears, Apples have also been off the trees for some time. For those of you who only like a crunchy apple, it is best to stick with Fuji as they maintain their fantastic flavour and crunch until the end of Forest Orchards season.
  • Navel Oranges, Cavendish Bananas, Limes (although some of the skins are extremely rough from rubbing), Avocadoes from Wodonga Park and Red Hill as well as Tangellos were great this week. For those of you hanging out for Peter Fraser's Lemonade fruit, they are still 2 weeks from starting.
  • Please take a careful look at the beans we have delivered to you this week....Picked in the rain, these delicate, young beans have the potential of softening or becoming mouldy if in any way affected by the rain....and one questionable Bean confined to a closed paper bag can potentially become a white mouldy mess within days. We didn't see any probs at our end....but experience reminds of potential problems. 
  • Garden Peas back on the list this week from David Cohen. Keep in mind first pick always presents us with smaller peas that are super sweet. Ruby is super pleased - she loves raw shelling peas.
  • Thinking of pleasing - Broccoli and Cauliflower is also coming to mind. The veg we are receiving from Gary & Kathy Harm has been magnificent. Remember that the stem of the Broccoli is also delicious. Simply take the outer, woody layer off (I do this with a potato peeler) and then cook as you would the flowerette.
  • Weier's QLD Celery was excellent this week. Bunches are a good colour, a good size and taste fantastic.
  • QLD Corn is looking a little dry. Don't let this put you off...the kernels are sweet and juicy.
  • 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.
  • Orlean Sweet Potato available from Master Sweet Potato Grower - Ken Small this week....Orlean is a very clean skinned variety with a purple skin and an apricot coloured flesh - Try something new this week.
  • Onions and Garlic are now at the end of their season and are wanting to grow again. The best way to slow this process is to store them in the fridge. If the green shoots do appear, just cut in half and remove before use or simply eat them too ! New season will begin again around September… Russian Garlic is now showing signs of age with some cloves becoming discoloured and are arriving in segments not bulbs....while Tassie grown Italian Garlic is holding up but now clearly shooting. Our pick of the Garlic is now the Garlic Onions - it is one big piece of Garlic that is Round - a favourite in our house as it is so easy to peel. Ironically the price on all Garlic varieties will begin to 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.
  • Carrots, Potatoes (Sebago, Dutch Cream & Nicola in particular), Red Capsicum, Lebanese Cucumber, Mini Roma Cherry Tomatoes, Bok Choy, Kale - All varieties, Radish, Salad Mix, Shallots, Cabbage - All Varieties and Zucchini have been fantastic.
  • Jo's lettuce is still on the smaller side - know what to expect. We have listed all varieties but may not be able to supply all varieties to every order...If you are wanting the lettuce you have ordered or nothing at all - please advise. Iceberg back on the list this week from Paul - heads will be on the smaller side.
  • As many of you know, the Flat Parsley coming from Paul Cremona in Western Sydney is a little battered. Quality will not improve for at least the next three weeks. Know what to expect.
  • Unfortunately our supply of Clarendon Farm Eggs will be non-existent until at least end of July at this stage. Ian is in the process of moving and has encountered a number of obstacles. The girls are literally in a flap with stress. As you all know we have been subbing to various other brands of Eggs and in most cases have been supplying you at less than we are a short term fix this was manageable, but as a long term solution this is not sustainable....So we will now take Ian's Eggs from the list and offer Country Range as a listing until Ian's supply returns. Not only are Ian's Eggs some of the best available...they are also a fantastic price point.