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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 20th May 2015 for deliveries 25th - 28th May 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.

  • Anthony Wallis has been in touch and feels his Oranges really need another week on the trees to sweeten up...Until then, the fruit we have on offer from Brander and Mount Gayndah Eco Fruit have been really good - although a little larger than we would usually like. We also have the end of season Valencia Oranges from Fatgoose...these are really only now what we would consider a Juicing Grade. The fruit has been off the trees for some time now and is really showing it's age. Remember to refrigerate immediately at your end.
  • Pim is unfortunately NOT experiencing her 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' QLD weather, which is resulting her in Strawberries having a slow start to the season. Until Pim can supply all of the fruit we require we will also look to fruit from her neighbours to fill our orders. Remember, new season QLD Strawberries are always on the firm side.
  • Hass Avos are still really pricey. Can I suggest the 2nd Quality fruit...there is nothing wrong with these avos, other than the fact that they may be extra small, an odd shape or have a rub mark on the skin.
  • Sorry about the lack of Crimson grapes and Plums this week. Quality fell way below the standard you have grown to expect from us and so we decided not to supply. It really is amazing that these Summer fruits have continued into May this year !!! I'm sure you will all agree this has been one of the best seasons we have seen in grapes for quite a few years.
  • here we are again....Apples, Mandarins, Kiwi and Pears - all of which have been fantastic.
  • Graeme's full complement of Apples are now on the list and are excellent - as usual. As with the last few years, some of the Fuji are presenting with 'water core' - this is the kind of wet look that you can see as you move towards the core. It's hard to believe but....the Jonathon and Golden's are becoming what we consider a little 'softish' - although unless you only love a crunchy apple - don't let this put you off - the flavour of both apples has been great.
  • Bananas and Passionfruit also require a special mention - they were delicious this week....and Nashi Pears - on grower special this week from Darby Organics. 
  • ...thinking of Grower Specials - Celery is immediately coming to mind. Helps Rd will have a heap ready for cutting over the weekend as will Black Crow - quality has been good - only $6.00 per bunch this week.
  • Our thick Shallots from Colin Gray are becoming thinner with each week due to the cooler only thin Shallots available for the time being.
  • Our QLD Beans were showing signs of the battering they have received over the last few weeks. Nothing major, but a little rusty with a few broken ends. Don't let this put you off the flavour is amazing and beans sweet and juicy. Trevor has assured us that the look of the beans will improve each week.
  • QLD Corn is delicious....although as with so many QLD corn they are arriving with some fairly dry, light coloured husks....these Cobs are not old - simply QLD grown....Kernels are super yellow and amazingly sweet!!
  • For all of those customers who have been asking us for Horseradish ...Rachel is taking up the challenge. Did you know this root takes 12 month to grow !!!! No wonder we have never seen it grown organically in the 16 years we have been buying fresh produce across the country. Rachel's Rainbow Chard and Baby veg has been great.
  • It's hard to believe but the end of the Onion and Garlic season is upon us once again...this can result in the veg beginning to want to grow again under the right conditions. Store in a well ventilated, cool area of the kitchen. If your onions or garlic do start to sprout, it is still fine to eat. You can remove the sprout if you prefer, otherwise simply cut up, sprout and all ! New season will start again in September. Russian Garlic may now arrive to you in segments, while Italian Garlic from Tassie is still remarkably good.  
  • Tomato availability is still the topic on most retailers lips...or should I say, the lack of tomatoes. This time of year the Organic Tomato supply is so tight and pricey that most organic retailers, literally lose sleep over this must have item. Some of the fruit we are supplying you from Shane is a little greener than we would usually like due to the cooler weather. These tomatoes are mature, but not ripe. Do not refrigerate. If possible leave in a closed paper bag in a warm location of the kitchen and the fruit will colour up within the next few days. Unfortunately we do sometimes see problems with tomatoes that take an extended time to ripen with sore spots that develop around the cylix. Any major problems lettuce know. Shane's Baby Leb Cucumber supply should be fine for deliveries starting Monday the 25th.
  • ...what is not fine is our lettuce supply. Ironic really - considering our name ! Jo's Farm is still recovering. As with the last few weeks, we will have smallish lettuce available...but the varieties and how many we will have of each is the unknown quantity, so we have listed all varieties but may not be able to supply all varieties...If you are wanting the lettuce you have ordered or nothing at all - please advise. We have quite a few options available to us in lettuce as well as many other varieties of produce we may end up replacing produce with goodies from Farms we are not anticipating at this point. Rest assured we only deal in Certified Organic Fruit and Veges - so any replacements we may supply to you from other Aussie Growers will also be grown in line with the National Organic Standard. You don't have to take our word for it... Lettuce Deliver is also a Certified Organic Retailer which means that we have to be able to prove these claims at a moment's notice : )
  • Generally, the quality of veges we have available is fantastic. The cooler weather does generally presents us with some of the best veg we have on offer all year..Stand outs are Salad Mix, Broccoli, Snowpeas, Dutch Carrots, Red Capsicum, Kale - all varieties bunched and boxed, Silverbeet, Bok Choy, Cabbage - Green and Red now from Gary & Kathy Harm (one more week until Cauli's are ready), Corn, Sweet Potato and Zucchini.  
  • Unfortunately our supply of Clarendon Farm Eggs will be non-existent until at least June. 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.