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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 7th December 2016 for deliveries 12th - 15th December 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 : 12th - 15th December  
Yellow Nectarines - 1kg box - Coming from Ken Lester in Wood Wood, VIC - $13.50 each 

GROCERY SPECIAL : 12th - 15th December

Wise Guy Muesli's - All varieties - 20% off this week
Hand made in Sydney, without a conveyor belt in sight. No refined sugar or salt. No preservatives, additives or fillers. Nutritious and super tasty using only the finest 100% Certified Organic ingredients. Beautiful packaging too - Christmas Gift idea perhaps ?? 
 


 

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  • ...only 2 more deliveries before the Christmas Break !!! Fresh new Hampers available this year - Check out the News Page.   Keep in mind, we also make the most amazing custom hampers, so if you have a special someone you are looking to buy a gift for, lettuce know what you have in mind and we will get a few options available for you to choose from. A quick note for customers intending to send multi hamper orders this year - please have your orders to us by Friday the 9th of December. As with each Christmas/New Year we will be taking a short break...Last deliveries will be made Monday the 19th - Thursday the 22nd. First deliveries of 2017 will be made week starting Monday the 9th of January. 
  • For anyone waiting on the go ahead on Seedless Watermelon - here it is. Now available from Trevor Mahaffey, this week's melon was superb. Good colour, texture and most importantly flavour - woohoo, just in time for Christmas. Nothing screams Summer like a delicious, juicy watermelon! 
  • Cherries also deserve a special mention - Yummo. Sadly, we are unlikely to see any price relief this season as quantities are so small across the board due to a problem with pollination this year. Treat yourself - you won't be disappointed. 
  • Apricots, White Peaches, Nectarines (Our fresh produce special), Blueberries, Rockmelon, Honeydew Melon & Plums were also fantastic. Order with confidence. Keep in mind that the stonefruit is arriving on the firm side and this is generally how we like delivering your Summer fruits, it gives them a much better chance of arriving in one piece. For those of you who like to eat your Stonefruit with a crunch, simply store in the fridge...and for those of you who like your fruit soft and juicy simply leave at room temperature for a few days to ripen. Keep an eye on your Apricots - they can turn from rock hard to soft at lightning speed. Keep in mind early season fruit is always a little xxey so we all need to focus on quality rather than quantity for the moment -  especially for those customers ordering a seasonal box. 
  • Mangoes were again fantastic. Flavour so far has been outstanding this season. Coming from Wilderness Farm and Price this week, fruit is unlikely to be on the larger side - we will list the medium sized fruit, but if we are unable to supply we will sub to the smaller fruit unless you advise otherwise. As with most seasons, some of the fruit is developing 'black spot' around the cylix (spot they were attached to the tree) as they ripen....These spots are generally only skin deep and are a result of a set of weather conditions at the time the fruit is in flower...in saying that - we see them most seasons....Conventionally mangoes can be subjected to some fairly heavy chemicals to prevent this spotting, but obviously Organic mangoes are not. QLD KP Mango Season will start in the next few weeks. 
  • Forest Orchard fruit has completely run out and the only Apples that are of reasonable quality are Gala coming from Fruitlands. We will also offer Juicing Apples as we know many of you are using them for juicing....but....they really are the bottom of the barrell so to speak and will require tidying up at your end with knick marks now developing into full blown sores. Keep in mind that you must store these Apples in the fridge or you will literally see them begin to wrinkle. New Apple season will begin in January/February with Early Gala from McMahon in Pozieres.  
  • Sorry about the lack of Celery this week....quality fell well below the level we would choose on your behalf from Vic and unfortunately Shane was in between picks. Shane assures us he will have Celery available for deliveries starting Monday the 12th, although it will be small as it has been for the last few weeks. Know what to expect. 
  • Fresh Green Russian Garlic (on grower special this week - only $35 per kilo) from Eden Breussow (Glenrose Eggs) require a special mention - BEAutiful. No need to peel...simply pull apart and use. Remember to store in fridge.
  • As many of you already know many of our locally grown greens are holey as they are being severely targeted by Cabbage Butterfly who obviously know organic produce is is good for them. I wish I could say quality will improve soon...but it won't - Charlie's, Joe's and Rachel's Farm is badly affected....but hey a little hole never hurt anyone and you'd never know after cooking, cutting up or blending! Charlie's super sweet Corn will be ready for picking on the weekend - woohoo.   
  • Cauliflower and Broccoli are in short supply. I mention this because as usual when supply is tight lesser quality heads seem to find their way into the boxes. Supply should increase over the next few weeks. As many veterans of Lettuce know Broccoli on change of season (and variety) during change over can arrive with fairly open flowerettes and at times appearing a little orangey. Appearance will improve each week until our Broccoli is tight and super green just as we like them. Caffra's Cauli are still on the very small side and like most Summer Cauli's are not as beautiful as the heads we receive during the Winter months. Summer Cauli's are often an off white to yellowy colour, can at times feel a little rubbery and are generally not as densely developed which can result in there being random problems with grubs etc. You will find that when you cook the cauli the colour returns to a whitish.     
  • Lettuce - all varieties, Dandelion, Snowpeas and Sugar Snap Peas, Basil (on grower special), Corn (although quite small), Lebanese Cucumber, Bok Choy, Red Capsicum, Garlic - all varieties, Cherry Tomatoes - Mini Roma in particular, Dutch Carrots, Salad Mix, Shallots and English Cucumber have been great. Green Capsicum and Spaghetti Squash back on the list this week.
  • Did you know we have Dinner Boxes or Recipe Packages also simply known as Dinner Inspiration for those of us preparing dinner for the fam each evening...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, or we supply you from a Grower that is different to the one we have listed on our site..... We are updating our site without actually having the produce we are selling in front of us and things can change without notice, like the weather for instance. 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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CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING ……..
DO YOU WANT A TURKEY OR LEG OF PORK ?

As we did last year we are only getting Turkeys and Legs of Pork in for customers who specifically ask for them. If you want one, could you please lettuce know asap so we can organise for you.

Turkeys will be approx 3.5 – 5.5kg @ $25.00 per kilo.

Pork Legs (available in butt or leg end) will be approx 2 - 4kg @ $29.00 per kilo

Our last deliveries of 2016 will be 19th - 22nd of December.
Our first deliveries of 2017 will be 9th - 12th January

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

For Him &/or Her: 3 in 1 Turning Slicer, Ceramic Knife, Salad Spinner, Vitamix (if feeling generous), Neoflam Cookware, Wine Gift, Hamper, Compact Juicer, Ecolinen Organic Manchester, Beeswax Candles, Electric Oil Vaporiser with Oils, Gift Voucher, Haircare Products, Body Wash, Cook Book, Christmas Cake/Pudding, Selection of Chocolates, Selection of Seeds for planting, EcoJars, Keep Leaf Reuseable Baggies, Stainless Steel Lunchboxes, Salt Lamps, Diet Specific Goodies, Protein Powders and more.
New Born: Simply head to Baby Products on our website - so many beautiful gifts to choose from !

PLEASE RETURN OUR POLY BOXES and ICEBLOCKS

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.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

As you know, we charge your credit card for your delivery total on the day of or day after your delivery. Please ensure that we have your up to date credit card details and that there are sufficient funds available on the day of your delivery for us to process your payment.