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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 11th October 2017 for deliveries 16th - 19th October 2017

Monday Delivery: Order by 4pm Sunday. 
Tuesday Delivery: Order by midnight Sunday.
Wednesday/Thursday Delivery: Order by 9.30am Monday.
Some things are worth the wait !

Some specialty items like Bread & Dairy have specific order cut off times. Please check these out when placing your order.

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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PRODUCE SPECIAL : Asparagus - 42.90 per bunch. Coming from Maurice Caffra in Koowerup, VIC.          

GROCERY SPECIAL : Karma Cola Fizzy Drinks (330ml) $2.99 each...usually $3.52 each
Back in 2010 Karma Cola made their first few bottles of Cola using a bag of Cola nuts sent to them by their friends in Boma, a small village in the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone. They had learnt that the world drinks more than a million colas a minute but none of the money went back to the people who originally discovered the stuff. So Karma Cola made a drink to fix that. Read more

  • Pick in the Apples is definitely still the Fuji's coming from Edwards. They are still quite crunchy and have a good flavour. Pink Ladies  are now presenting with some surface bruising. These bruises are more often than not simply skin deep, so you may think about peeling for your little ones at least....this may also help with consumption of Grannies, regardless of minor bruising as many are now arriving with some discoloration on the skins which is actually called scolding. Please keep in mind that all Apples have now been off the trees for quite some time. Juicing Apples may now need tidying up at your end....small bruises and nick marks are now developing into full blown sores at a very fast rate. New apple season will begin again in January/February from McMahon in Pozieres, QLD.
  • Many of you will have noticed that the look of our Oranges has drastically improved this week - this is due to the fact that Jan from Karra Organics has started with her Lane Navels. Order with confidence...fruit is sweet and juicy. Valencia Oranges have also started ...but we will wait a week or two as the first pick is always so acidic.  
  • Keep in mind that all Winter fruit needs to go straight into your refrigerator on arrival. Warm weather coupled with end of season fruit can always present problems. Left unrefrigerated your Oranges, Apples, Kiwifruit and Pears will literally start to shrivel before your eyes - but you can extend their life by keeping them cold. That's right - life. Our fruit and Veg has not been put to sleep, coated, waxed, sprayed, treated...to keep them looking plastic like for ...arrhhh forever. Obviously we'd all take the discoloured Pear or half shrivelled Apple over the other choice any day.....but just a reminder that the winter fruit is not as beautiful looking as it has been. Just want to emphasise discoloured Pear - the Pears really are from the bottom of the barrel and only for those who can't be without....Flavour is still ok...but the look of the fruit is terrible.
  • Hang in there...It won't be long before our fruit bowls are overflowing again....We are expecting early Nectarines and possible plums early November, Apricots mid November, Cherries possibly early December....and before we know it Grapes will be back in our fridge - that will be in January....yikes 2018 is just around the corner ! .....but for now....this really is the hardest time of the year for all of us eating Organic (or should I say Living) Fruit ! The next few weeks will be tough...Most winter varieties are a little past their best and the Summer fruit season is still weeks from really starting. Deciding on the fruit going into the Seasonal Boxes at this time of the year literally has my hands shaking....If you are wanting to add a little bit of Summer to your order this week - you can't go past the Blueberries and Mangoes - both have been amazing. 
  • Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Hass Avocadoes (now coming from Manna Farm), Lemons, Kiwifruit (although ripening at lightning speed), Black Sapote, Pineapple and Cavendish Bananas have been great.     
  • QLD Cauliflower season has come to a quick close. Good news is that Maurice Caffra is starting his Cauli season this week. First pick of Cauli's is generally on the small side. Know what to expect. 
  • Paul is starting his locally grown Beetroot bunches this week, and his glamour English Cucumber is not far off starting either. The Coriander patch is still busting at the seams so Grower Special - $2.40 per bunch will continue this week
  • ...thinking of Grower Specials, Charlie's locally grown Silverbeet is also coming to mind - beautiful bunches for only $3.50. 
  • I can't remember the last time we have been without Dutch Cream Potatoes ...but it is a possibility for Monday the 16th. Rob Bauer has spuds in the ground....but it is so wet on farm that at this stage it looks as though there will be no way to dig them : ( If this becomes the case....we will look to King Edwards and Nicola as replacements. If you are waniting Dutch Cream or nothing next week, please make a note with your order. 
  • Bean quality has improved this week - pheww. Put them back on the menu.  
  • Broccoli (new season from Victoria), Dutch Carrots, Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, Red Capsicum, Cucumber - English in particular, Herbs, Radish, Italian Garlic, Mushrooms, Pumpkin - Butternut and Jap & Cherry Tomatoes - Round and Mini Roma were stand outs this week in the veg department. 
  • Naturis Bread order cut off time has been extended - now 8am Sunday morning. Naturis deliver to Lettuce each Monday.
  • Did you know we have Recipe Packages, also simply known as Meal Inspiration for those of us preparing dinner for the fam each evening...Head to our Meal Inspiration 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 at the moment, or we supply you from a Grower that is different to which we have listed on our site..... The end of the Winter fruit season often presents us with some unexpected sizes, not to mention the unpredictable end of Winter weather can always throw a spanner in the works with supply. 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.

We have updated our website with the most up to date and accurate information available to us at this time, but due to many factors including that most of the produce is yet to be picked there is of course some uncertainty with our expected supply. The good news is that we have quite a few supply options available to us and so may list a Grower on our site that does not end up supplying us goodies this week. 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 : )

RAW GOAT MILK SUPPLY..

As with each year at this time, the supply of Raw, Unpasteurised Goats Milk is really tight. We will do our best to share around the stock we receive each week. Supply should improve shortly.

MILK

...in many cases the Milk we offer you needs to be pre-ordered at our end a week in advance. Most of the time our guess- timates are spot on...but we have been caught out on the odd occasion. We do have a number of Dairy options available to us and so if we run short  on some varieties, we may look to others to fill the gap. If you would like us to supply ONLY the milk you have ordered or nothing at all, please make a note with your order.

PLEASE RETURN OUR POLY BOXES and ICE BLOCKS

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.