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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 28th June 2017 for deliveries 3rd - 6th July 2017

Monday - Wednesday Delivery: Order by 4pm Sunday. 
Thursday Delivery: Order by 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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PRODUCE SPECIAL : Cauliflower - $5.00 each. Coming from Mount Whitestone & Black Crow in QLD. 

GROCERY SPECIAL : Global Organic Soups $4.25 each...usually $5.00 each. Introductory Special  
All Certified Organic. All Vegan. Just heat and serve.

  • Thank you again to all of those customers who have taken the time to send us an email or made a note on their order about the ice pack situation. We had a number of brilliant suggestions presented to us...and have decided to stay with the flat pack ice blocks for the time being at least. Thank you so much to all those customers who have diligently returned the flat pack ice blocks in pristine condition to us with each returning box in the past....and thank you in advance to all those customers who have promised to return the flat packs moving forward : ) 
  • ...so sorry about the tease on Red Dacca Bananas this week....you wouldn't read about it - we received Blue Java instead. These are a blue/grey Lady Finger shaped banana that are also known as Ice Cream Bananas because of their Vanilla like flavour and soft consistency. Both varieties will soon be a regular on the list, although as many of you know the last few weeks have been very clunky with supply. Green light on Blue Java this week...unfortunately Red Dacca unavailable for a week or two. As much as I want to promise all will be fine with supply this week..... as that is what I am hearing. I am thinking about the fact that unless I am picking and packing myself - I just can't be 100% certain. If Blue Java do not turn up on Monday we will sub to Cavendish unless you advise otherwise. 
  • Fuji are now the pick of the Apples for those of you who like your apples with crunch. For the ninth year in a row some of the fruit is displaying 'water core'...this is a phenomena that makes the core of the Apple look wet…..basically the apple has been sun ripened to the point that starch converts to sugar making the fruit extremely sweet !  Don't let it put you off - there is nothing wrong with the apple, in fact in some countries these fetch a much higher price and are very sought after.... Golden Delicious Apples are now what we consider 'soft' and Grannies are feeling a little slippery - rest assured they are not waxed, this is not allowed under the National Standard for Organic Production...this apple is so clever that as we move further into the season, the apple itself secretes a coating to prolong it's life. Amazing !  
  • Strawberries from Pim were a stand out this week - delicious! treat yourself - $8.50 per punnet. 
  • Hass Avocadoes, Imperial Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Limes, Lemons, Grapefruit - Ruby in particular & Cavendish Bananas were great this week.
  • The quality of the available veges in general is fantastic - stand outs this week being the Broccoli and Cauliflower (our produce special this week). Remember that the stem of the Broccoli is delicious. Simply take the outer, woody layer off (do this with a potato peeler), cut into discs and then cook as you would the flowerette. 
  • ....Carrots, Red Capsicum, Cucumber - both Lebanese and English, Beans, Gold Beetroot, Dutch Carrots, Cabbage - Red in particular, Pumpkin - all varieties, Baby Spinach (although now containing a little winter grass), Lettuce - all varieties, Kale - all varieties, Radish, Collards (still on grower special) and Zucchini also excellent.     
  • QLD Corn was also amazing this week, although the husks are really dry - don't let this put you off...the kernels are sweet and juicy.
  • 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 in August/September… Russian Garlic is now showing signs of age with some cloves becoming discoloured and arriving in segments not bulbs. 
  • Potatoes are also at the end of the season, meaning they have been in the ground for more than 3 months....'old season' potatoes do have the potential to sprout (come to life) under the right conditions....QLD season is just around the corner and should be available within the next week or two... 
  • Tomato are still arriving to us a little greenish...Ensure you leave them in a warm area of the kitchen which will see them ripen within a few days. Do not refrigerate ! Tomatoes if ripening over an extended period can go bad before becoming fully ripe...keep an eye on your fruit, especially if in a punnet and make sure you remove any split or bad fruit as well as wash any tomatoes that have come into contact with 'tomato juice' - one bad fruit can turn the others at a very fast rate. 
  • Winter appears to have finally arrived ....the cool weather 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 16 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 only selling Certified Organic Produce. We are Certified with NASAA...and can produce an audit trail on all our produce at a moment's notice...in fact, we were audited this week - passed with flying colours of course : )  
  • Like most Autumn/Winters we are experiencing an egg and milk shortage. We will have enough of both 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 eggs or milk you have ordered or nothing at all please advise.
  • 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 !  

We have updated our website with the most up to date and accurate information available to us at this time, but due to weather conditions 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 until of course the supply dries up completely. 

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 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.