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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 17th July for deliveries 22nd - 25th July 2019

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 : Bok Choy - $2.90 per bunch.
Coming from Charlie Galea in Theresa Park, NSW. 


GROCERY SPECIAL:
 Organic Times - Cookies - 15% off all of July
Organic Times Cookies are freshly baked in their boutique bakery in Victoria, with only the best and natural ingredients including certified organic grass-fed butter, fresh free-range eggs and fair-trade chocolate.

 

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This pic of carrots cannot more clearly sum up the way you have all made me feel since sending out my letter regarding our listing on NSW Food Authorities site for being in breach of a food act.

If you missed the letter you can find it here.  

Your messages of love and support for me personally as well as professionally has touched my heart. I have been reminded yet again what an amazing group of people we have in the Lettuce community.

As you can imagine over almost two decades  we have had many families come and go from our delivery runs for a variety of reasons....mainly circumstance or because they just wanted bigger apples : ) ....but I could not bear to think that anyone might leave us because they thought we had been deceptive or had bad food practices which is why it was so important for me to get the story out there.

You embraced the story I wrote, understood my intentions and sent responses that were so heartfelt.

Thank you for sending the love...I needed it and I certainly felt it. 

Since sending the letter out to you, the Daily Telegraph has changed the sentence regarding our business from : 

One of the worst offences came at Lettuce Deliver Organics at Homebush West, where it was fined $1320 for selling a “raw milk product that was not treated, packaged or labelled in a manner that deters human consumption”. 

to.... 

Lettuce Deliver Organics at Homebush West was fined $1320 for selling a “raw milk product that was not treated, packaged or labelled in a manner that deters human consumption. 

Thank you to everyone who contacted the paper directly about the article.

I am reminded of the quote by Barbara Mekulski

'Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.'  

This is so true of this experience as well as our collective move towards seeing a sustainable Australia.... Where food is grown with integrity and traceability with a commitment to human and Earth health as the major concern.  

Emma x 

  • If you don't have Pim's Strawberries in your order at the moment - you really are missing out. Flavour and texture have been excellent. Pim's 2nd Strawberries have also been fantastic - Great value for those of us cutting up fruit for little ones. From one week to the next we have no idea how many second punnets will be available - as they are a grade out of first quality fruit....Please lettuce know if you would like a First quality punnet if Seconds are short delivered. 
  • Peter Fraser's famous Lemonade Fruit are starting this week...Woohoo. Veterans of Lettuce know these fruit may be the most aesthetically challenged of all the citrus (except for perhaps the Emperor Mandarins - LOL)...but what they lack in appearance is made up for in taste. Delicious. You eat them like you would an orange as they are sweet, not sour as you might expect from your first impression. Best eaten when they feel a little spongy, Lemonade Fruit could be mistaken for an old lemon that has been lost in your fridge for a month - Know what to expect : ) Enjoy ! 
  • Our pick in Apples is now Pink Lady (which are really small - perfect for lunch boxes) and Golden Delicious (which are on the larger side), both still coming from Forest Orchards. All varieties though have now been off the tree for some time so make sure you now refrigerate at your end. 
  • ...thinking of items that need to be stored in the fridge - brings Pears to mind. Packham Pears from Linton Greenwood are now showing their age with a little wrinkling around the cylix and some discoloration on the skins. Don't let this put you off - the fruit itself is still really sweet
  • Navel Oranges, Kiwifruit, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Cavendish Bananas, Hass Avocadoes, Lemons and Limes have been great.
  • At this stage Kevin's supply of Blueberries is 50/50 due to cool weather. We will list them - or we will not need any if they are ready (fingers crossed)...but please let us know if you want an alternative should they not be available. 
  • As you may or may not be aware, our local growers often struggle with frost at this time of the year. In terms of lettuce this can result in browning of outer leaves...and in some cases inner leaves. As many Veterans of Lettuce know, we never strip our lettuce back - so they rarely ever look like the lettuce you see sitting on the shelves in  a shop. Admittedly removing the outer leaves does generally improve the initial impression of lettuce…but if we strip back outer leaves, the inner leaves become outer leaves at your end which then need to be removed, making the veg smaller and smaller at each strip back. Best time to take off outer leaves is just before use (unless they are damaged) as they are an excellent barrier against dehydration and damage to softer leaves. Pauls fantastic herbs are also now getting a little smaller due to time of year. Know what to expect. 
  • Green Curly Kale from Charlie in good supply - only $3.00 per bunch.
  • So for anyone who ordered Shallots this week - you know they are huge and very strong. Expect the same next week if you order Thick Bunches. Unfortunately they were all we could get our hands on this week as Tim Burrell was unable to supply. Mex (Moorland) in QLD supplies the thickest shallots we see all year. 
  • 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. 
  • Generally speaking our veges have been superb - Broccoli (down to $8kg), Leeks, Sweet Potato, Cauliflower (down to $6.20 each), Cabbage - all varieties, Fennel, Carrots, Kale - all varieties, Corn (although husks are dry), Cherry Tomatoes - all varieties, Zucchini, Pumpkin - Jap in particular, Parsnip, Baby Spinach (although there is some winter grass in the punnets - sorry this can't be helped) and Salad Mix stand outs this week. 
  • Sorry about the shortage on Organic Indulgence Dips this week....unfortunately a change of supplier was not a smooth one. All should be fine from here on in. 
  • We have a box of Winter Edition Living Now magazines in our warehouse (due to advertising). They usually retail for $8.80. We are basically giving them away for $1.10 each. You can find the mag in the New Products section this week.  
     
  • Due to the cooler weather 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 !  
  • Please return our boxes, icepacks and plastic boxes containing soft fruits and veges! These can be used over and over again if treated with care. We also welcome the return of all other packaging material that may find it's way into your order, egg cartons, bubble wrap, lettuce and spinach boxes, etc. I know many are sceptical about the recycling of goods through local councils....but please be assured we deliver all of the packaging material we use (when the end of their life is upon us) into Sydney Markets where recycling is a big business.....Please leave all these goodies in your returning boxes out for our drivers to collect on your next delivery.

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 we 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, Australian Grown 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 (NASAA Retailer R9291) which means that we have to be able to prove any claims we make about a products organic status at a moment's notice : )

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.

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.