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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 29th of July for deliveries 3rd - 6th August 2020

Orders for delivery Monday - Thursday need to be placed no later than 1pm Sunday.

Thank you all so much for bearing with us over the last few months as we chopped and changed the way we have been delivering to you as we worked around the Corona Virus and the strangeness that it brought for all of us.

We are now back to picking up all boxes (including cardboard) as well as all packaging material on a weekly basis...

....BUT due to the recent cases of Corona Virus in Sydney we will only pick up your empty boxes if we can safely separate them from orders we are yet to deliver in our vehicles .....our priority will be poly boxes....so if we take your poly (please put all packaging material in your poly) and not your cardboard - please recycle the cardboard at your end that week.

Returned boxes and packaging material are being cleaned, stored and re-used in due course. Please let me assure everyone that we are taking the cleaning and storing process very seriously at our end to protect our own family (including staff) and yours (our extended Lettuce family).

We are all still well....none of our family (including staff) have come into direct contact with any person carrying the virus and we are following strict procedures at our end to limit the chance that our team are exposed to the virus.

Our warehouse is still not open to the public at all and Couriers delivering stock to us are not coming inside our warehouse. We are following all of the guidelines provided to us by the World Health Organisation aswell as our Government to reduce any potential exposure to COVID-19.

Take care everyone,

Emma for Ben Slade and Cheryl & Bob Stuart

Please take note:

  • No additions of changes to orders will be accepted after 1pm each Sunday. 
  • Sensible Substitution will be made at our end if items are short or not available unless you advise otherwise. 
  • Favourite orders (for recurring order customers) will be placed as early as Thursday. If you change your order after we have placed it on your behalf please send a new order to us (before the cut off) - we will know which one we have placed and delete it. 

Some specialty items like Bread & Dairy have specific order cut off times. Please check these out when placing your order.    
  
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  • A little reminder that it is getting to that time of the season when the apples have been off the trees for some time and must be stored in the fridge to prolong life. We personally like eating apples at room temperature...so we store our apples in the fridge...then put in the fruit bowl each morning, the fruit we will consume that day. In terms of the first quality apples the pick is definitely Pink Lady & Fuji. Graeme's Gala supply has now been exhausted - we will now offer Gala from Don Edwards in Vic....Golden Delicious are now what we consider soft - not crunchy, but they make up for that with their great flavour. Forest Orchard Sundowner Apples also now available.
  • ...thinking of the fridge, also brings Packham Pears to mind. They are now showing their age with some minor discoloration on the skins and wrinkling around the cylix. Flavour is still good but appearance is starting to deteriorate. Know what to expect.
    • Strawberries & Blueberries have been stand outs in the fruit department this week - Treat yourself, the fruit has been superb, delicious, amazing.  
  • Blood Oranges, Limes, Hass Avocadoes, Cavendish Bananas, Kiwifruit, Lemonade Fruit and Navel Oranges have also been excellent.
  • Put Chinese Cabbage (also known as Wombok, Nappa Cabbage, Sui Choy, Celery Cabbage and Wong Bok) on the menu. Both Green & Red heads from Bauer Farm in QLD have been superb. Not only is it a very versatile vegetable, it is low in calories, contains folic acid, vitamin B, C & K. Not sure what to do with a Chinese Cabbage.....Shred and add to your favourite salad, or make a salad with the Chinese Cabbage as the hero (shred cabbage very thin with julienned carrots, shallots and chillies then top with soy sauce, sesame oil and seasoning to taste - remember to put the dressing on when serving or the salad will become soggy). Shred and lightly cook in your stir fry. Shred and long cook in your stew. Shred and pan fry with ginger, veg stock and seasoning for a delicious side dish ....or simply google Chinese Cabbage Recipes...the possibilities are endless.
  • Garlic is now at the very end of the season with most bulbs of Russian falling into segments when touched....some cloves are also now arriving discoloured - Know what to expect. New season will begin again in September.
  • Baby Spinach PP from Coolibah Herbs are being packed containing some Winter Grass...this really can't be helped at this time of the year. Know what to expect. 
  • Veges (although prices are climbing due to shortages in supply) in general have been excellent. Petite Cherry Tomatoes,  Cabbage - all varieties - Red on grower special this week, Brussels Sprouts (although most a requiring stripping back due to black spotting on outer leaves), Silverbeet, Corn, Bok Choy, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin - both Butternut & Jap, Broccoli & Cauliflower, Lebanese Cucumber, Gold Onions, Parsnip, Celery & Leeks were stand outs in the veg this week.  
  • 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 (not to mention lettuce generally at this time of the year is on the small side). 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. 
  • Winter is definitely upon us ....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 20 years and so we 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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, strawberry and cherry tomato punnets aswell as 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. If our drivers are not picking up your boxes please lettuce know.
     
  • 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 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 : )

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PLEASE RETURN OUR BOXES 

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.  

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.