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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 23rd October for deliveries 28th - 31st October 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 : Jap Pumpkin - 1kg or more - $2.80 per kilo.
Coming from Organic Valley Produce in Murray Upper, QLD.

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  • ...and the Summer Fruits are making an entry this week with KP Mangoes coming from Sharmaine in the Northern Territory. If this wasn't good enough news in itself - Wilderness Farm have also started which means there is immediate competition for the market - so $6.50 each for SMALL fruit (size 18) and $9.50 each for medium fruit (Size 12)....Veterans of Lettuce will know prices usually start at around the $8.00 mark for small fruit. To top it off everyone is talking about the volume of fruit that will be available this year which should result in plentiful supply and great pricing. Yippee!  
  • ....Early Plums and Apricots are set to start in approx 4 weeks. Summer fruits are not far off everyone....hang in there..
  • ...until then, end of Winter fruits are on offer. I'm sure you will all agree the Lady William Apples from Don Edwards have been amazingly good - they are now the pick in the Apple department alongside Graeme's Pink Lady and Grannies. Both have been really good  considering it is so late in the season. All of the apples are now displaying some surface bruising which can't be helped - know what to expect. Please make sure you refrigerate apples as soon as you can at your end...same goes for Kiwifruit - Aussie season is wrapping up this week and as the fruit comes out of the coolrooms straight into this warm weather - they are literally going from firm to soft before your eyes. If you only like firm kiwis - give them a miss this week. 
  • For everyone asking about late Packham Pears from WA - they will be available week starting Monday the 4th November. 
  • Bananas, Avana Mandarins, Valencia Oranges, Blueberries, Strawberries, Avocadoes and Tangellos (now coming in at around 250gm each) have been excellent. Black Sapote back on the list this week.
  • Shane has been in touch to lettuce know that with all the warm weather his glasshouses are busting at the seams with Leb Cues....super special for next week - $8.00 per kilo. I can't remember the last time Leb Cues were cheaper than English!!! Fruit is a little larger than we are use to - closer to the 250gm each mark than 200gm each. Flavour is superb! We personally use Lebs as boats - cut down through the centre, remove the seeds with a spoon and then top with peanut butter or red caps or dips, so many possibilities! 
  • Spaghetti Squash still $4.00 per kilo coming from Mt Alma in QLD....such an amazing substitute for Spaghetti. There are a number of ways to cook it, but we have found the easiest way is to cut in half, scoop out the seeds, add a little butter, salt and pepper and then roast cut side down at around 200 degrees for about 40 minutes. When ready the cut side will be golden and the flesh easily pierced with a fork. Then, simply use the fork to fluff and separate the 'spaghetti'. 
  • Just a little reminder that there is no comparison (in terms of quality) when comparing Cauli's grown in QLD during the cooler months to Cauli's grown in the warmer weather from Victoria, NSW & SA which are generally not as densely formed and are often a shade or two off white. You'd never know though, once you have cooked it! Know what to expect.  
  • Dutch Cream Potatoes from Rob Bauer are delicious - but a little smaller than usual at the moment. Not Chat size - but smaller than we have been supplying you. Know what to expect.  
  • New season Italian Garlic has been great - Order with confidence. Russian Garlic on the other hand is still 'old season' and is looking a little rough with some cloves discoloured while others are sprouting through the centre as the garlic is wanting to grow again. If you can get past the look of the Russian - flavour is still good.
  • We will now have a one week gap on Flat Parsley - as many of you know, the bunches we sent out this week (free of charge) had gone to seed - a lot of stalk, with very little leaf. Hope you could get something out of the bunches. 
  • Generally speaking our Veges have been great - Mushrooms, Onions - White in particular (best for salads), Broccoli (although price is climbing as we move from QLD stock to VIC), Celery, Petite Cherry Tomatoes, Red Cap, Leeks, Broad Beans, Broccolini, Kale - all varieties, Snowpeas, Asparagus, Shallots, Dutch Carrots, Zucchini, Mushrooms, Pumpkin - Jap in particular (our produce special again this week) were stand outs. 
  • We have already had a few enquires about our Christmas closing times this year....we are still considering this one. With Christmas Eve on a Tuesday we are contemplating if it is possible for us to offer deliveries to all areas on Monday & Tuesday...obviously if we squeeze all deliveries into 2 days we will need to alter delivery times for some areas.....we will make a decision soon and advise if this is possible or if last deliveries will be made week starting the 16th December. Will confirm for sure next week.  
  • 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 : )

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THANK YOU

Thank you all so much for support regarding our listing on NSW Food Authorities site for being in breach of a food act. If you have been blissfully oblivious to the drama, you can come up to speed here... or just sail on by and come on in to order our Aussie grown, All Certified Organic Fruit & Veges : )

RAW GOAT MILK FROM NIMBIN VALLEY

...back on the list this week. Stock is arriving mid morning each Thursday with 8 days life....so we will freeze immediately which will give you 7 days fresh life from delivery day.

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.