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Our Fresh Produce Report

This report was updated on Wednesday 15th August for deliveries 20th - 23rd August 2018

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 :  Strawberries - $6.00 per punnet. Coming from Pim Mens in Glasshouse Mountains, QLD. 

GROCERY SPECIAL : Jensen's Pasta Sauces - 15% off all of August
Jensen's delicious Organic Pasta sauce is available in 4 delicious flavours in 500 gram jars. Big enough for the growing family or use part and keep the rest in the fridge to be used as an excellent base for an exciting casserole.

  • We have had quite a number of emails and calls over the last few weeks enquiring about our Farmers and how they are travelling in relation to the worst drought in living memory being experienced across the country. It is no wonder we are feeling closer than ever to the amazing people who bring us the food we eat across Australia with all the heartbreaking stories we are hearing....not to mention the images of our cracked, dusty land and hungry and dying animals that speak a thousand words. Thank you for getting in touch - a testament to the amazing and generous people we have ordering fruit & veges from us each week. The simple answer is that Organic Farmers are generally much more resilient to extreme weather conditions due to the most basic principle of organic farming - healthy soil. Organic Farmers generally speaking have a lot more topsoil that is buzzing with life and can hold on to a lot more moisture than the bare earth. In saying that, most Farmers are feeling the pinch and there is only so long you can go without filling your dams with water! We have expressed to our Farmers that the offer is there and they will lettuce know if they need the help of our wonderful and very generous community....As a family we have personally donated to the buy a bale appeal for the wider community and have also taken part in Country Valleys Adopt a Cow fundraiser. John and his family, who supplies the industry with their amazing Cow's milk has been doing it tough for quite some time and could use some help to hand feed their girls until Spring if you have a little to spare. Of course, we called our Cow - Lettuce : ) I hate to suggest how anyone spends their money...but because so many of you have asked....You can get in touch with the Fairley family by calling 4677 2223
  • Keep in mind that all Winter fruit - Apples, Navel Oranges, Mandarins, Lemons and Pears (now a little wrinkly around the cylix with some skin discoloration) are at the end of their season and are best stored in the fridge. If you only like eating your fruit at room temperature, can I suggest storing your fruit in the fridge and then each morning put the fruit that will be eaten that day into the fruit bowl. 
  • ....Aussie Kiwifruit are also at the end of the season and ripening at lightning speed - also best stored in your fridge.  
  • Cavendish Bananas, Passionfruit (although a little wrinkly), Strawberries (our produce special again this week - $6.00 per punnet), Mandarins - both Daisy & Imperial, Hass Avocadoes, Lemonade Fruit, Tangellos and Navel Oranges have been excellent. Seedless Watermelon back on the list this week from Wilderness Farm. 
  • Corn deserves a special mention....although the husks are looking a little grey and dry (so often the case with QLD Corn), the kernels are fantastic. Super sweet and juicy - just as we like them.
  • Celery has been a bit floppy of late, this is because the bunches are young and not completely filled out. You will be amazed at the transformation by loving your bunch for a few minutes. Simply recut the bottom of the stem and submerge in water for a few minutes. Know what to expect.
  • Onions - both Gold & Spanish available from K Produce this week - woooo! Back to the smaller size most of you are after. These late season onions are always superb. Order with confidence. 
  • 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. 
  • Garlic is at the end of the season and wanting to grow again - some bulbs are now splitting as we handle them, resulting in us supplying you cloves...and some cloves are now a little discoloured. Ironically, as we approach end of season and the worst garlic we have seen - the price increases. This is a direct result of supply and demand - and there is very little available garlic on the market. New season will start in September.  
  • English Spinach Bunches, Eggplant, Mini Roma Cherry Tomatoes, Cabbage - all varieties, Brussels Sprouts, Silverbeet, Bok Choy, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin - both Butternut & Jap, Broccoli & Cauliflower, Mushrooms - Swiss Brown in particular, Leeks and Roma Tomatoes were stand outs in the veg this week. Jerusalem Artichoke back on the list this week
  • 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. 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 : )  
  • 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 : )

CLEOPATRA'S BATH WASH & BODY BUTTER

As many of you are already aware there has been an amendment made to the NSW Dairy Food Safety Scheme in relation to the sale of raw milk - even if it is not being sold as a food product. At this time we are working through the new regulations and hope to have Trevor's products back on the list soon.

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.