Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know when Local Produce Ladies has a new offer out?
On the 1st day of the month we will email all our subscribers. If you are sitting at home crying quiet left-out tears, check your junk folder or it’s because we don’t have your correct email. Let us know what it is – we’d love to include you.
How do I pay?
After you have ordered, you can either pay by an online bank transfer (preferred option to avoid adding further costs). This can be done up until 2 days before convergence. Credit card payments are also available.
Where & when is pick-up?
This changes month to month, depending on what is in season. Once you have ordered and paid, we will let you know where and when. At the moment we are using private residences in the western suburbs of Perth (Cottesloe and Swanbourne) on a Thursday between 4 & 6pm. This allows time for farmers to deliver plus time for those of you who work office hours to get to us.
What happens if I cannot make the pick-up?
We encourage our lovelies to form their own food buddy networks to share pick ups and bulk orders. Lift Buddies. Basically, send a friend. Of course, life can get in the way sometimes. Just call us and we will make a plan.
What is a Share Buddy?
We love it when you band together with some family and/or friends to buy a whole animal. This makes even the largest animals more cost effective and manageable. Feel free to use our Facebook group to find a buddy. The meat is packed, labelled, weighed and organised in such a way that it is easy to share out evenly. We have Lamb Buddies and Pork Buddies so far.
Do I need to bring my own esky to pick up my order?
Yes! We love recycling and reusing so if you have your own esky, Styrofoam box or cooler bag, bring it. Also, if you bring back previously used, clean packaging, we will recycle that.
What do I do with my packaging?
We are trying to keep packaging to a minimum so we would love you to repurpose, reuse or return. We are also trying to keep everything compostable, but every farmer has a different system. Please bring your own eskies and shopping bags. With our veggie boxes you can either buy a basket and reuse every time or decant into your own bags.
- egg cartons – bring them back and reuse with your next order
- glass jars- wash and we will return to producer
- Olive oil bottles can be returned to the farmer or refilled for your own use.
- Boxes – we will repurpose and recycle
Is there a minimum amount for pick up orders?
No. Every family has different wants, needs and wishes but we do set the quantities online. We have tried to buy the things that we buy every time we go to the market- there is nothing we sell that we do not use ourselves.
What does it mean when you say spray-free?
For us, it is not all about being organically certified, but we do want our food grown the way Nature intended.
Wouldn’t it be a great world if those who don’t farm organically had to list their toxins and chemicals on their product? But sadly, in today’s world, it is the other way around and as you probably know, it is very expensive to be certified organic. A huge time and dollar commitment that many small-scale farmers cannot warrant. Nevertheless, we choose to work only with farmers who are committed to sustainability, whether they are certified organic, organic in conversion, bio-dynamic, regenerative or simply growing and raising stock naturally without all the added nasties. We have visited many of the farms (what a job perk!) and plan to visit the rest during the year. We have absolute transparency and want that to be reciprocated.
Does Local Produce Ladies make their own products?
Yes! With every offer we look at what is seasonal & delicious then we cook up a storm, making small batch jars of yumminess to compliment your order. Take all the credit, please!
Try our Cowboy Rub with your beef or vegetables. To die for, doll! Lamb Rub can be used on chicken, beef or veggies too. We have an amazing Torshi Seer which is pickled garlic – made from Wild Olive Farm organic garlic- it will keep maturing … for the next 20 years or so. Ask us about our Coffee Rub for chicken. There’s an ever expanding long list- we’ll keep you posted.
Do you use third parties, middlemen/women or wholesalers?
No. We supply straight from the farms. Farm to Foodie. The only warehouse is the farmer’s shed. Sometimes it is a bit of a collaboration (like the veggie boxes) but we will tell you every step of the way.
Why do you offer such large amounts?
We encourage Nose to Tail purchases where you buy the entire animal not just some choice cuts. It is a much cheaper way to provide for your family. Don’t worry- we will help you with the recipes.