Newsletter: September 16, 2014

Healthy Fundraisers for Schools
Are you a parent, grandparent, or teacher looking for a healthy alternative to your school’s fundraising events? Look no further, we have the answer for you. We will donate $5.00 to the school for each box sold. It takes selling just a 100 boxes to gift your school $500! If your school would like plan fall fundraiser, please contact Nicole at 386.753.4565.

Fundraiser

Expanding to the Oak Leaf Area!

Thanks to our friend, Kristy of Jones Family Jams, we are able to expand deliveries in the Oak Leaf area! We are so excited to welcome her and her Jams to Front Porch Pickings. Please take a look to see if you know someone in the area who would love to add Front Porch Pickings to their front door. Remember there is a $10 referral credit for each member you refer…no limits!

By the way — have you tried her jams? Yum! She will be making us something “peachy” soon.

Oakleaf

 

 

Winter Squash in the Summer?

This week many of you may be a little surprised to find carnival squash (a winter squash) in your bag of goodies. If you’re tempted to use it as a center piece on your kitchen table rather than in your cooking, I hope you’ll think twice. Not only is carnival squash quite divine, it is high in vitamins A and C, iron and riboflavin. And contrary to popular belief, winter squash is actually a warm weather crop. The term “winter” only applies to its long storage time. These versatile, tasty delights can be enjoyed all year round.

How to Prepare Carnival Squash
If you’re anything like me, winter squash (any of them) may appear a bit too ominous to approach. However, since I am not one to be defeated in the kitchen, I am proud to say it’s not that difficult at all. All you need is a sturdy, sharp knife and a good peeler.

Hard squash is typically used in savory winter dishes with other root vegetables or in soups. However, since we are still in the midst of Summer, I thought it would be nice to enjoy it cool, over salad greens with a nice olive oil & balsamic dressing.  Below are some great recipes to try along with a link to a video on how to roast carnival squash with Butter, Parmesan and Lemon.

Roasted Butternut (or Carnival) Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette
How to roast carnival squash
Baked Carnival Squash with Bacon and Rosemary
Chicken Stuffed Carnival Squash

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini):  (Eggplant, Green Beans, Slicing Tomatoes, Carnival Squash, Gala Apples) Cucumber, Multi Color Bell Peppers, Red Potatoes  *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin, Mini:  Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Cauliflower, Taylor Salad Power Greens, Organic Nectarines, Organic Corn

Organic Bin:  Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Cauliflower, Taylor Salad Power Greens, Organic Corn, Organic Canteloupe, Organic Cucumber, Organic Gold Delicious Apples

Grab & Go: Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Canteloupe, Organic Broccoli, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Red Grapes, Organic Baby Carrots (bagged), Organic Nectarines, Gala Apples

Fruit: Organic Canteloupe, Organic Kiwi Berries, Organic Pluots, Gala Apples

Large Fruit: Organic Canteloupe, Organic Kiwi Berries, Gala Apple, Organic Nectarines, Organic Bananas, Organic Red Bartlett Pears

Recipes Ideas – Don’t forget to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

Stock Up on Staples!

Don’t forget to check out our online store for more veggies, fruit, and staples! We have a lot of new items.

Making Substitutions

Have no fear! If you do not like one of our pre-selected items in your regular sized organic or local bin, you have the choice to remove it! Hit the “customize now” button and zero out the items you wish to leave out.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your boxes clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

Veggie Bin has Teamed up with Daytona’s Front Porch Pickings

The Veggie Bin has Teamed Up with Daytona’s Front Porch Pickings!
If you missed our email a couple of weeks ago — you missed our BIG news. The Veggie Bin has merged with Daytona’s farm to table service, Front Porch Pickings (FPP). The owners of FPP, Nicole Lebron and her dad, Jan Pittard and I have been “informally” working together since January 2011 when we both had only 20 to 30 customers each. We are excited to “officially” work together! Combined, we are serving over 800 customers from Jacksonville to Daytona under the name Front Porch Pickings.

So what does this mean for you? As a Veggie Bin member much will stay the same, but here are the changes we have implemented:

• Our Name: We will be taking the name Front Porch Pickings.
• More box options: We have added a Grab & Go Box, perfect mix of local and organic (global) items that you can eat raw for $28.
• More Store Items Available Each Week: One of the benefits of joining forces is that we will now have access to more products than previously offered as we will be going to more farms each week and have more items through our organic distributor.
 Large Fruit: Instead of double the fruit of our small fruit, it will now contain 6-7 different fruit items
 Billing: For your convenience, we will now bill all of our customers on the day of your delivery. Therefore, if you place your delivery on vacation hold, you don’t have to worry about a credit on your account because you won’t be charged unless we deliver!
• Thursday Delivery: All of our Thursday deliveries will now be on Wednesdays.

Newsletter: Sept 9, 2014

Welcome back to the folks on every other week delivery schedule!
You will see we have a brand new name and website! We worked hard over the summer to improve our customers’ experience by creating a fully customizeable ordering system. However, last week we hit a lot of bumps! We apologize for the issues and thank you all for being so patient with us. We are hopeful that this week’s shopping experience is much smoother, as we have not been able to reproduce the  issues while we were testing this week.

We have changed our shopping cart from making substitutions to completely customizing your box order. Your price adjusts automatically! If you only want 7 of the 8 items you will pay less than the $26 (local box) or if you want 12 ears of corn instead of 6, the price will increase accordingly. If you have any issues, please contact us at fp@frontporchpickings.com.

Visit our blog post  for a little tutorial on how to customize your orders

The Veggie Bin has Teamed Up with Daytona’s Front Porch Pickings!
Whew, we made it through the hot summer and excited to get back to deliveries. If you missed our email a couple of weeks ago — you missed our BIG news. The Veggie Bin has merged with Daytona’s farm to table service, Front Porch Pickings (FPP). The owners of FPP, Nicole Lebron and her dad, Jan Pittard and I have been “informally” working together since January 2011 when we both had only 20 to 30 customers each. We are excited to “officially” work together! Combined, we are serving over 800 customers from Jacksonville to Daytona under the name Front Porch Pickings.

So what does this mean for you? As a Veggie Bin member much will stay the same, but here are the changes we have implemented:

Our Name: We will be taking the name Front Porch Pickings.
More box options: We have added a Grab & Go Box, perfect mix of local and organic (global) items that you can eat raw for $28.
More Store Items Available Each Week: One of the benefits of joining forces is that we will now have access to more products than previously offered as we will be going to more farms each week and have more items through our organic distributor.
Large Fruit: Instead of double the fruit of our small fruit, it will now contain 6-7 different fruit items
Billing: For your convenience, we will now bill all of our customers on the day of your delivery. Therefore, if you place your delivery on vacation hold, you don’t have to worry about a credit on your account because you won’t be charged unless we deliver!
Thursday Delivery: All of our Thursday deliveries will now be on Wednesdays.

We want to thank all of our customers for making us a huge success! We look forward to serving you and your families for years to come.
Happy Cooking,
Amie, Jan, & Nicole — and our newly expanded team

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini):  (Organic Cucumbers, NC Gala Apples, Slicing Tomatoes, Okra, Yellow Squash, Florida Avocado), Organic Green Cabbage, Multi Color Bell Peppers, Sweet Potatoes *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin (Mini):  (Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Macintosh Apples, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Green Cabbage, Organic Corn) Organic Celery, Organic Sweet Onions, Organic Cantaloupe

Grab & Go:  Brocoli, Cauliflower, & Carrot Medley (Bagged), Organic Red Grapes, Cantaloupe, Organic Celery, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Macintosh Apples, Organic Grape Tomatoes

Fruit:  Organic Macintosh Apples, Organic Red Grapes, Organic Pluots, Organic Bananas

Large Fruit: Organic Macintosh Apples, Organic Red Grapes, Organic Pluots, Organic Bananas, Cantaloupe, Organic Valencia Oranges, NC Gala Apples

Recipes Ideas – Don’t forget to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

Stock Up on Staples!

Don’t forget to check out our online store for more veggies, fruit, and staples! We have a lot of new items.

Making Substitutions

Have no fear! If you do not like on our our selected items in your regular sized organic or local bin, you have the choice to remove it and double another item that’s already in the bin or make a substitution. And if you have too many veggies, the great news is that you can always select French Pantry Baguettes as one of your substitutions!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your boxes clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

Customizing Your Orders

Customizing your orders has changed!

We have been working hard over the summer to improve your customer experience. We have changed our shopping cart from making substitutions to completely customizing your box order. Your price adjusts automatically! If you only want 7 of the 8 items you will pay less than the $26 (local box) or if you want 12 ears of corn instead of 6, the price will increase accordingly.

Below is how the shopping cart looks when I log in. To customize your box, click the customize now button. The same substitutions pop up will appear. Place the amount of each item you would like in your box. For items you would like removed, just add a zero. Hit submit at the top right to save and close the window. In future weeks, this will be changing so that you see every item in your shopping cart instead of clicking customize now.

Next, to add items outside of the preselected produce,  search our shop tabs. Select the quantity of the item and hit add. The item will appear in the shopping cart. Easy! And it will just get easier!

When you are done customizing your box, hit SUBMIT ORDER NOW!

Shopping Cart

Newsletter: Sept. 2, 2014

The Veggie Bin has Teamed Up with Daytona’s Front Porch Pickings!
Whew, we made it through the hot summer and excited to get back to deliveries. If you missed our email a couple of weeks ago — you missed our BIG news. The Veggie Bin has merged with Daytona’s farm to table service, Front Porch Pickings (FPP). The owners of FPP, Nicole Lebron and her dad, Jan Pittard and I have been “informally” working together since January 2011 when we both had only 20 to 30 customers each. We are excited to “officially” work together! Combined, we are serving over 800 customers from Jacksonville to Daytona under the name Front Porch Pickings.

So what does this mean for you? As a Veggie Bin member much will stay the same, but here are the changes we have implemented:

Our Name: We will be taking the name Front Porch Pickings.
More box options: We have added a Grab & Go Box, perfect mix of local and organic (global) items that you can eat raw for $28.
More Store Items Available Each Week: One of the benefits of joining forces is that we will now have access to more products than previously offered as we will be going to more farms each week and have more items through our organic distributor.
Large Fruit: Instead of double the fruit of our small fruit, it will now contain 6-7 different fruit items
Billing: For your convenience, we will now bill all of our customers on the day of your delivery. Therefore, if you place your delivery on vacation hold, you don’t have to worry about a credit on your account because you won’t be charged unless we deliver!
Thursday Delivery: All of our Thursday deliveries will now be on Wednesdays.

We want to thank all of our customers for making us a huge success! We look forward to serving you and your families for years to come.
Happy Cooking,
Amie, Jan, & Nicole — and our newly expanded team

Our New Website

Thanks for your patience while we are going live with the new website today.

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini):  (NC Corn, S. GA Pomegranate, NC Green Beans, NC Sweet Potatoes, N FL Yellow Squash) TN Slicing Tomatoes, NC Apples, N. FL Collard Greens *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin (Mini):  (Baby Brocoli, Delicata Squash Baby Bok Choy, Pluots, Yulon Gold Potatoes), Asian Pears, Rainbow Carrots (no tops), Valencia Oranges)

Grab & Go:  Brocoli & Carrot Medley (Bagged), Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, NC Gold Supreme Apples, Organic Green Grapes, Organic Pluots, Organic Rainbow Carrots (no tops), Romaine Hearts (Bagged)

Fruit:  Organic Bananas, Organic MacIntosh Apples, Organic Green Grapes, Valencia Oranges

Large Fruit: Organic  Bananas, Organic MacIntosh Apples, NC Gold Supreme Apples, Organic Green Grapes, Valencia Oranges, Cantaloupe

Recipes Ideas – Don’t forget to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

Stock Up on Staples!

Don’t forget to check out our online store for more veggies, fruit, and staples! We have a lot of new items.

Making Substitutions

Have no fear! If you do not like on our our selected items in your regular sized organic or local bin, you have the choice to remove it and double another item that’s already in the bin or make a substitution. And if you have too many veggies, the great news is that you can always select French Pantry Baguettes as one of your substitutions!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your boxes clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

Newsletter: July 22, 2014

Our Last Delivery of the Season!

We want to thank each and every one of our amazing customers for your dedication to our local food system.  We know we couldn’t do this without you and our incredibly hard working farmers. Our team takes pride in being the link between our farmers and our community. This year has been our best year yet and we only hope to get better with age!

The Veggie Bin will return from break the first week of September. We will send you a reminder email when we get closer to your exact start date. Please remember to tell your friends how much you miss us over the summer!

Have a fantastic Summer!

-Amie and the Veggie Bin Team

PS — Community Loaves Sourdough breads are AVAILABLE again this week!

SALE ITEMS!

Now is a great time to try some items that you’ve been eyeing!

  • Coffee Roasters Dark, Whole Bean 12oz – Regularly $11.00 – on sale for $9.00
  • Waldoch Honey – Regularly $9.00 – on sale for $7.00
  • Yaupon Tea – Regularly $15.00 – on sale for $13.25
  • Olive Oil, 16oz – Regularly $34.00 – on sale for $28.00 — Sold Out!
  • Cornmeal – Regularly $6.25 – on sale for $4.50 — only 2 available
  • Quinoa – Regularly $7.00 – on sale for $6.25
  • Handmade Soap – Regularly $5.00 – on sale for $4.25

OUR VEGGIE BINS – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini):  (Mangoes, Corn, Potatoes, Florida Avocado, Cubanelle Peppers & Onion) Butternut Squash, Mini Eggplant 3ct, Georgia Blackberries

Organic Bin (Mini):  (Organic Butternut Squash, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Beets with Tops, Green Kale (NC), Packham Pears) Sweet Baby Broccoli, Mushrooms, Cantaloupe)

Fruit: Nectarines, Flame Grapes, Rainier Cherries, Bananas

Recipes Ideas – Don’t forget to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

Stock Up on Staples!

Don’t forget to check out our online store for more veggies, fruit, and staples! This week we will have:

  • Blackberries (GA), Corn (N. FL), Peaches (SC), Avocado (CA) and more!

Making Substitutions

Have no fear! If you do not like on our our selected items in your regular sized organic or local bin, you have the choice to remove it and double another item that’s already in the bin or make a substitution. And if you have too many veggies, the great news is that you can always select French Pantry Baguettes as one of your substitutions! Find step by step instructions in our blog post.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your bin clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Bins that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

Newsletter: July 15, 2014

2 Deliveries Weeks Left Until Our Summer Break!

Summer is HERE! Please don’t forget, The Veggie Bin will be on break from July 28th and returning one month earlier on September 1st. And, the lovely ladies from Community Loaves are also on break right now and returning for our last week of deliveries.

SALE ITEMS!

Now is a great time to try some items that you’ve been eyeing!

  • Coffee Roasters Dark, Whole Bean 12oz – Regularly $11.00 – on sale for $9.00
  • Waldoch Honey – Regularly $9.00 – on sale for $7.00
  • Yaupon Tea – Regularly $15.00 – on sale for $13.25
  • Olive Oil, 16oz – Regularly $34.00 – on sale for $28.00 — only 3 available
  • Cornmeal – Regularly $6.25 – on sale for $4.50 — only 4 available
  • Quinoa – Regularly $7.00 – on sale for $6.25
  • Handmade Soap – Regularly $5.00 – on sale for $4.25

OUR VEGGIE BINS – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini):  (Blackberries, Organic Spaghetti Squash, Organic Italian Eggplant, Yellow and Green Zucchini, Peaches) GA Vidalia Onions, Mini Cucumbers, Speckled Butterbeans

Organic Bin (Mini):  (Organic Green Grapes, Organic Spaghetti Squash, Organic Italian Eggplant, Organic Green Beans, Organic Yellow and Green Zucchini) Organic FL Blackberries, Organic GA Vidalia Onions, Organic Cantaloupe

Fruit: Nectarine, Pineapple, Pluot, Banana

Recipes Ideas – Don’t forget to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

Stock Up on Staples!

Don’t forget to check out our online store for more veggies, fruit, and staples! This week we will have:

  • Blackberries (GA), Corn (N. FL), Peaches (SC), Avocado (CA) and more!

Making Substitutions

Have no fear! If you do not like on our our selected items in your regular sized organic or local bin, you have the choice to remove it and double another item that’s already in the bin or make a substitution. And if you have too many veggies, the great news is that you can always select French Pantry Baguettes as one of your substitutions! Find step by step instructions in our blog post.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your bin clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Bins that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!