Weekly Newsletter 04-03-13

Red leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, tomatoes, onion, cauliflower, mini cucumbers, Valencia oranges, zucchini

Recipes for This Week’s Bin

We want you to get the most out of your Veggie Bin. Utilize every tasty bite with some of these recipes which feature every item you’ll get this week.

Recipe Note: Some recipes may call for more or less produce than you receive. We feature recipes which can be doubled or halved if necessary. Enjoy!

Please feel free to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

100% Organic Bin

Red leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, russet potatoes, zucchini, grape tomatoes, pears, bananas

Organic Bin Recipes

Fruit Bin

  • Strawberries
  • Red Plums
  • Kiwi
  • Braeburn Apples

Black = Locally Sourced Conventionally Produced
Green = Locally Sourced Organics
Blue = Globally Sourced Organics

Spring Has Sprung!

After a wild and wooly winter that couldn’t make up its mind, it seems we’ve finally made it to spring. Our farmers have had a heck of a time with odd freezes, too little rain, too much rain and unseasonably warm temperatures. This week marks our “in between time” – when we have reached the end of our winter crops and our spring veggies are beginning to be harvested. We’ve managed a nice bin that straddles both seasons this week, but we did need to go outside of our “comfort zone” by getting zucchini from central Florida, about 45 miles further than we normally do. Of course, we are always transparent about our sourcing, so we’re letting you know that your zucchini took a little longer of a ride than usual. While “local” is officially defined as within 400 miles, we will still let you know if we go past 150 miles from Jax. Florida farmers still benefit and you’ll get zucchini for the first time this season. Yum!

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Be Kind to Your Bin!

We remind our customers often to be sure to return Veggie Bin boxes and you’re all doing a great job! The bin we give you is a cardboard box covered in a food grade wax that prolongs its life, allowing us to use a bin several times before it is finally discarded. This helps us keep our costs down and keeps your membership affordable.

We know our customers care about the environment and want to keep their footprint small. In the spirit of that, we’d like to remind you that your bins need a little protection. The best way to be sure your bin is reused is to store it somewhere indoors away from pets and children. Direct sunlight and moisture break down boxes. If we find pet hair, toys, marker or crayon, spills or any other dirt on the bin, we do not reuse it. It is also vitally important that you do not spray anything on your bin. Air fresheners, perfumes, cleaners and sprays will end the life of your bin. Many of our customers are sensitive to fragrance and chemicals. Your comfort, safety and satisfaction will always be our top priority.

Most importantly, please do not push the flaps down inside the box as in this photo.

Such abuse lowers the bin’s self-esteem rendering it incapable of supporting others. If we used a box with “broken” flaps, your produce would be squashed under the weight of the bins stacked on top of it. So please be kind to your bin flaps!

We hope these simple guidelines will increase the number of bins we can reuse again and again. Thank you for your cooperation!

Swiss Chard Unearthed!

Your Swiss chard came to us from The Family Garden, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed was originally designated as “Swiss” to differentiate it from French spinach in 19th century seed catalogs. Like most dark, leafy greens, Swiss Chard is a nutritional powerhouse. With only 35 calories per cooked cup, it delivers massive amounts of Vitamin K (715% RDA), Vitamin A (214%), Vitamin C (52%) and magnesium (27%).

The flavor of raw chard will be more bitter than spinach, but that bitterness will mellow out in cooked applications to the point that it’s actually more delicate than spinach, kale or collards in finished cooked dishes. The leaves cook quickly and behave very much like spinach. In fact, if you have a favorite spinach application, chard will probably substitute nicely.

Chard stalks are a matter of taste. Mature stalks are just too tough and woody for most folks, but if you’d like to take a shot at it, chop or slice them and add them to your dish several minutes before you add the leaves to give them a chance to get tender. We recommend that you consume most greens within a day or two, but if you store it unwashed in a loose plastic bag it could keep up to three days in your fridge.

For more information and a preparation demonstration, please watch this helpful video.

Swiss Chard Recipes

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other Veggie Bin customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your bin. You can also email us at info@theveggiebin.com.

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!

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