Newsletter: October 22, 2014

Loving the Cooler Weather

The cooler weather is perfect for the fall produce. As you know, we were in between seasons and it was bit sparse in the fields for the last weeks. We are excited to see green beans and black eyed peas this week! Broccoli, root veggies, leafy greens and lettuce is right around the corner. My favorite, however, is the Zellwood Sweet Corn grown by Long & Scott Farms in Mount Dora, FL. At Long & Scott Farms, they run their business according to the idea “The farmer is the original environmentalist.” They produce quality produce by growing hybrid seed varieties for higher yields (No GMO’s!), practice integrated pest management, intense scouting of crops, and utilize beneficial insects to reduce pest damange. The best part — biting into the sweet corn!

It’s a Spooky Good Time of the Year!

Here at FPP we are getting into the Halloween spirit with a new seasonal Ghost Roast Coffee to keep us warm and fun activities at the farm!

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Sweetwater Organic Coffee: A spooky blend of Sweetwater’s American and African beans that will have you screaming for more! Sweetwater Organic Coffee is located in sunny Gainesville, Florida and totally committed to Fair Trade, Organic coffee and sustainability. They roast their coffee daily in micro-batches to ensure freshness within each cup.

Sykes & Cooper Corn Maize: Combine a 9-acre corn maze full of “cornfusing” twists and turns, “live” entertainment including, Jack, the loudest hee- hawing donkey around and some more good ole  family fun… And what do you have? “Agritainment”! You don’t want to miss it this year! With a ton of new and exciting things to do, including  a “Jack and The Cornstalk” kiddie maze, new furry friends, corn cannons, duck races and MORE, you are sure to have an a-MAZE-ing time at Sykes and Cooper Farms! For more information visit www.sycofarms.com

Long & Scott’s Corn Maize: It all started with just a 7 acre corn field… Now it has become a tradition with many of our guests. It’s a maze, it’s a game, it’s educational, and it’s FUN! Year after year each corn maze has a unique design, with twisting pathways, questions and answers, and picture rubbings.
Get Lost with us.​Come get LOST! Bring friends and family to see who can navigate the maze the quickest! For more information visit www.scottszellwoodsweetcorn.com

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

Local Bin (Mini): (Green Beans, Yellow Squash, Black eyed peas, Sweet Corn (Non-GMO!), Collards), Key Limes, Organic Cucumber, Ruby Red Grapefruit

Organic Bin, (Mini): (Eggplant, Broccoli Crowns, Red Cabbage, Cucumbers, Tomato, Pomegranate), Sweet Potato, Liberty Apples

Grab & Go: Green Grapes, Kiwi, Cucumbers, Celery, Rainbow Carrots, Pomegranate, Tomato, Liberty Apples

Small Fruit: Green Grapes, Pomegranate, Liberty Apples, Bananas

Large Fruit:  Green Grapes, Pomegranate, Liberty Apples, Bananas, Kiwi, Pineapple, Ruby Red Grapefruit

Recipes Ideas -

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! Log in your account at fpp.deliverybizpro.com and 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

Newsletter: October 15, 2014

It’s a Spooky Good Time of the Year!

Here at FPP we are getting into the Halloween spirit with a new seasonal Ghost Roast Coffee, pumpkins in our boxes, and activities at the farm!

carvedpumpkin

Sweetwater Organic Coffee: A spooky blend of Sweetwater’s American and African beans that will have you screaming for more! Sweetwater Organic Coffee is located in sunny Gainesville, Florida and totally committed to Fair Trade, Organic coffee and sustainability. They roast their coffee daily in micro-batches to ensure freshness within each cup.

Conner’s A-maize-ing Acres: Bone chilling, spine-tingling, heart pounding all out fright nights at Connor’s A-maiz-ing Acres! Have you ever walked through a dark cornfield in the dead of night and heard the howling of the hungry coyotes, the snorting of wild boar hogs, and the perilous screeching of a panther? Then what are you waiting for? Check out all their spooky October farm events at www.conners-a-maize-ing-acres.com

Sykes & Cooper Corn Maize: Combine a 9-acre corn maze full of “cornfusing” twists and turns, “live” entertainment including, Jack, the loudest hee- hawing donkey around and some more good ole  family fun… And what do you have? “Agritainment”! You don’t want to miss it this year! With a ton of new and exciting things to do, including  a “Jack and The Cornstalk” kiddie maze, new furry friends, corn cannons, duck races and MORE, you are sure to have an a-MAZE-ing time at Sykes and Cooper Farms! For more information visit www.sycofarms.com

Long & Scott’s Corn Maize: It all started with just a 7 acre corn field… Now it has become a tradition with many of our guests. It’s a maze, it’s a game, it’s educational, and it’s FUN! Year after year each corn maze has a unique design, with twisting pathways, questions and answers, and picture rubbings.
Get Lost with us.​Come get LOST! Bring friends and family to see who can navigate the maze the quickest! For more information visit www.scottszellwoodsweetcorn.com

FPP Unearthed: Pumpkin

Pumpkins

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving! These little pumpkins in our boxes are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact, it’s one of nature’s richest sources for of alpha-carotene, a carotenoid that converts to retinol, a form of vitamin A.  The vibrant orange flesh and seeds of are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for a healthy immune system. So roll up your sleeves, your about to get a little dirty scooping out the flesh.

Corn Grits are Back!

The corn grits, grown and milled by Teagan farms are back on our shelves! If you haven’t tried these grits, you don’t know what you’re missing. We’ve been waiting all season to get our hands on them. What makes these grits so special? It’s made from an heirloom flint corn dating back in the Bradley family nearly 100 years, its pesticide free, and it is freshly ground. Flint corn is known for a grittier, more granular texture. In Italy, it has been the choice polenta corn since the 16th century! Polenta is simple to make, low in fat/calories and nutritious!  Log into your FPP account to order your grits for your next delivery!  $7.00/1 lb bag.

 

IMPORTANT: New Website Updates

ShoppingCartWe are getting closer to the final destination when it comes to our online ordering system. It is now quicker and easier to customize your order! Can I tell you how excited we are? When you log into your FPP account you will land in our shop, viewing this week’s cart. First, the customize now button has been removed, allowing you to view all the items in the shopping cart without popping up other windows. You can simply change the quantity by placing your desired amount in the text box next to the item name or delete any item by simply hitting the small x icon to the right. SUPER SIMPLE. Adding items has become more seamless too for fruits and vegetables — just hit the add button and it automatically appears in the cart without a pop up window. Items that we offer both  on a recurring and one time basis, like coffee, bread or honey, still has a pop up window with options.

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

Local Bin (Mini): Pumpkin, Kale, Zellwood Sweet Corn (Non-GMO!), NC Honey Crisp Apples, Cucumber), Cubanelle Peppers, Radish, Italian Eggplant

Organic Bin, (Mini): (Spring Mix, Grape Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Abrosia Apples), Yellow Squash, Haas Avocado, Red Grapes

Grab & Go: Red Grapes, Banana, Ambrosia Apples, Grape Tomatoes, Pickling Cukes, Fresh Cut Medley, Haas Avocado, Concord Pears, Cauliflower

Small Fruit: Pineapple, Ambrosia Apples, Pomegranates, Concord Pear

Large Fruit:  Pineapple, Ambrosia Apples, Pomegranates, Red Grapes, Banana, North Carolina Honey Crisp Apples, Plums

Recipes Ideas -

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! Log in your account at fpp.deliverybizpro.com and 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

Newsletter: October 8, 2014

Rain, Rain Go Away – Let the Cool Weather Come into Play

Ahhhh, we are finally feeling a bit of fall weather here and there! But the last couple of weeks have been rough on our local farms as they have been hit with rainstorms day after day. What does that mean for our farms? It’s a little bit awkward in the fields right now with the summer items starting to diminish and fall produce still not quite ready to harvest. Though the slim pickings won’t be here long! Our local farmers will be ready to harvest an abundance of fall crops in the next couple of weeks. Hang tight while we are in between seasons and continue to pull in some of our regional produce.

IMPORTANT: New Website Updates

ShoppingCartWe are getting closer to the final destination when it comes to our online ordering system. It is now quicker and easier to customize your order! Can I tell you how excited we are? When you log into your FPP account you will land in our shop, viewing this week’s cart. First, the customize now button has been removed, allowing you to view all the items in the shopping cart without popping up other windows. You can simply change the quantity by placing your desired amount in the text box next to the item name or delete any item by simply hitting the small x icon to the right. SUPER SIMPLE. Adding items has become more seamless too for fruits and vegetables — just hit the add button and it automatically appears in the cart without a pop up window. Items that we offer both  on a recurring and one time basis, like coffee, bread or honey, still has a pop up window with options.

FPP Unearthed: SAIJO ASTRINGENT PERSIMMON

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADon’t judge a book by its cover! Originally from Japan, Saijo fruits are like small orange balls of honey. They may not look fancy but their name literally means “the very best one” in Japanese. The fruit is much softer than the Fuji Persimmons that we had in our baskets last week and are great for cooking. When completely ripe they will be darker orange in color and be soft to the touch. This particular variety is grown by Spring Song’s orchard in High Springs, FL. Spring Song is a woman owned and run organic farm!

Not sure what to do with persimmons? Don’t be scared of them! Again, this variety is well known for baking. Here are some cooking and baking ideas to get you started in the kitchen:

Corn Grits are Back!

The corn grits, grown and milled by Teagan farms are back on our shelves! If you haven’t tried these grits, you don’t know what you’re missing. We’ve been waiting all season to get our hands on them. What makes these grits so special? It’s made from an heirloom flint corn dating back in the Bradley family nearly 100 years, its pesticide free, and it is freshly ground. Flint corn is known for a grittier, more granular texture. In Italy, it has been the choice polenta corn since the 16th century! Polenta is simple to make, low in fat/calories and nutritious!  Log into your FPP account to order your grits for your next delivery!  $7.00/1 lb bag.

 

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

Local Bin (Mini):  (Mini Eggplant, Grape Tomatoes, Pickling Cucumbers, Baby Eggplant, Zucchini ) Green Okra, Sweet Potatoes, Amber Oranges  *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin, Mini (Lacinato Kale, Carrots w Tops, Broccoli, Russet Potatoes, Pomegranate), Macintoch Apples, Yellow Onion

Grab & Go: Carrots w Tops, Pomegranates, Macintosh Apples, Celery, Red Grapes, Cucumbers, Bananas, Italian Salad Mix (prepackaged)

Small Fruit: Pomegranates, Macintosh Apples, Starcrimson Pears

Large Fruit:  Pomegranates, Macintosh Apples, Starcrimson Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Red Grapes, Bananas

Recipes Ideas -

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! Log in your account at fpp.deliverybizpro.com and 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

Newsletter: October 1, 2014

The Tart Tangy Key Lime!

This week, we have a special treat in several of our boxes! FPP Owner Jan Pittard and his twin brother,Tracy, are traveling to Emporia Citrus in Pierson, FL to pick key limes! Key limes are native to Southeast Asia and was first introduced to America by Spanish explorers traveling to the Florida Keys. Later the key limes spread to subtropical areas of Mexico, Florida and California. These tasty little treats are known for the tart and bitter taste that differs from other limes. They are small in size, have a tough thin rind, and yellow when completely ripe. So don’t be surprised to find a mix of yellow and green limes in your box this week.

keylime

So what can you do with key lime besides Key Lime Pie? Here are a few ideas to get you started in the kitchen (includes key lime pie):

Be sure to add more key limes (4 for $1.00) from the store depending on your recipe requirements.

Expanding our delivery areas!

Thanks to our friend, Kristy of Jones Family Jams, we are able to expand deliveries in the Oak Leaf area. In addition, we’ve teamed up with local business Community Couriers of Jacksonville to expand our deliveries to Beauclerc / North Mardarin area. Refer a friend and receive $10 credit on your FPP account.

Jacksonville

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

Local Bin (Mini):   (Mini Cucs, Whiteacre Peas, Florida Avocado, Key Lime, Slicing Tomatoes, NC Honey Crisp Apples) Yellow Squash, Persimmons, Red/Green Bell Pepper *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin, Mini: Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Pomegranate, Red Peppers, Star Crimson Pears, Corn

Organic Bin: Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Pomegranate, Red Peppers, Star Crimson Pears, Corn, Green Kale, Kiwiberries

Grab & Go: Pomegranite, Star Crimson Pears, Grape Tomatoes, Green Grapes, Baby Carrots, Mini Cucs, NC Honey Crisp Apples, Romaine Hearts

Small Fruit: Red Plums, Green Grapes, Kiwiberries, Star Crimson Pears

Large Fruit:  Red Plums, Green Grapes, Kiwiberries, Star Crimson Pears, Bananas, Pomegranates, NC Honey Crisp Apples

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

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! Log in your account at fpp.deliverybizpro.com and 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!

Newsletter: Sept 24, 2014

Corn Grits are Coming Soon!

The corn grits, grown and milled by Teagan farms, will be back in stock this October! If you haven’t tried these grits, you don’t know what you’re missing. We’ve been waiting all season to get our hands on them. What makes these grits so special? It’s made from an heirloom flint corn dating back in the Bradley family nearly 100 years, its pesticide free, and will be ground this week. Flint corn is known for a grittier, more granular texture. In Italy, it has been the choice polenta corn since the 16th century! Polenta is simple to make, low in fat/calories and nutritious!  Log into your FPP account to pre-order your grits for your October delivery!  $7.00/1 lb bag.

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 our delivery areas!

Thanks to our friend, Kristy of Jones Family Jams, we are able to expand deliveries in the Oak Leaf area. In addition, we’ve teamed up with local business Community Couriers of Jacksonville to expand our deliveries to Beauclerc / North Mardarin area. Refer a friend and receive $10 credit on your FPP account.

Jacksonville

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

Local Bin (Mini):   (Mini Cukes, Collard Greens, White Acre Peas, Slicing Tomatoes, NC Gala Apples)  Delicata Squash, Golden Zucchini, Green Bell Peppers (Organic) *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin, Mini: Grape Tomatoes (Organic), Gold Delicious Apples (Organic), Baby Arugula (Organic), Yellow Squash (Organic), Yukon Gold (Organic)

Organic Bin: Grape Tomatoes (Organic), Gold Delicious Apples (Organic), Baby Arugula (Organic), Yellow Squash (Organic), Yukon Gold (Organic), Pomegranate (Organic), Green Bell Peppers (Organic), Kiwiberries (Organic)

Grab & Go: Grape tomatoes (Organic), Red Grapes (Organic), Mini Cukes, Bananas (Organic), Broccoli Florets (Organic), Romaine Hearts (Organic – Bagged),  Pomegranates (Organic), NC Gala Apples

Small Fruit: Red Grapes (Organic), NC Gala Apples,  Kiwiberries (Organic), Pluots (Organic)

Large Fruit: Red Grapes (Organic), NC Gala Apples,  Kiwiberries (Organic), Pluots (Organic), Bananas (Organic), Pomegranates (Organic), Gold Delicious Apples (Organic), Red Bartlett Pears (Organic)

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!

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.