Heirloom Tomatoes

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Like your favorite pug-nosed puppy, sometimes the best things come in imperfect packages. This week’s tomatoes from Mater’s and More is all about flavor over beauty. Heirloom tomatoes are not your average plasticky red tomato. Most conventional tomatoes have been bred, and in some corporate cases, engineered, to show up on store shelves looking exactly as the focus group tells TomatoCorp they like them – unreal red, hard as a rock and utterly without flavor.

Friends, don’t confuse this tomato with your average red tomato. Heirloom tomatoes are cultivated to appear and taste as they would have in your grandmother’s garden. The uneven color, craggy surface, funny shapes, and bizarre wholes mean only one thing – serious tomatoes.

We have packed the precious cargo in clamshells to help reduce any damage to their thin skins. We recommend you placing the tomato on your counter when you receive your order and opening the the lid to prevent premature ripening or molding.

The tomatoes are completely ripe, so be sure to eat them soon. And, the less you do to an heirloom, the better you can enjoy it. Our recipes this week reflect that idea. Enjoy!

Heirloom Tomato Recipes

FPP News: Dec. 21, 2016

Holiday Produce Gift Boxes Available Next Week

Share FPP with your loved one this week with our holiday produce box for just $18.50!  We do the work for you; your loved one’s fresh fruits and vegetables will be packed in its own box and delivered to your door.  This is a great opportunity to share with a family in need, knowing they have all the fixings for a beautiful holiday meal!  Containing all Florida-grown produce, this box will include: Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Broccoli or Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes (2lbs), Strawberries, Hamlin Oranges (2) & Grapefruit (2).
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Additional Gift Ideas from Front Porch Pickings

In addition to our produce gift box above, you can gift your loved ones Florida-fresh produce and local artisan goods by giving an FPP gift certificate! This way, they can customize each order, just the way you do. Our gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used for any of our products. In addition, we will waive your recipient’s member fee at registration. That’s a $25 added value to your coupon!

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It’s easy to put together an adorable gift basket for your friends. Find a box or basket, some crinkle paper, and a holiday kitchen towel at a home goods store like Tuesday Morning. Order a few artisan products from FPP and arrange in the basket. Tie the bow around and Voila — you have the perfect foodie gift! Here’s a few ideas for your gift bundles:

  • Coffee, Tea, & Honey
  • Jones Family Jam, Pie Filling, and Vanilla
  • Pie Filling, Pie Plate, Oven Mitts, & Rubber Spatula
  • Grits, Coffee, Honey, Orange Marmelade

Holiday Season Delivery Schedule

We have made changes to our delivery schedule so that our hard-working farmers and super amazing employees can have some much deserved time off to spend with their friends and family. Please see the schedule below. If you have any questions about your delivery, please feel free to contact us.
  • The Week Prior to Christmas
    All orders will be delivered as normal the week of Dec 19-23
  • The Week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
    There will be NO DELIVERIES during the week of Dec 25-Dec 31
  • The First week of January
    All orders will resume on their normal delivery schedule the week of Jan 2-6

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FPP News: Dec 15, 2016

Holiday Season Delivery Schedule

The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones! We have made changes to our delivery schedule so that our hard-working farmers and super amazing employees can have some much deserved time off to spend with their friends and family. Please see the schedule below. If you have any questions about your delivery, please feel free to contact us.
The Week Prior to Christmas
All orders will be delivered as normal the week of Dec 19-23
The Week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
There will be NO DELIVERIES during the week of Dec 25-Dec 31

The First week of January
All orders will resume on their normal delivery schedule the week of Jan 2-6

Giving the Gift of Front Porch Pickings

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This Holiday Season, give your loved ones the gift of Florida-fresh produce and local artisan goods by creating your own FPP gift basket — or giving an FPP gift certificate! Our gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used for any of our products. In addition, we will waive your recipient’s member fee at registration. That’s a $25 added value to your coupon!

It’s easy to put together an adorable gift basket for your friends. Find a box or basket, some crinkle paper, and a holiday kitchen towel at a home goods store like Tuesday Morning. Order a few artisan products from FPP and arrange in the basket. Tie the bow around and Voila — you have the perfect foodie gift! Here’s a few ideas for your gift bundles:

  • Coffee, Tea, & Honey
  • Jones Family Jam, Pie Filling, and Vanilla
  • Pie Filling, Pie Plate, Oven Mitts, & Rubber Spatula
  • Grits, Coffee, Honey, Orange Marmelade

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FPP News: Dec 7th, 2016

The Holiday Season is Upon Us

Skip the lines and let us help you with your holiday gift giving. With the fall season in full bloom, our farm fresh produce and local artisans provide the perfect match for your foodie friends. Here are a few gift ideas to choose from!

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FPP Gift Certificate: The fall season is in full bloom and it’s a perfect time to introduce your friends and family to all we have to offer with a gift certificate. In addition to your gift certificate, FPP will send your recipient a coupon to waive their new member fee. That’s an additional $25 value! No need to be a member to gift!

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Jones Family Jams: A sweet gift anyone would love. Choose from one of their amazing pie fillings and pair with a pie plate for the perfect gift. Or make it Jones Family Sampler by combining a pie filling, vanilla extract, and jam.

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Byrds Nest Soap: A truly small scale, locally made, natural soap to our FPP customers. Byrds Nest Soap, owned by Jacksonville resident Jordan Byrd-Ayers, makes a small variety of all natural soaps – never using synthetic colors, fragrances, or additives.

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Congaree & Penn Rice, Grits, and Shrub: A gourmet foodies dream right here. With Jupiter Brown Rice, Middlins (like Rosotto), Purple Rice Grits, and Shrubs to choose from, your foodie friend will be delighted to be the recipient of this culinary love.

Help support our farms by referring your family, friends, and co-workers

All of us on the FPP Team understand that our customers are our biggest advocates and we want you to know that we greatly appreciate all the love for us and our local farms! For each new member that you refer, you will earn $10.00 in FPP credit good towards any item in our shop. Just ask your referral to use your name when registering.  There are no limits to how many customers — So keep talking!

 

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FPP News: Nov 30th, 2016

Byrds Nest Soap Back in the House!

We are happy to bring a truly small scale, locally made, natural soap to our FPP customers. Byrds Nest Soap, owned by Jacksonville resident Jordan Byrd-Ayers, makes a small variety of all natural soaps – never using synthetic colors, fragrances, or additives. These soaps smell delicious and are only made with natural ingredients, plant oils, essential oils, herbs, and lye. Just the way we like ’em! In addition, all of their soaps are vegan, handmade, hot process and cured.

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Why use natural soaps? According to the FDA, fragrances are responsible for 30 percent of all allergic reactions. In the cosmetic industry, chemicals like acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, and methylene chloride are commonly used in these “trade secret” synthetic fragrances. Inhaling these chemicals can trigger migraines and cause dizziness, nausea and irritation to the mouth, throat, eyes or skin. And this here is why Byrds Nest Soap chooses to create all natural products for their family and friends!

Help support our farms by referring your family, friends, and co-workers

All of us on the FPP Team understand that our customers are our biggest advocates and we want you to know that we greatly appreciate all the love for us and our local farms! For each new member that you refer, you will earn $10.00 in FPP credit good towards any item in our shop. Just ask your referral to use your name when registering.  There are no limits to how many customers — So keep talking!

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Sweet & Savory Egg Casserole

Need a little inspiration in the kitchen this week? How about a sweet and savory egg casserole using local eggs, spinach, sweet potatoes, and Naturally Unique spices! Thank you, Flo of Naturally Unique, for sharing your recipe. The sweet potato in this flavorful meal is sure to surprise family or guests. It is quick and offers easy clean up.

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Sweet & Savory Egg Casserole by Naturally Unique

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated
  • 8 large eggs, lightly whipped
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups tightly packed baby spinach
  • 2 tsp. Naturally Unique Stampede Seasoning, or to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and spray an 8×8 pan with non stick spray.  Line with parchment paper and spray parchment paper with non stick spray.  In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until set in the middle. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

FPP News: Nov. 22, 2016

Thank You for Your Support

We appreciate your patronage and want to say “Thank You” for supporting our small business and for supporting our local farms and artisans. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit our customers express throughout the year and can’t think of a better way to spend our days!

Making Your Holiday a Little Bit Easier

We know that Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks. We also know that the hustle and bustle of the holiday can be overwhelming when preparing the big feast and entertaining out of town guests. Make your morning simple by laying out a bagel & muffin platter with cream cheese, jam and fruit. A hearty meal can now be self-serve!

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Making dessert is easy too with Apple and Pecan Pie Fillings from Jones Family Jams and a Crisp recipe provided by our friend Chef Mark Moran of CSX-Sodexo.

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Mix ingredients together with hands.  Break up butter until pea size and evenly distributed. Top pie filling and cook at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Bon Appetite!

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Last but not least, don’t forget the leftovers. Be sure to add Village Bread pitas or ciabatta hoagies for your leftover turkey sandwiches!
Wishing you a happy & delicious Thanksgiving!
The FPP Team

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