FPP News: Feb 10, 2016

Eating Locally Grown, Sustainable Grass Fed Meat

We are very pleased to be able to offer our customers White Oaks Pastures grass fed beef. White Oak Pastures is dedicated to raising grass-fed beef in a manner that is humane for the cattle, environmentally sustainable for the land, and delicious for our customers. With over 150 years and 3 generations of farming, this family run business has taken it to the next level by being one of only two farms in the US with an onsite USDA-inspected meat abattoir (processing facility).

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Photo courtesy of White Oaks Pastures

In addition to White Oaks’ farming practicing we love that this meat is completely grass fed — which according to a 2009 study by Clemson University and the USDA grass fed beef is better for human health than grain fed beef! Here are 10 reasons why:

  • Lower in Total Fat
  • Higher in Beta-Carotene
  • Higher in Vitamin E
  • Higher in Vitamin B1 and B2
  • Higher in Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
  • Higher in Total Omega 3s
  • Better Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio
  • High in Conjugated linoleic Acid
  • Higher In Vaccenic Acid
  • Lower in the Saturated Fat Linked to Heart Disease

You may need to re-learn how to cook meat when it comes to grass fed beef. Because this beef has higher levels of protein and a lower fat content you can easily overcook the meat. White Oaks Pastures recommends lowering the over temperature by about 50°F when using your recipes and cooking for a shorter time. For recipes specific to White Oaks’ grass fed meat, please take a look on their website.

For the best results we have included the information from White Oaks Website below:

Before Cooking:

  • Thaw completely. Allow your grass fed beef to thaw gently and completely in the lower portion of the refrigerator. Do not thaw using a microwave.
  • Bring all White Oak Pastures grass fed beef to room temperature prior to cooking or grilling.
  • Always pre-heat your oven, pan or grill before cooking our grass-fed beef.

Cooking Information:.

  • White Oak Pastures grassfed beef is best when not overcooked. Our steaks are most best when eaten rare to medium-rare. Prevent overcooking by using an instant-read thermometer. Measure the temperature of the meat from the side. Meat continues to cook even after it has been removed from the heat, therefore, remove the beef 5°F before it reaches the desired temperature. We recommend these finished temperatures for our grass-fed steak: 125° F – Rare; 130° F – Medium Rare; 135° F – Medium. Ground Beef should reach 165° F.
  • Keep it tender and juicy. Enhance the flavor of our grass fed beef by lightly coating it with extra virgin olive oil then season with sea salt and pepper before grilling over a hot fire or searing in a pre-heated pan. Because our grass fed meats are naturally delicious and flavorful, there is no need to marinate beforehand. However, be creative and experiment to find your favorite flavor combinations.
  • Cook it “low and slow.” As with all meat, preparing our grass fed beef well done may cause it to be tough. To ensure the tastiest result, cook over lower heat for longer time in sauces that add moisture to the dish.
  • Let it rest. Resting cooked meat for 8-10 minutes allows the precious juices to be redistributed within the resting meat. The result is tender and delicious grass fed beef. Remove from heat, cover loosely and let relax before cutting.

For more information on grilling, roasting, and braising and recipes, please see the farm’s website!

Vegetarian Italian Night by Yogitrition’s Founder Kim White!

When people show up to eat Italian fare, they’re expecting saucy, creamy, dreamy yumminess. I mean, why bother eating it if it doesn’t taste good, right? This class focuses on recreating some of the most favored Italian dishes using plant-based substitutes to achieve the flavor and consistency that makes Italian food so delicious. All of this, without meat, dairy, or soy!

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Class is in Daytona Feb 20, 2016. For more information visit www.yogitrition.com

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FPP Newsletter: Feb 03, 2016

Have you tried Olive My Pickle yet???

Olive My Pickle pickles aren’t just freakishly delicious pickles, but they are good for your health. These lactofermented pickles have the probiotics shown to nutritionally support the body’s immune functions by introducing beneficial bacteria into your digestive system. Don’t be fooled, not all pickle are the same! Many of the modern-day pickles are made using vinegar or heat processing, which will remove the the beneficial bacteria. So eat up! You can find a few flavors of their pickles under the “Condiments” tab.

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Olive My Pickle is family-run by founders Shai and Charlotte Tzabari and their two boys Noam and Avner.  Growing up, Shai spent spent hours in the kitchen of his grandparents– eastern European immigrants to Israel– who passed their old-world food traditions to Shai over the course of many meals throughout his childhood. You’ll taste the tradition in these jars!

Free Membership Coupon extended through Jan 31st!

The best compliment we can get is when our customers share us with their friends. We are extending the coupon code 2016HealthyStart through the end of January (01/31/16)! Share us with your friends and we will waive their membership fee using this coupon. That’s a $25 value for friends and as always, you will earn $10 in FPP credit for each referral!  What’s not to love?

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FPP News: Jan. 26, 2016

Introducing Veggie Confetti Farm

Veggie Confetti Farm is a small, family run, low impact urban microgreen farm. They primarily work with chefs to produce greens in conjunction with their culinary concepts and ideas. But now they are available to our FPP Members to create culinary concepts of their own!

The farm itself is completely self-contained and climate controlled which not only allows for year round growing but is key to produce a premium quality microgreen. Veggie Confetti is proud to have this self-sustainable environment that only uses nature nutrients and never uses pesticides or herbicides on their crops. In addition, their vertical hydroponic technique uses 80-90% less water than conventional farming! How cool is that?

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Photo courtesy of Veggie Confetti Farm

So what is a microgreen you ask? Microgreens are the tender little seedlings of vegetables and herbs. Usually harvested when its about 1-3 inches tall, these little guys pack a big punch of flavor.Flavors vary from mild and sweet to peppery and bitter depending on the type of green. Now, this is not going to replace your salad but add as a topping to wraps, sandwiches, salads or even pizza!

Free Membership Coupon extended through Jan 31st!

The best compliment we can get is when our customers share us with their friends. We are extending the coupon code 2016HealthyStart through the end of January (01/31/16)! Share us with your friends and we will waive their membership fee using this coupon. That’s a $25 value for friends and as always, you will earn $10 in FPP credit for each referral!  What’s not to love?

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FPP News: Jan 20, 2016

Vegetarian Sushi 101 Cooking Class at Your Home

We are excited to announce Private Veggie Sushi 101 Classes at your home with Kim White, Yogi, local foodie, and founder of Yogitrition. This class is all about introducing you to the fundamentals of making different types of sushi rolls, from the most basic — to the fancy kind you’d enjoy in a restaurant. Not only is sushi a great way to gather your friends around a dinner table, but making sushi at home offers a healthier alternatives to the rolls commonly made at restaurants. Texture and flavor are key to creating delicious sushi, especially vegetarian sushi. You can bet you’ll be learning new and ingenious ways to spice up your rolls!

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Kim provides private one on one training or class training up to 6 people. Gather your friends around your kitchen island and get rollin’! The class involves hands-on learning, a bunch of eating, and of course recipes for you to recreate at home.

  • All organic
  • Locally grown produce provided by FPP
  • Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Meat-free

In addition to Sushi, Kim offers an array of plant based cooking classes. Visit http://www.yogitrition.com/private-cooking-lessons or contact Kim White at 386-299-3443

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FPP News: Jan 13, 2016

Share us with your friends!

The best compliment we can get is when our customers share us with their friends. Right now, share us with your friends and we will waive their membership fee using coupon code 2016HealthyStart (offer expires 01/17/16) That’s a $25 value for friends and as always, you will earn $10 in FPP credit for each referral!  What’s not to love?

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Don’t forget we have added LOCAL MEAT to our offerings!
We are working with Lake Meadows Naturals of Ocooee, FL and White Oaks Pastures of Bluffton, GA to provide our you all natural, hormone free, pasture raised meats. For safety, all meat arrives to us frozen and is shipped to your door the same way. We will transport the meat in freezer bags with ice packs and will place in a cooler if you are not home. Please be sure to return the silver freezer packs on your next delivery date.

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FPP News: Jan 2, 2016

Happy New Year!

Thank you all for supporting FPP in a successful 2015 and our mission to connect local farms and food artisans to our community. Our top priority is to provide our members the freshest produce while providing our farmers a fair price for their very hard work. And, we are doing just that thanks to YOU

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In addition, we want to thank you for taking the time to participate in the surveys we recently sent out. Your responses are invaluable to us and help guide the direction of our business. As we step into the new year, we’ve made plans based on your responses and wanted to share the results with you.

So…What do our customers love about FPP?
You love how fresh our produce is when it arrives at your door! And, just like us, our customers believe that buying locally is very important. That made our hearts sing!

What you wanted from FPP? Local Meat.
And that is just what we added for 2016! We are working with Lake Meadows Naturals of Ocooee, FL and White Oaks Pastures of Bluffton, GA to provide our customers all natural, hormone free, pasture raised meats. For safety, all meat arrives to us frozen and is shipped to your door the same way. We will transport the meat in freezer bags with ice packs and will place in a cooler if you are not home. Please be sure to return the silver freezer packs on your next delivery date.

Thank you again for an amazing 2015. We have grown leaps and bounds to provide more options and flexibility for our customers. We look forward to accomplishing great things with you this year!

Amie, Jan, Nicole & The FPP Team

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FPP News: Dec 23, 2015

Happy Holidays!

My Oh My- we’ll have boxes filled with plenty of red and green local veggie delights just in time for the holidays!  Whether you are hosting Christmas Dinner at your house or need a dish to bring to a party don’t miss the festive inspiration in this weeks boxes!
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 of Christmas

All orders and cancellations for this week must be placed by Monday at 7AM.
All deliveries will be made one day early. Wednesday deliveries will be made on Tuesday and Thursday deliveries will be made on Wednesday.

The Week of New Year’s Day
There will be NO DELIVERIES during the week of Dec 28-Jan 1

The Week of Jan 3-9, 2016
All orders will resume on their normal delivery schedule

Wishing you a happy & healthy holiday season,
The FPP Team

It’s not too late to give the gift of farm-fresh produce!

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This Holiday Season, give your loved ones the gift of Florida-fresh produce and local artisan goods delivered right to their door! Our gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used for any of our products. And because they can be emailed, they are perfect for last minute gifts!   In addition, we will waive your recipient’s member fee at registration. That’s a $25 added value to your gift!

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