FPP News: September 28th, 2016

5 Reasons Why LOCAL Food Rocks!

We may be preaching to the choir with this newsletter, but we thought we should put down in writing why supporting local food is so awesome. With the 2016 fall season coming into full bloom, now is the time to share with your friends and neighbors. Don’t forget, with every customer you refer, you’ll receive a $10 credit good towards anything in our online store!

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1. Tastes better
Grown for taste and not for withstanding days of transportation — local produce bursts with flavor!

2. Is better for you
Nutritional value breaks down over time and with a shorter farm to table time frame than grocery stores, the nutritional value is higher. In fact, our produce is generally harvested within 24-48 hours of delivery!

3. Preserves genetic diversity and saves our soil
Local farms grow a wide variety of produce to provide a long harvest, greater variety and to help conserve our land. Planting an array of different items helps give nutrients back in the soil and keeps pests at a minimum.

4. Allows you to try new foods
Because local farmers are planting items that grow specific to our environment, your dinner plate will see items that you don’t often see at the grocery store. For example, we’ve recently had Malabar Spinach, Southern Peas, Persimmons, Florida Sand Pears, Fairytale Eggplant, & Roselle Pods. Pretty cool stuff!

5. Supports local farmers & their families
Last but not least, supporting local food puts money directly in the hands of our local farmers, sustaining our local land and our economy.

Thanks supporting local!

Amie & The FPP Team

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FPP News: Sept 21, 2016

Yaupon Asi Tea — The Original Tea of Florida!

Yaupon Asi Tea is grown, harvested, and packaged right in our back yard and delivered to your door! Originally known as “Asi” to the Timucua Indians of North and Central Florida, this tea was used in the most revered ceremonies, limited to high-status tribal elders and guests. Today, we are most gracious for the New Smyrna residents (and brothers) Bryon and Kyle who have brought Yaupon Asi Tea to all of us, no matter our status! Packed with antioxidants, this tasty hot beverage is known for its anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties

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What’s not to love? Its completely LOCAL, NATIVE, and SUSTAINABLE! It’s grown, harvested, and packed just south of Daytona in Edgewater, FL.  You will find their tea in our online store! 16 bag canister, $15.00

Maple Tap Coffee in stock!

In addition to tea, we have Maple Tap coffee back in stock — roasted to perfection by Jacksonville roasters, JOB Coffee! JOB Coffee roasst for popular restaurants like Maple Street Biscuit Company, Urban Grind, and other locally owned coffee houses throughout Northeast Florida. 1lb bag, $15.00

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Sweet Sipping!

Amie & The FPP Team

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FPP News: Sept 15, 2016

Last week of peaches!

If you have been putting off canning some peaches, you best order this week. Peach season has come to an end. Though these peaches vary in size and might not look as pretty as the ones we had in the beginning of the season, they still taste amazing. We have been very pleased with this new (to us) farm!

Not interested in canning. No problem. Set a few on the counter for a couple days and they ripen up nicely for a perfect treat.

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More Seasonal Jam in this Week!

Kristy is getting crafty in the kitchen! She’s used some of our left over muscadine grapes to make jelly and some plums to make jam. In addition, she sent us another case of our favorite — apple butter! Apple pie and Pecan Pie fillings should roll in next month.

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Happy Cooking,

Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: Sept 1, 2016

Peach Pie Anyone?

As the peaches are on their way out of season, Kristy (of Jones Family Jam) is quickly canning them before they are gone. The quart sized jar are filled to the brim with freshly sliced peaches and perfect for simple peach pies, cobblers, or ice cream topping! If you loved her pecan and apple pie fillings last year you won’t be disappointed. Get one while they last!

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Olive Groves in Florida – How cool is that? (If you didnt catch last week’s news)

I had the pleasure to meet with Stephan Carter, Co-Owner of Florida Olive Farms & Mills last week. Stephen and his brother Jonathan of Neptune Beach have been in business together, making software, since 1999 but decided to get their handy dirty growing and pressing olives. In 2012 they purchased a 40 acre plot of land in Live Oak and planted 33 acres. In addition, they installed an Italian imported mill so that they could craft their own oils.

In 2015, the Carter brothers harvested their first crop and joined them Georgia and California olives to make their first pressing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. As the trees mature over the next few years, the yield will increase dramatically. Their plan is have an olive oil made entirely from their own farm by 2018. We are excited to be supporting this growing venture!

This fresh Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is not what you find on the grocery store shelf.  One smell of the fresh aroma and robust taste and you’ll understand the difference.  Only a handful of bottles in stock, so be sure to add your order early!

Happy Cooking,

Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: August 24, 2016

Olive Groves in Florida – How cool is that?

I had the pleasure to meet with Stephan Carter, Co-Owner of Florida Olive Farms & Mills. Stephen and his brother Jonathan of Neptune Beach have been in business together, making software, since 1999 but decided to get their handy dirty growing and pressing olives. In 2012 they purchased a 40 acre plot of land in Live Oak and planted 33 acres. In addition, they installed an Italian imported mill so that they could craft their own oils.

Olive groves were actually a bit more common in Georgia and Florida, especially in the 1800’s. In fact ,there is documentation of producing groves from the 1700’s near Daytona Beach.   Florida’s sandy soil combined with the strong sun make the region a great place to grow olives. Today, the olive is making a comeback into our local agriculture scene — with nearly 300 acres of trees growing throughout the state.

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In 2015, the Carter brothers harvested their first crop and joined them Georgia and California olives to make their first pressing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. As the trees mature over the next few years, the yield will increase dramatically. Their plan is have an olive oil made entirely from their own farm by 2018. We are excited to be supporting this growing venture!

This fresh Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is not what you find on the grocery store shelf.  One smell of the fresh aroma and robust taste and you’ll understand the difference.  Only 12 bottles in stock, so be sure to add your order early!

Happy Cooking,

Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: August 18, 2016

Welcome Back!

Ahhh, we are well refreshed after dipping our toes in the gulf in between the huge thunder storms that went roaring through. In addition to a little R&R, we were able to catch up with new farmers and artisans to expand our local offering. We are very excited to start working with Congaree & Penn, offering their Jacksonville grown and milled rice and their new bottled drinks called Shrub. 

As you know, we currently work with Regional Seasonal to provide pork for our FPP customers — but we have now added a sampling of new beef from this fabulous cooperative of small farms producing high quality, sustaible meat right here in Northern Florida. The beef we have in our store, Ground Beef, NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet Mignon, all were grown on Greenway Farms in Alachua, FL. Here the cattle roam freely in the pastures —  completely unconfined, eating non-gmo grasses, and are never treated with antibiotics or steroids. We feel privileged to be working with these incredibly thoughtful and sustainable farmers.

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In addition, we have re-stocked our shelves with Fresh Jax nuts and seeds, Jones Family jams, Waldoch honey, Wainright cheese, Sweetwater Organic coffee and more.

Happy Cooking,

Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: July 28, 2016

REMINDER — FPP Vacation Starts NEXT WEEK!

As you know, our local season hits an all time low in August and this is when our FPP team and our farmers take a quick break to recoup, renew, and refresh!  Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. Please hold on to our boxes and store in a safe place while we are away. We will collect on your next delivery date!

 

Happy Cooking,
Amie & the FPP Team!
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New Products from Our Local Artisans

Naturally Unique‘s Tandoori, Wicked, Steak, and Chicken seasonings have been such a hit we have added two more to the list — Herb de Provence and Italian Spices! You can try them out in our small packets or purchase in a larger spice bottle.

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  • Herb de Provence-this seasoning blend offers a fabulous floral experience. With lavender taking center stage, this can be used to season any vegetable or vegetable dish.  It also makes a great seasoning for vegetarian pizza in lieu of Italian seasoning. No salt added.
  • Italian-not just to season Italian dishes, this blend can also be used as a dipping blend with olive oil or to use as a seasoning with sauteed vegetables and garlic.  No salt added.

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Jones Family Jams: What happens when we get fruit that isn’t up to FPP standards? We send it off to Jones Family Jams and they turn it into something delicious. Kristy has been stirring up some plum jam — made with organic ingredients, and peach mango jam.

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REMINDER — FPP Vacation Coming Soon!

As you know, our local season hits an all time low in August and this is when our FPP team and our farmers take a quick break to recoup, renew, and refresh!  Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. 

Happy Cooking,
Amie & the FPP Team!
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