News From The Veggie Bin: November 10, 2011

Happy November, Veggie Binners! We’re fortunate in our area to still have beautiful weather and the rare ability to go outside in open-toed shoes. Yet, we’re able to enjoy the bounty of the fall season with veggies born right here in the area. This week, we’re bringing you a whole slew of goodness ready for your fall table. Nothing beats a fried green tomato! These little green tomatoes will make the perfect bite sized appetizer!

Keep your red lettuce salad simple by dressing it with an easy hot vinegar and bacon dressing. If you’re feeling really fancy, try Ina Garten’s Balsamic Onion recipe here.

Back Row: Satsuma, Red Leaf Lettuce, Red Radish, Sweet Potato
Front Row: Collard Greens, Yellow Squash, Green Tomatoes, Basil, Roma Beans
Organic: Organic from above plus: Pears, Purple Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Squash, Green Beans

Want to see a video of the produce and learn where your produce is being harvested? Check out our YouTube page!

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is the Sweet Potato

While many may believe that you can’t beat a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving table, the white potato is actually a spring crop in Northern Florida. If you’re aiming to eat seasonally (and we know you are) then there’s no better choice for getting your starch on in November than the sweet potato. If you’re interested in being the smarty pants at the table that knows the difference between a sweet potato and a yam, then watch this video. (http://video.about.com/homecooking/What-Is-the-Difference-Between-Yams-and-Sweet-Potatoes-.htm) Basically, unless you got your tuber at an international grocery and it’s bigger than a breadbox, you’re looking at sweet potatoes.

Once you get your sweet potatoes home, do NOT refrigerate them. Though Americans love the chill chest for just about everything, tubers of all kinds are best stored in a brown paper sack that allows for air flow to keep moisture at bay and block out light. Also, be sure to use a stainless steel knife to cut your sweet potatoes. That snazzy carbon knife you got last year for Christmas may be awesome, but it will turn your tasty tuber bits dark due to a chemical reaction. I also don’t recommend a ceramic knife for thick, tough veggies because it can twist the blade causing chipping or even breakage.

New Pickup Location at Sippers Coffeehouse!
The Veggie Bin is pleased to announce that our new Southside pickup location will be Sippers Coffeehouse located at 7643 Gate Parkway #101, just off 9A and Gate. The first delivery will be November 17th. Locally owned and operated, Sippers embodies what we love about Jacksonville. Come for your bin, stay for the coffee!

If you’re not getting the goods from The Veggie Bin yet, visit our website to discover how you can have local produce, fresh baked goods, coffee and more delivered to your home each week for an insanely reasonable price.
Happy Cooking!
~Amie

 

 

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