News from the Veggie Bin: November 18, 2011

Kick your holiday season off right with organic, gluten-free, vegan cheesecakes! We all know that dessert can often be the most difficult part of a special meal to adapt to those with food sensitivities and preferences. Problem solved!Contemporary Catering of Jacksonville is offering Caramel Apple, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Chocolate Turtle cheesecakes for delivery next week, just in time for Thanksgiving. Whole cakes feed 12-16 people and are $65.00.

Best of all, 20% of your purchase price will be donated to the City Rescue Mission. So, imagine the ease of a beautiful, responsible, thoughtful dessert delivered to your door which will help those less fortunate have a brighter holiday. Order via email at by 5 p.m. Your cake will be delivered with your regular bin next Wednesday.


Please note that our drop-off day will be WEDNESDAY, November 23rd next week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular Thursday service will resume December 1st. Also, please remember that you can re-use your Veggie Bin boxes. Just leave your empty boxes at your door or hand them off to our delivery folks to make yet another contribution to keeping your footprint small. Thank you!

Back Row: Broccoli, Pink Japanese Eggplant, Navel Oranges, White Sweet Potatoes, String Beans
Front Row: Zucchini, Jalapeno Peppers, Persimmons, Bok Choy
Organic: Organic from above plus: Empire Apples, Banannas

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 Hoover Farms’ Broccoli

Americans eat an average of four pounds of broccoli per year – 900% more than 20 years ago. We must be listening to our mothers!

Broccoli is a popular member of the cruciferous (cabbage, Brussels sprouts) family and gets its name from the Latin word “brachium,” meaning “arm,” which makes sense considering that food historians believe it first sprouted in Italy along the Mediterranean. Some studies show that compounds in broccoli treat peptic ulcers more effectively than antibiotics and the knobby stalk might even aggressively fight cancer cells. Consider adding your broccoli to a homemade pesto for an extra kick of vitamins C, A and folate. The darker and more vibrant your broccoli, the more nutrients it contains. A 5.22 ounce serving of broccoli contains just 45 calories, yet provides 220% of the vitamin C you need in a day. In fact, broccoli contains twice the vitamin C as oranges. What a tasty bargain!

Though it’s been cultivated for over 2,000 years, it was only introduced into American markets in the 1920s. California produces almost all of the broccoli sold conventionally in America. YOURS came from Lake City. Give yourself a hand – or maybe an arm.

Looking for something awesome to do with your broccoli this week? Check out our blog detailing how to roast your broccoli.

Farmer of the Week: Hoover Farms, Live Oak, Florida
On 35 acres in the heart of North Florida, the Hoover Family has been providing certified organic produce since 2006. Certified by Quality Certification Services as being 100% free of toxic synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, they grow safe, healthy veggies that travel less than 100 miles from the farm to your door. Among their offerings are broccoli, cabbage, summer and winter squashes, turnip greens, collard greens, kale, peppers, melons, herbs, spinach, bok choy, cucumbers, eggplant, peas, beans, green onions and tomatoes. This week’s Veggie Unearthed (broccoli) and the beautiful Bok Choy is provided by our friends Bradley and Mary at Hoover Farms.

Visit the Hoover Farms website to learn more about this member of the Veggie Bin family.

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!

Happy Cooking!


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