News from the Veggie Bin: January 25, 2012

What’s in the bin this week?

Top row left to right: Lacinato Kale, tomatoes, grapefruit, broccoli

Bottom row left to right: kohlrabi, beets, strawberries, romaine lettuce

(green text indicates organic produce, brown text is sustainable practices)

Organic Bin: includes all organic items above plus organic green beans, acorn squash and kiwis.

We did it!

The Veggie Bin reached our goal of thirty new members in January a full week ahead of schedule! Thank you for introducing your friends and neighbors to our Veggie family. Together we are supporting local farmers each and every week.

The average food item travels over 1,500 miles to your plate. We’re reducing that to under 150 as we support our community farmers and small businesses. We hope that our members will continue to sing the praises of fresh local produce delivered to your door. Watch our newsletter next month for another great sign-up reward special.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed: Lacinato Kale

Your Lacinato Kale came to us from The Family Garden, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes. It’s also known by other names, most commonly Dinosaur Kale but also Tuscan kale, cavolo nero, black kale, flat back cabbage or palm tree kale. This kale is slightly sweeter and more delicate than curly kale. It’s an heirloom variety dating back to 18th century Italy and it was even listed among Thomas Jefferson’s produce at Monticello.

A single cup of kale has only 36 calories, but provides 5 grams of fiber, 1000% of your RDA for vitamin K and 200% of your RDA for vitamin C, 15% of your daily calcium needs and 40% of magnesium.

Storage & Prep:

Lacinato Kale, like most greens, should be eaten as soon as possible. We suggest you refrigerate it unwashed in a plastic bag and use it within 48 hours of delivery. Be certain to wash your greens completely before eating them.

If you’re not going to use your kale right away, you can freeze it with minimal effort. Just wash it thoroughly then trim leaves off any tough stalks.  Blanch for 1 minute in boiling water then chill in ice water for 1 minute.  Drain and pack in freezer bags, remove air from bags, seal and label.  Freeze for up to 6 months.

Here’s a simple and amazingly speedy way to prep your kale:


Lacinato Kale Recipes

Braised Lacinato Kale

Lacinato Kale Smoothie with Orange and Mango

Healthy Breakfast Frittata

Lacinato Kale and Ricotta Salata Salad

From Smitten Kitchen (always beautiful!) – a great recipe for Kale Chips which are wildly popular right now. They even give instructions for using the chips to dust popcorn!

If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a video about how to make kale chips.

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other Veggie Bin customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your bin. You can also email us at info@theveggiebin.com.

Recipes for this week’s bin

We want you to get the most out of your Veggie Bin. Utilize every tasty bite with some of these recipes which feature every item you’ll get this week.

Please feel free to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

February’s Coffee

If you haven’t tried the delicious add-on coffees from Florida Coffee Roasters, February is a great month to start! This month’s roast is Guatemala Atitlan – a creamy, medium toned coffee. It’s well balanced with hints of caramel and toffee. It makes a great afternoon cup and goes excellently with a little whiskey – if you’re into that sort of thing. We are. This month, if you buy two bags you’ll get $2 off a jar of delicious Waldoch honey. Visit our add-on page for ordering information.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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.

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