News from The Veggie Bin: March 1, 2012

What’s in the bin this week?

Local Bin:

Top row left to right: Cauliflower, parsley, red potatoes, Swiss chard, Romaine lettuce
Bottom row left to right: White beets, carrots, Hamlin oranges, onions, mini cucumbers, tomatoes on vine

Note: White beets are appropriate for any conventional beet recipe.

Organic Bin:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Swiss chard
  • Onion
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Parsley
  • Green beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Royal mandarins

Organic Fruit Bin:

  • Blueberries
  • Royal mandarins
  • Bartlett pears
  • Mango

Interested in receiving the organic or fruit bins? Simply send us an email at!

(green = organic produce; blue = certified organic, not locally sourced; plain text = traditional farming)

Want to learn more about the sourcing of each item?  Here’s a video which walks you through every item in the local box this week.

Happy March!

As we transition from our winter produce staples to the bounty of summer, be sure to take the time to dream about what you’d like to grow in the coming months. Even those without a yard can grow herbs and small produce, so take a stroll around your local garden center or a look through a seed catalog for inspiration. Urban Farm, Urban Organic Gardener and Garden Guides all have great resources on small-space and city-based gardening. This year your lawn may work for you instead of the other way around!

You’ll never see this beauty in a vase, but it will be a peach in a few months!

This week’s Veggie Unearthed: Swiss Chard

Your Swiss chard came to us from The Family Garden, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed was originally designated as “Swiss” to differentiate it from French spinach in 19th century seed catalogs. Like most dark, leafy greens, Swiss Chard is a nutritional powerhouse. With only 35 calories per cooked cup, it delivers massive amounts of Vitamin K (715% RDA), Vitamin A (214%), Vitamin C (52%) and magnesium (27%).

The flavor of raw chard will be more bitter than spinach, but that bitterness will mellow out in cooked applications to the point that it’s actually more delicate than spinach, kale or collards in finished cooked dishes. The leaves cook quickly and behave very much like spinach. In fact, if you have a favorite spinach application, chard will probably substitute nicely.

Chard stalks are a matter of taste. Mature stalks are just too tough and woody for most folks, but if you’d like to take a shot at it, chop or slice them and add them to your dish several minutes before you add the leaves to give them a chance to get tender. We recommend that you consume most greens within a day or two, but if you store it unwashed in a loose plastic bag it could keep up to three days in your fridge.

For more information and a preparation demonstration, please watch this helpful video.

Swiss Chard Recipes

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

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!

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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