News from The Veggie Bin: March 22, 2012

What’s in the bin this week?

Local Bin:

Top row left to right: Strawberries, broccoli, green kale, mixed mini bell peppers
Bottom row left to right: Italian parsley, rainbow carrots, arugula, grape tomatoes, beets with tops

Note: Mini bell peppers are not spicy. Beets this week are “gourmet” sized. These smaller beets are more tender than larger beets. Wash, roast, then rub off the skins for ease of prep.

Organic Bin:

  • Parsley
  • Arugula
  • Green Kale
  • Carrots
  • Mango
  • Broccoli
  • Mixed Peppers
  • Beets

Organic Fruit Bin:

  • Black Plums
  • Mango
  • Fuji Apples
  • Navel Oranges

Interested in receiving the organic or fruit bins? Simply send us an email at info@theveggiebin.com!

(green = organic produce; blue = certified organic, not locally sourced; plain text = traditional local 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.

Get Outta Town!

As the weather warms up, we know our customers will begin to travel the world looking for new experiences and flavors. It’s easy to suspend your Veggie Bin service for any length of time you might be away. Simply contact info@theveggiebin.com by 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the delivery you wish to suspend to avoid being charged. If you cancel by that time, your next month’s invoice will be credited.

Cancellations after 5 p.m. Monday can’t be refunded because the orders for your produce have already been placed. In that case, you’re more than welcome to have your bin delivered to any friend or neighbor living within our service area. All this information and more is available on our Terms of Service page at The Veggie Bin website. Now would be a great time to review it, if you haven’t already!

This week’s Veggie Unearthed: Arugula

Your arugula came to us from Hoover Farms, less than 80 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is also known as “rocket” in Canada, Australia and Britain. Low in calories and rich in potassium and Vitamin C, it originated in the Mediterranean where it is considered an aphrodisiac. At any rate, the 2 calorie calorie count in a half cup serving is pretty exciting. Primarily used as a salad green, it has a strong, rich peppery flavor.

You may be wondering about the roots attached to your arugula. These are important! Arugula rapidly deteriorates, but you can keep yours fresh for at least a day by putting the roots in a glass of water and popping it in your fridge loosely covered by a plastic bag. If you don’t have room for that, wrap the roots in a moist paper towel and then wrap loosely in a plastic bag. As with all greens, consuming it as soon as possible is recommended.

Arugula can be gritty or dirty, so be sure to chop off the little roots, then wash thoroughly before adding to the recipe of your choice.

For a full preparation demonstration on how to make an Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, please watch this helpful video.

Arugula 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 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!

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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