News from The Veggie Bin: March 29, 2012

What’s in the bin this week?

Local Bin:

Top row left to right: Green leaf lettuce, English peas, carrots, Brussels sprouts
Bottom row left to right: Green onions, red Swiss chard, mixed peppers, broccoli, tomatoes

Organic Bin:

  • Bananas
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Red Swiss Chard
  • Green Onions
  • Carrots
  • English Peas
  • Orange peppers
  • Purple sweet potatoes

Organic Fruit Bin:

  • Bartlett Pears
  • Pink Lady Apples
  • Kiwis
  • Bananas

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.

The Veggie Bin Gets a Fresh New Look!

We are thrilled to present our fresh new logo, designed by Alex Ojeda of Alexander & Black Design Studio.

In the coming months, you’ll see it on our delivery vans and our delivery staff will wear t-shirts indicating that we’re at your house to bring the veggies! Soon, members will be able to earn Veggie Bin merchandise (t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc.) through our promotions. We love it and we think it is an excellent representation of the spirit of The Veggie Bin. Thank you, Alex!

This week’s Veggie Unearthed: English Peas

Your English peas came to us from Sykes & Cooper, less than 50 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is also known as a shell or garden pea. They are called “English” because a great many varieties were developed in England. Nutritionally, peas are a protein powerhouse. A three-quarter cup serving contains 100 calories and more protein than a whole egg, but less than one-half of a gram of fat.

These harbingers of spring are most familiar to Americans as a canned or frozen item. Just 5% of all the peas grown in America come to the consumer fresh and even less than that in the pod. The flavor of the peas is brighter and “greener” in fresh peas, but the real wow factor comes from the texture. Most peas are blob of goo before they hit your plate, but these peas will give you a toothy snap when you bite into them. The simplest preparation is just a small pan of boiling salted water. Just drop your shelled peas into the water for 2-3 minutes, then test them until they are to your desired texture.

The peas come to you with their shells intact. This means that they aren’t especially pretty, as the shells tend to thin out and mottle as they mature as seen in the photo above. However, once you give one end a little tug and pull the handy string nature installed…

There aren’t any great videos of anyone shelling peas, but there is an excellent tutorial here. To see someone shelling peas, please watch this video.

English Peas 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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