Weekly Newsletter

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. For complete details of the bin, please visit This Week’s Bin on our website.

Please feel free to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page! To see a list of the bin contents, please visit our website.

Your Bin: Summer-sized!

You may open up your bin and wonder where it went this week! Not to worry – there are still the same 7-9 items with the same value as the fall/winter/spring bins. Summer items tend to be heavy, dense produce like tomatoes, beans, berries and squash. These will take up less space in your bin than the big, leafy greens we’ve been accustomed to in past months. The bin may not look “full” but it will be rather heavy! It’s all just a part of changing with the seasons. Enjoy!

Slow Food Slow Down

The 2nd Annual Slow Down with Slow Food First Coast will be held at Intuition Ale Works on Friday, May 11th starting at 6pm.

Local restaurants, farmers and artisans who have received the prestigious Snail of Approval award from Slow Food First Coast will show off samplings of their products. Excellent chefs come together with our own local farmers to bring you food and drinks that Jacksonville can truly call our own.

Attendees will have the chance to meet the Slow Food First Coast board members as well as interact with the chefs and farmers who make our food scene possible.

Tickets are $15 and entitle you to all the food samples and a pint of yummy Intuition Ale Works brew. All proceeds to to Slow Food First Coast. The event was wildly popular last year, so we expect this event to sell out quickly so hurry to grab your tickets at the Intuition tap room or online at http://slowfoodfirstcoastslowdown.eventbrite.com/.

The Veggie Bin is proud to be participating in this event as a Slow Food Snail of Approval recipient. Other participants include 29 South Restaurant, Bistro Aix, Black Hog Farm, Grassroots Natural Market, Sweet Grass Dairy, Trad’s Garden Center and many, many more. This is a truly great event representing the best in local food culture.
For more information, visit www.intuitionale.com or www.slowfoodfirstcoast.com.

Reminder: Important Delivery Information!

MAY 1 we began delivering Veggie Bins on both Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the day.

If you live in these zip codes: 32204, 32205, 32210 or 32244, your delivery day will now be Wednesday. If you live in any other zip code, your day will remain Thursday. Deliveries to all areas will be made between 2 and 7 p.m and may vary slightly from week to week. ALL pick up locations will remain the same day and time.

Your continued business is helping keep Jacksonville’s local farmers and local food culture vital and strong. Our growth is a sign that Jacksonville is alive with local food awareness. We appreciate you and look forward to continuing to serve you! We couldn’t do it without your awesome word-of-mouth and support. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 904-314-9437 or email info@theveggiebin.com.

This Week’s Veggie Unearthed: Pink-eyed Peas

Pink-eyed peas (Vigna sinensis) are also known as cowpeas, field peas, purple hull peas, or Southern peas. A close cousin of the black-eyed pea, but with a more complex, nutty flavor and a smoother texture. They grow in long, purple pods and have a green exterior with that trademark pink-to-maroon eye where they met the pod on the farm. Once cooked they take on the same beige/tan color of a black-eyed pea.

Yours will come to you already shelled, so there’s no work to be done. Keep them in the baggie in the fridge for up to a week. If you don’t want to cook them right away, they do freeze well. Simply blanch them in some boiling water for 2 minutes, throw them in some ice water to stop the cooking, then freeze in plastic zip bags.

Please watch this helpful video on how to cook a pot of pink-eyed/purple hull peas.

Pink Eyed Peas Recipes

::Note: The terms “purple hull pea” and “pink-eyed pea” are used interchangeably dependent on region. Recipes reflect this regional difference, but be assured that it is the same legume!::

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.

Every Wednesday – King Street Market!

Wednesday 11-2, grab lunch by Corner Taco and visit us along with Raw Juice Co., Green Lotus Organics, I Love My Life Chocolates, Baking Under the Influence and many more!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your bin clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Bins that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

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