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 bin content information and a video, please visit This Week’s Bin on our website.

This week we are focusing on recipes you can make without heating up your kitchen. Stay cool!

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

Local Food Made By Local Folks!

We are very excited to share our latest local food project with you! It’s called The Local Food Incubator. When complete, it will be a commercial kitchen facility open to local food artisans seeking to go beyond the current cottage food laws to become fully certified. This would allow them to sell their goods through retail outlets without a huge overhead investment. Along with the kitchen facility, fostered businesses will have access to local resources to help them with the legal requirements involved in fully certifying a food business. As they succeed, they will, in turn, do the same for others by mentoring them through the process.

We’re eager to “put our money where our mouth is” and truly support the local food movement here in Jacksonville with our time, investment and care. Crowd funding is a hybrid alternative financing solution where individuals “micro-invest” in the types of businesses they would like to see in their city and those businesses add more than just another shop. In return, investors receive perks such as food products and even a full year of Veggie Bin service. We hope you’ll take a look at the proposal and consider contributing! We know times are tough. If you can’t give, please share the link with your friends. Thank you!

Important Scheduling Changes!

REMINDER: If you are an EVERY OTHER WEEK customer, your schedule has changed! ALL delivery schedules have been pushed back one week.

New EOW Schedules:
*If your delivery was to be on July 4/5th – you will receive your delivery this week on July 11/12th and 25/26th.
*If your delivery was to be on July 11/12 – you will receive your delivery next week on July 18/19.

This Week’s Veggie Unearthed: Lacinato Kale

Lacinato Kale is 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

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.

Every Wednesday – King Street Market!

Wednesday 11-2, grab lunch by Corner Taco and visit us along with Green Lotus Organics, I Love My Life Chocolates, Baking Under the Influence, Karma Acres 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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