Weekly Newsletter 12-11-12

Green Lettuce, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, Green Onions, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cauliflower, Pink Grapefruit

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.

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

Fruit Bin

  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Kiwi

100% Organic Bin

  • Green Lettuce
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Green Onions
  • Green Beans
  • Yum Yum Peppers
  • Broccoli Crowns
  • Tomatoes
  • Bananas

Black = Locally Sourced Conventionally Produced
Green = Locally Sourced Organics
Blue = Globally Sourced Organics

Tomatoes in December? Oh, yeah!

Your tomatoes came to us from Beli Farms, less than 80 miles from most of our customers’ homes. Emil Belibasis is originally from Honduras and studied at the University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences Department. His farm in Wellborn, Florida features hydroponic technology which allows him to provide these beautiful tomatoes in December. We’re excited about our ongoing partnership with this farm and we love the little taste of summer! To learn more about Mr. Belibasis and his farm, please visit the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Feature Farmer website.

Happy cooking!

~Amie and The Veggie Bin Team

Holiday News

Please make a note that there will be NO Veggie Bin delivery the week of Christmas (December 26 & 27). If you would have received your bin on the 26/27th of December, you will receive it the 2/3rd. If you are scheduled for the 2/3rd, you will receive your bin on January 9/10th.

This information may look familiar to you. We have, and will be, posting it on Facebook, newsletters, billboards, skywriters maybe even tying ribbons to carrier pigeons. We want to be sure you know that we are not “skipping” a week,  but rather, pushing all deliveries back by a week. If you have any questions, please reference our blog announcement or send us an email at info@theveggiebin.com.

If you’re traveling this holiday season, suspending your Veggie Bin deliveries is easy. Simply email us at  info@theveggiebin.com by 5 p.m. the Monday before you need to suspend. We can only credit you if you let us know by that time, otherwise we’ll have already ordered your produce! Temporary suspension of deliveries is available year-round, so when you’re on the move, let us know!

The Warmest of Holiday Gifts

Looking for a stress-free yet truly thoughtful holiday gift for everyone on your list? The Veggie Bin is here to help! We’ll be offering our popular Holiday gift bag again this year. For just $25, you’ll get a 12 oz. bag of delicious We Three Bean coffee from Florida Coffee Roasters, a 16 oz. jar of locally produced honey and 24 servings of Lotus Tea’s Peppermint Tea. Just add a bow and you’re ready to jingle! If you’d like to put together your own locally crafted gift, we offer gift certificates, pecans, soaps, teas, bread and other items on our add-on page. Just choose your items and we’ll deliver them to your door with your regular delivery. It’s even better than free valet parking!

Daniel Foundation Toy Drive

The Veggie Bin will participate in the Daniel Wish Granters Holiday Drive again this year. If you would like to contribute, please place an unwrapped new toy in a gift bag along with your empty boxes and we’ll deliver your contribution to Daniel. The last date we’ll be picking these up will be December 12-13.  To learn more about this children’s foundation or to make a monetary contribution, please visit the Daniel website. Thank you!

Broccoli Rabe Unearthed!

Broccoli rabe (pronounced “rob”) goes by many names – broccoli raab, rapini, broccoletti, broccoli di rape, friarielli, rappi, cime di rapa, turnip broccoli, taitcat, Italian or Chinese broccoli and more. Most of them sound Italian because many of the culinary applications spring from southern Italy and the veggie comes to us via the Mediterranean region as a wild herb of the Brassicaceae (mustard) family. The veggie also grows in Asia where it is among the most popular vegetables.

The spiky green leaves surround buds that resemble broccoli which bloom into edible yellow flowers. However, broccoli rabe is not a relative of broccoli! The flavor is similar to broccoli, but much more intense. You can clean it in the same way you’d prep any other greens; trimming off the lower stems which are woodier. You can remove the more tender parts of the stems up to the point where the leaves start and saute those for a few minutes before you add the leaves to be sure your dish turns out perfectly cooked.

To keep your broccoli rabe fresh, store it unwashed in a loosely wrapped plastic bag in your refrigerator. As with all Veggie Bin produce, it is real food that left its home in the dirt just a few short days ago. Be sure to wash it thoroughly before preparation. However, excess moisture during storage will speed up wilting, so wait until just before cooking to wash.

For more information, please watch this helpful video on preparing broccoli rabe.

Broccoli Rabe 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.

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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