Weekly Newsletter 1-02-13

Lettuce, Romanesco, green onions, green beans, celery baby Brussels sprouts, lemon, strawberries

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!

Fruit Bin

  • Honeydew melon
  • Pinata apples
  • Bananas
  • Tangerines

100% Organic Bin

  • Lettuce
  • Lemon
  • Rainbow chard
  • Tomatoes on the vine
  • Apples
  • Buttercup squash
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Sugar snap peas

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

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013! We’re looking forward to another great year of supporting local agriculture and artisans. We’ve been thrilled to welcome new customers so we’re setting goals to reach even more folks in the coming year. As we did last year, we’re hoping you’ll take the opportunity this month to share the Veggie Bin with your friends and neighbors. We’re setting a goal of thirty new members in the month of January, but we can’t do it without your help. As an expression of our gratitude for your generous word of mouth, we’ll credit your account $15 for every member you refer this month – up to FIVE! Simply have your friend or neighbor list you in the “referred by” portion of the order form.

A larger customer base will allow us to expand our product offerings as well as our staff. Remember that your membership not only supports local farmers and artisans, but also enriches our community by providing a source for produce and food products outside of the corporate food distribution system. The mark of a great food city is the freedom to choose how our food is sourced. Thank you for your continued support of the local food system!

Happy New Year and happy cooking!

~Amie and The Veggie Bin Team

Romanesco Unearthed!

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is especially exciting because it’s just cool. It’s a beautiful, bright lime green color with a fractal shape. The definition of a fractal is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. This means that each little pattern in your cauliflower repeats on an increasingly larger scale called “recursion,” giving your cauliflower a geometric cool factor beyond compare. It’s almost too beautiful to eat, but too tasty to pass up!

The flavor is like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower with a sweet nuttiness, but is not a broccoflower in species. It is often referred to as “Broccolo Romanesco” or “Roman Broccoli.” It’s called a cauliflower or broccoli interchangeably in recipes and you can use it in any recipe calling for either, though the texture will resemble cauliflower. It looks like something out of The Matrix, but it has been cultivated since the 16th century in Italy. It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants, but is naturally low in calories. We suggest consumption within three days, but if you wrap it loosely in a plastic bag, it could keep for up to a week.

For more information and a preparation demonstration, please watch this helpful video.

Romanesco 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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