Weekly Newsletter 03-19-13

Romaine lettuce, parsley, strawberries, rutabaga, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli

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.

Recipe Note: Some recipes may call for more or less produce than you receive. We feature recipes which can be doubled or halved if necessary. “No Meat March” friendly recipes are noted as (NMM). Enjoy!

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

100% Organic Bin

Romaine lettuce, parsley, strawberries, kale, rutabaga, broccoli, sweet onion, sweet mini peppers, tomatoes on the vine

Organic Bin Recipes

Please Note: This month we are featuring vegetarian and vegan recipes for our organic customers to aid those participating in No Meat March.

Fruit Bin

  • Red Plums
  • Bananas
  • Red Bartlett Pears
  • Strawberries

A note to our Organic + Fruit Bin Customers: We usually do a good job of not “doubling up” on any particular item. However, this week double strawberries were unavoidable for supply reasons. Please excuse this problem and enjoy these extra hints for doing the most with your berries!

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

The Return of the King Street Farmers Market!

We’re excited to announce the triumphant return of the King Street Farmers Market, every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. These new hours will give working folks the chance to take advantage of all the glories of the market without giving up their lunch hour. We urge you to come out and visit the local merchants including Bottega, Community Loaves, Glades Ridge Goat Dairy, Karen’s Kakes, Karma Acres Farm / Early Risers Artisan Bread, Leah’s Organic Coffee + Tea, Meteor Street Produce, Olive Affairs, R & G Seafood, Sheppherd Farm, Snickerpoodles, Teagan Farms and of course — The Veggie Bin!

Come by and see us at The Veggie Bin tent and be sure to add the King Street Farmers Market on Facebook for all the latest updates.

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Mini Bell Peppers Unearthed!

Sweet Mini Peppers are a variety of bell pepper. Though some may look like hot peppers, they are actually sweet and crunchy with very few seeds. Your peppers came to us from Beli Farms in Wellborn, Florida – less than 100 miles from our customers homes. (Local customers)

Storage & Prep:
Store your peppers in a plastic bag anywhere in your fridge that stays consistently cold. (Not the door!) They should keep well this way for several days, if not longer.

The seeds are concentrated at the stem end of the pepper, so cleaning is pretty darn easy. Just slice off the top 1/4 – 1/2 inch along with the green stem. This will open up the veggie to all sorts of possibilities. Rinse out any seeds left inside and wash the peppers.

You can use minis as you would any other sweet pepper. However, they are like the popcorn of the veggie world once you discover eating them raw. Wash them well and chomp them just below the stem.

They also make a delightful crudites item on a veggie and dip plate. You can slice them whole into rings for a lovely salad, pizza, stir fry or wrap presentation. They are also a cute-as-a-button addition to shish kabobs if you’re lucky enough to get some of the smaller ones.

Especially in the winter months, these little guys practically beg to be stuffed!

Stuffed Mini Peppers

  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup cooked flavorful meat of your choice (bacon, crab, smoked turkey, etc.)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Peppers

Cut off pepper top, slice in half and remove any stray seeds.
Combine all other ingredients and season to taste.
Stuff cheese mixture into peppers.
Grill or roast in a 350 degree oven until the filling is hot and the peppers are slightly softened. If you’d like less crispy peppers, you can blanch the peppers for 2-3 minutes in  boiling water before stuffing.

Other recipes:
If you’re looking for alternative or No Meat March recipes online, you’ll want to Google “Baby Bell Peppers” to get more results. Mini bells are about half the size of a standard bell, so your cooking times will vary and you will need to adjust the recipe depending on the size of the peppers used.

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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