Weekly Newsletter 04-16-13

Lettuce, cabbage, Chiogga beets, zucchini/squash, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, corn

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. Enjoy!

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

100% Organic Bin

Lettuce, Chiogga beets, zucchini, green beans, mushrooms, mangoes, Cubanelle peppers, Hass avocado

Organic Bin Recipes

Fruit Bin

  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Banana
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit

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

Welcome to the Family!

We’re very pleased to announce Wee Sprout Naturally in Mandarin as our newest pickup point for customers outside of our delivery zones. Located at 3491 Pall Mall Drive, Suite 103, just off San Jose Blvd., Wee Sprout Naturally offers natural baby products and learning opportunities for you and your favorite little sprout. You can check out their location and the products and services they have at their website. It’s a huge challenge to service such a large city so pickup partners are a vital part of getting local produce to as many customers as possible. We thank Wee Sprout for hosting us and hope that our customers will pass along this great news to their friends and family in the Mandarin area.

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Chiogga (Candy Cane) Beets Unearthed!

Your organic candy cane beets came to us from The Family Garden, in Bell, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Chiogga, (pronounced “kee-OH-jee-ah”) or “candy cane” beets are one of the items we most often reference to new customers when relating how local produce can help children get excited about vegetables. When we were kids, beets were canned or pickled and definitely not a favorite thing to find on our plates. These beets are an absolute about face! These fresh, delightful beets are sweet and not at all bitter. The interior flesh is absolutely gorgeous with concentric red and white rings which give it the nickname “candy cane.” When prepping, it’s a lot of fun to cut them up in different directions to see the patterns that the rings make in the pieces. The colors blend together a bit after cooking, but the flavor is out of this world.

You can use Chioggas in any beet recipe, though the mild, sweet flavor is catered to in recipes specified for either Chioggas or golden beets. Don’t underestimate the power of these guys when roasted and simply paired with goat cheese. Goat cheese pairs so well with beets that there are hundreds of recipes matching up the two.

To store your beets, lop off the tops and store the greens separately in a loosely wrapped plastic bag. Place your beet roots in another bag and store them in your fridge. Greens can last just a few days, but the beet roots might last two to four weeks. Like most root veggies that come with tops, the greens remain a living organism and will suck the life out of your roots if left attached. As always, don’t wash the greens or the roots until you are ready to prepare them, as moisture will quickly rot both.

Please watch this helpful video on how to clean and prepare fresh beets.

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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