Weekly Newsletter 04-30-13

Cauliflower, carrots, green kale, Bibb lettuce, peppers, English peas, blueberries

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

Cauliflower, carrots, Lacinato kale, Bibb lettuce, blueberries, graffiti eggplant, fava beans

Organic Bin Recipes

Fruit Bin

  • Pineapple
  • Cameo Apples
  • Navel Oranges
  • Ataulfo Mango

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

Hey! Slow Down, Buddy!

The Veggie Bin is thrilled to be participating once again in the Slow Food Slow Down this Friday at Intuition Ale Works. Slow Food First Coast spearheads this glorious evening of local slow food stars. Slow Food First Coast awards the “Slow Food Snail of Approval” to businesses which practice the “Good, Clean, Fair” philosophy the Slow Food USA movement champions. The Slow Down is a celebration of these businesses and a chance for the community to familiarize themselves with their products and services.

We hope you’ll be joining us for this event so you can explore the offerings of local businesses like 29 South, Restaurant Orsay,  Community Loaves, Early Risers Artisan Bread, Glades Ridge Goat Diary, Green Lotus Studios and many, many more. If you can’t join us for the event, we strongly urge you to explore the links above and patronize the businesses involved. We look forward to this event each year and we are deeply honored to be a part of the slow food movement.

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Kale Unearthed!

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

Kale is consistently on every list of “superfoods” that we should all get more of in our diets. 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, 180% of vitamin A, 15% of your daily calcium needs and 40% of magnesium. This amazing density of nutrition coupled with a pleasing flavor means this feel-good powerhouse is growing in popularity every day. Researchers, nutritionists and physicians have attributed kale with the power to combat disease, lower cholesterol, lower your risk of cancer and just two or three bunches can camouflage you during jungle battles against giant alien beetles. It seems there’s no downside to kale – you just have to find your favorite way to eat it!

The #1 thing we hear most about kale is how much folks love kale chips, so here’s a great recipe for Kale Chips. They even give instructions for using the chips to dust popcorn!

Storage & Prep:

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.

Check out this helpful video with more info on kale.

Kale 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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