Weekly Newsletter 05-07-13

Carrots, red leaf lettuce, potatoes, collard greens, beets, green beans, blueberries, 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.

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

Carrots, red leaf lettuce, potatoes, collard greens, blueberries, bi-color corn, lemon, red onions

A Note for Organic Customers: We intended to include green beans in your bin this week but due to an error they didn’t arrive. An extra item will be included in your May 22nd/23rd delivery instead. Thank you for your patience!

Organic Bin Recipes

Fruit Bin

  • Cantaloupe
  • Packham Pears
  • Murcott Tangerines
  • Bananas

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

Things are really heating up!

In the warmer months of each year (mid-May – July), we expand our local produce area to provide you with the highest quality items possible. While there are many different definitions of what “local” means, we define it as within 150 miles of Jacksonville. In the hotter months, we carefully select items which are worth a little more truck time. Mangoes from southern Florida as well as juicy, best quality South Carolina peaches will soon appear in your bins.

When we step outside of our 150 mile “comfort zone” we will put a state or area abbreviation in the key under the photo. For example, you might find “Mangoes (S.FL)” or “Peaches (GA)” or “Blueberries (C.FL).  This is our way of continuing our tradition of transparency while providing you with the best quality of the season as close to home as we can find it as production wanes in our area. As always, our emphasis is on produce grown within 150 miles to support our local farmers. We’ll put our farmers first and fill the rest with the best of our neighboring areas. We’re excited about corn, peaches, mangoes and all the bounty of summer to come!

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Collard Greens Unearthed!

Your collard greens came to us from Hoover Farms – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Collards are a member of the Brassica family, closely related to cabbages. In fact, collards can be classified as a cabbage that doesn’t form a head. However, the leaves don’t have the usual cabbage-y flavor. Instead, they take on the flavors of whatever flavorful liquid you cook them with, much like kale. Like most leafy dark greens, they are a champ in the nutrition department with very low calories, no cholesterol and good amounts of dietary fiber and vitamins like A, K, calcium and folate.

Collard greens are a symphony that only gets ugly in the accompaniment. Traditional high fat additions of the pork-tacular variety often derail this dietary powerhouse. The rich flavor of bacon or ham is a lovely complement to the glorious greens, and we include such a recipe above (Southern-Style Collard Greens) but there are sneaky low-fat ways to bring them to the party. Try low-fat real bacon bits (Hormel makes an excellent variety) if you’re braising. Sweat an onion in minimal oil or butter then add your greens and a bit of low-sodium chicken stock until the leaves are wilted. A few minutes before you’re ready to serve, sprinkle that bacony goodness and you’re ready to rumble. Another fine alternative to salt pork, bacon or fatback is Bacon Salt. We don’t usually recommend a specific product but this zero calorie, zero fat, vegan and kosher alternative to pork is a revelation in greens preparation!
Storage & Prep:
We always recommend that you store any leafy green veggies in a plastic bag or plastic container large enough to hold them. If you put your collards head down in a plastic grocery bag and wrap the handles around the stems, they could last for over a week. Of course, the sooner the better and always wait to wash greens until right before you’re ready to cook. Greens can be gritty, so be sure to completely submerge, swish and drain at least three times to insure no unwanted grit gets into your greens!
Check out this helpful video with more info on collard greens.

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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