Weekly Newsletter 06-18-13

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Local Bin: Eggplant, green kale, cantaloupe, mixed tomatoes, Whiteacre peas, corn, okra, squash
Local Mini-Bin: Green kale, cantaloupe, Whiteacre peas, corn, okra

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

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Organic Bin: Eggplant, green kale, cantaloupe, mixed tomatoes, corn, peaches, cauliflower, sweet potatoes

Organic Mini Bin: Green kale, cantaloupe, corn

Organic Bin Recipes

Fruit Bin

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  • Plums
  • Anjou Pears
  • Mangoes
  • Gala Apples

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

Keep It Cool!

Whew! We are entering the hottest part of our Veggie Bin season, folks! It is absolutely vital for produce quality that residential delivery customers place a cooler large enough to hold your order containing a frozen bottle of water in your delivery spot if you will not be home to immediately bring your bin inside. When temperatures top 90 degrees, tender greens can wilt, fruits can mold and produce can shrivel in just moments. We cannot be responsible for produce which spoils in the heat, so we hope you’ll take our advice and protect your bin!

Even folks that greet our delivery driver at the door should carefully consider how you store your items. We know you value your bin, so we don’t want items going to waste. Please check out this handy storage guide which can help you get the best quality from your delivery. If you ever have any questions on storage or prep, you can always ask us on Facebook, by email or give us a call.

We’d also like to remind you as vacation season gets into full swing that delivery suspensions MUST be completed online by Sunday at 10 p.m. before the week you’d like to suspend. After that time, your produce has already been ordered and paid for. If you leave unexpectedly or have an emergency, we suggest finding a friend or neighbor to share your bin.

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Eggplant Unearthed!

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

These shiny beauties are a versatile veggie, but did you know they are actually classified as a berry? It’s a member of the gothy-sounding nightshade family, along with potatoes and tomatoes. Low in calories and chock full of calcium, potassium and vitamin C, this veggie is a great addition to the table during cold & flu season!

Store your eggplant in the veggie drawer in your fridge and use it within 2-3 days. If you store it too long, it can become bitter. Many people who don’t like eggplant have experienced the bitterness of older eggplants. Today’s eggplant varieties have little, if any, bitter flavor when fresh. If you have any doubts,  minimize any bitter flavors by “sweating” your eggplant. Slice it up, sprinkle it with salt and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Please watch this helpful video to see this demonstrated.

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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