Weekly Newsletter 07-16-13

Local Bin: Cucumbers, mangoes (S.Fl.), acorn squash, tomatoes, canary melon, White Acre peas, purple okra, chocolate bell peppers, yellow squash

Local Mini Bin: Acorn squash, canary melon, okra, chocolate bell peppers, yellow squash

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.

Recipes for This Week’s Bin

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

Organic Bin: Acorn squash, tomatoes on the vine, blueberries, bell peppers, broccoli, honeydew melon, red onion, carrots w/tops

Organic Mini Bin: Broccoli, honeydew melon, acorn squash, bell peppers

Organic Bin Recipes

Fruit Bin

  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Pluots
  • Cherries

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

Heavy Lifting!

As summer heats up, the “fluffier” bin items we’re used to are long gone. Tender greens which fill bins to the brim would fry to a crisp in the 90+ degree heat of July. The good news is that the flavors of summer are concentrated in the heavier items you’ll be seeing for the rest of this month. Hardy produce like onions, avocados, melons, corn and peaches can take the heat. Though your bin won’t look as “full” as it does in the other months, it will often be rather heavy. Just think of it as the sun “boiling down” flavor like a good stock.

You’ll still find the same number of items in each bin and lots of great recipes here in the blog to help you enjoy your produce to the fullest. Remember, if you ever have a question about how to use an item, you’re welcome to email us or contact us on our Facebook page.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the end of Veggie Bin season. Our last week of deliveries will be the week of July 22-27. This means that if you’re an every other week customer who receives a bin this week, it will be your last of the season. If you’re an every week customer, you’ve got one more to go. We’ll be reminding you often and starting you up again automatically when we come back in October. Thank you for your patience and stay cool, Veggie Binners!

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Acorn Squash Unearthed!

Your organic acorn squash came to us from Hoover Farm in Live Oak, Florida – less than 95 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Acorn squash is loaded with fiber, beneficial vitamins and even some protein. A one cup serving has over 30% of your RDA of Vitamin C! This relative of the pumpkin and zucchini is an ultra-low fat food. It’s also extra-tasty when stuffed and baked!

Store your acorn squash in your fridge for up to one week – longer than that would cause the skin to moisten and begin to rot. If you’re not going to use your whole squash at once, place cut pieces in a plastic container and use within three days. While you can eat the skins of many squashes, the acorn squash’s skin is not normally considered edible.

You’ll need to remove the seeds and stringy fibers from the middle of the squash before cooking it. This can be tricky. I find it helpful to put an old, clean dishtowel that I don’t mind poking holes in bunched up on the cutting board to keep the squash from rolling and sliding. Carefully stab it through the middle until you hit the board, then tip it up and cut through that side. Repeat on the other side.

If you’d like to learn more about how to prep acorn squash, please watch this helpful video.

Acorn Squash 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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