Weekly Newsletter: Oct 1, 2013

WELCOME BACK VEGGIE BINNERS!

It’s been a long summer without fresh veggies, but we made it through and we are ready to take this season by storm! Actually, for the first time in our VB history, the farmers had a decent summer…without record breaking heat waves or torrential downpours flooding their seedlings. We are hoping this mild climate will continue for our farmers and offer them a very fruitful season.

We want to take this time to share with you some of the changes and improvements we have made over the summer to help the season be a success for you and your family. Our customers have asked for more flexibility and we’ve been listening! We have included substitutions in our regular sized bins, a new mini bin for smaller families, monthly delivery frequencies for those who just want a nibble, more payment options for easier financial planning and an email newsletter that is sent days in advance! Visit our last blog entry for the details.

You will find your bin is starting out with a bit of southern comfort. No, not the good ole American liqueur, but veggies that will get your southern roots a cookin’! You can find the list of goodies each week by logging into your account or visiting our blog on Fridays. Pictures of the bins will be uploaded once we have all the produce on Tuesdays.

Happy Cooking!

Local Veggie Bin

Local Veggie Bin: Collard Greens, Cubanelle Pepper, Cucumbers, Italian Eggplant, Okra, Persimmon, Yellow Squash, Zipper Cream Peas
Mini Local Bin: Collard Greens,  Italian Eggplant, Persimmons, Yellow Squash, Zipper Cream Peas
Recipes for Our Local Bin

Recipe Note: Some recipes may call for more or less produce than you receive. Please feel free to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

Organic Veggie Bin

Local Organic Bin: Cucumbers, Italian Eggplant, Okra, Yellow Squash (GA), Green Beans (SC), Persimmons (FL), Russet Potatoes, Black Grapes
Mini Organic Bin: Italian Eggplant, Okra, Green Beans (SC), Russet Potatoes (CA), Black Grapes
Fruit Bin: Braeburn Apples, Red Plums, Bananas, Pomegranate

  • Black = Locally Sourced, Conventionally Produced
  • Green = Locally Sourced Organics
  • Orange= Regionally Sourced Organics
  • Blue = Globally Sourced Organics

How to Make Substitutions to Your Bin

We are very excited to announce substitutions to our regular-sized local and organic bin this year! If you do not like an item, you can remove it and double an item that’s already in the bin or a make a substitution. It’s still early in the season, so our local variety will be more plentiful in the next few weeks giving us more options for substitutions. The great news is that we will always have French Pantry Baguettes as one of our additional items!  Below are the instructions on customizing your bin:

Login to your Veggie Bin Account

  1. Click on My Shopping Cart
  2. Click on next week’s delivery. Customization can happen Friday through Sunday. The cut off is Sunday 10pm to make any changes or to put your bin on delivery hold.

Next, select the Customize Bag link

Lastly, Customize your bin:

  1. Place a Zero in any of the items that you do not want included in your bin
  2. Scroll over each item to see the maximum quantity you can receive.
  3. Add extra items by typing the quantity you would like to receive. Quantity must be less than or equal to the maximum in the pop-up .
  4. Read the “Substitutions Left:” at the top right.  The number must be Zero to submit the order. If it is negative, it means you have over ordered!
  5. Hit the Submit button to save your changes.

Want extra items? Whether you have the mini bin or maxed out  your substitutions on the regular sized bin, you can always go to the “shop” and add extra items to you bin.

Eggplant Unearthed!

Your eggplant came to us from Hoover Farm in Live Oak, Florida – less than 95 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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YreJEe_Dw8M

Eggplant 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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