Newsletter: September 16, 2014

Healthy Fundraisers for Schools
Are you a parent, grandparent, or teacher looking for a healthy alternative to your school’s fundraising events? Look no further, we have the answer for you. We will donate $5.00 to the school for each box sold. It takes selling just a 100 boxes to gift your school $500! If your school would like plan fall fundraiser, please contact Nicole at 386.753.4565.


Expanding to the Oak Leaf Area!

Thanks to our friend, Kristy of Jones Family Jams, we are able to expand deliveries in the Oak Leaf area! We are so excited to welcome her and her Jams to Front Porch Pickings. Please take a look to see if you know someone in the area who would love to add Front Porch Pickings to their front door. Remember there is a $10 referral credit for each member you refer…no limits!

By the way — have you tried her jams? Yum! She will be making us something “peachy” soon.




Winter Squash in the Summer?

This week many of you may be a little surprised to find carnival squash (a winter squash) in your bag of goodies. If you’re tempted to use it as a center piece on your kitchen table rather than in your cooking, I hope you’ll think twice. Not only is carnival squash quite divine, it is high in vitamins A and C, iron and riboflavin. And contrary to popular belief, winter squash is actually a warm weather crop. The term “winter” only applies to its long storage time. These versatile, tasty delights can be enjoyed all year round.

How to Prepare Carnival Squash
If you’re anything like me, winter squash (any of them) may appear a bit too ominous to approach. However, since I am not one to be defeated in the kitchen, I am proud to say it’s not that difficult at all. All you need is a sturdy, sharp knife and a good peeler.

Hard squash is typically used in savory winter dishes with other root vegetables or in soups. However, since we are still in the midst of Summer, I thought it would be nice to enjoy it cool, over salad greens with a nice olive oil & balsamic dressing.  Below are some great recipes to try along with a link to a video on how to roast carnival squash with Butter, Parmesan and Lemon.

Roasted Butternut (or Carnival) Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette
How to roast carnival squash
Baked Carnival Squash with Bacon and Rosemary
Chicken Stuffed Carnival Squash

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini):  (Eggplant, Green Beans, Slicing Tomatoes, Carnival Squash, Gala Apples) Cucumber, Multi Color Bell Peppers, Red Potatoes  *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin, Mini:  Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Cauliflower, Taylor Salad Power Greens, Organic Nectarines, Organic Corn

Organic Bin:  Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Cauliflower, Taylor Salad Power Greens, Organic Corn, Organic Canteloupe, Organic Cucumber, Organic Gold Delicious Apples

Grab & Go: Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Canteloupe, Organic Broccoli, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Red Grapes, Organic Baby Carrots (bagged), Organic Nectarines, Gala Apples

Fruit: Organic Canteloupe, Organic Kiwi Berries, Organic Pluots, Gala Apples

Large Fruit: Organic Canteloupe, Organic Kiwi Berries, Gala Apple, Organic Nectarines, Organic Bananas, Organic Red Bartlett Pears

Recipes Ideas – Don’t forget to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

Stock Up on Staples!

Don’t forget to check out our online store for more veggies, fruit, and staples! We have a lot of new items.

Making Substitutions

Have no fear! If you do not like one of our pre-selected items in your regular sized organic or local bin, you have the choice to remove it! Hit the “customize now” button and zero out the items you wish to leave out.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your boxes 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. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

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