Newsletter: October 8, 2014

Rain, Rain Go Away – Let the Cool Weather Come into Play

Ahhhh, we are finally feeling a bit of fall weather here and there! But the last couple of weeks have been rough on our local farms as they have been hit with rainstorms day after day. What does that mean for our farms? It’s a little bit awkward in the fields right now with the summer items starting to diminish and fall produce still not quite ready to harvest. Though the slim pickings won’t be here long! Our local farmers will be ready to harvest an abundance of fall crops in the next couple of weeks. Hang tight while we are in between seasons and continue to pull in some of our regional produce.

IMPORTANT: New Website Updates

ShoppingCartWe are getting closer to the final destination when it comes to our online ordering system. It is now quicker and easier to customize your order! Can I tell you how excited we are? When you log into your FPP account you will land in our shop, viewing this week’s cart. First, the customize now button has been removed, allowing you to view all the items in the shopping cart without popping up other windows. You can simply change the quantity by placing your desired amount in the text box next to the item name or delete any item by simply hitting the small x icon to the right. SUPER SIMPLE. Adding items has become more seamless too for fruits and vegetables — just hit the add button and it automatically appears in the cart without a pop up window. Items that we offer both  on a recurring and one time basis, like coffee, bread or honey, still has a pop up window with options.

FPP Unearthed: SAIJO ASTRINGENT PERSIMMON

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADon’t judge a book by its cover! Originally from Japan, Saijo fruits are like small orange balls of honey. They may not look fancy but their name literally means “the very best one” in Japanese. The fruit is much softer than the Fuji Persimmons that we had in our baskets last week and are great for cooking. When completely ripe they will be darker orange in color and be soft to the touch. This particular variety is grown by Spring Song’s orchard in High Springs, FL. Spring Song is a woman owned and run organic farm!

Not sure what to do with persimmons? Don’t be scared of them! Again, this variety is well known for baking. Here are some cooking and baking ideas to get you started in the kitchen:

Corn Grits are Back!

The corn grits, grown and milled by Teagan farms are back on our shelves! If you haven’t tried these grits, you don’t know what you’re missing. We’ve been waiting all season to get our hands on them. What makes these grits so special? It’s made from an heirloom flint corn dating back in the Bradley family nearly 100 years, its pesticide free, and it is freshly ground. Flint corn is known for a grittier, more granular texture. In Italy, it has been the choice polenta corn since the 16th century! Polenta is simple to make, low in fat/calories and nutritious!  Log into your FPP account to order your grits for your next delivery!  $7.00/1 lb bag.

 

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

Local Bin (Mini):  (Mini Eggplant, Grape Tomatoes, Pickling Cucumbers, Baby Eggplant, Zucchini ) Green Okra, Sweet Potatoes, Amber Oranges  *** Please remember during these HOT HOT months we turn to regional farms to fill our local boxes!**

Organic Bin, Mini (Lacinato Kale, Carrots w Tops, Broccoli, Russet Potatoes, Pomegranate), Macintoch Apples, Yellow Onion

Grab & Go: Carrots w Tops, Pomegranates, Macintosh Apples, Celery, Red Grapes, Cucumbers, Bananas, Italian Salad Mix (prepackaged)

Small Fruit: Pomegranates, Macintosh Apples, Starcrimson Pears

Large Fruit:  Pomegranates, Macintosh Apples, Starcrimson Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Red Grapes, Bananas

Recipes Ideas –

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! Log in your account at fpp.deliverybizpro.com and 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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