Newsletter: Dec 10, 2014

The Holidays are Around the Corner!

Front Porch Pickings and our Farmers will be taking the week of Christmas off this year. There will be no deliveries from Dec 21-27. If your delivery date falls on this week, we welcome you to add a order to the week before or week after by logging on to your online account. However, we will be delivering the week of New Years. During the New Year’s week all deliveries will be made on Wednesday. If you have a Thursday delivery schedule you will receive your box one day early. Please feel free to conatact us if you have any questions.

If you’re traveling this holiday season, suspending your FPP deliveries is easy. Simply login to online account by the Sunday at 10pm before you need to suspend. To suspend, click on the “Skip Deliveries” link in the menu, choose the dates, and save. You will receive an email confirmation within minutes. We can only credit you if you let us know by that time, otherwise we’ll have already ordered your produce! Temporary suspension of deliveries is available year-round, so when you’re on the move, let us know!

Happy Cooking,

The FPP Team

Veggie Unearthed: Tatsoi Spinach

Your Tatsoi spinach came to us from Spring Song Organic Farm, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes. It’s also known by other names, most commonly Asian spinach. This leafy green veggie is a close relative of turnips and bok choy. It has a mild mustard flavor, so it is sometimes referred to as “spinach mustard.” Tatsoi can be used raw or cooked and easily added to any salad or soup where you’d normally incorporate other types of spinach.

Tatsoi

Storage & Prep:

Tatsoi spinach, like most greens, should be eaten as soon as possible. We suggest you refrigerate it unwashed in a glass container or a salad spinner and use it within a few days of your delivery. A little moisture will keep your spinach hydrated and staying fresh longer. Be certain to wash your spinach completely before eating it!

If you’re not going to use your Tatsoi spinach right away, you can freeze it with minimal effort. Just wash it thoroughly then trim leaves off any tough stalks.  Blanch for 1 minute in boiling water then chill in ice water for 1 minute.  Drain and pack in freezer bags, remove air from bags, seal and label.  Freeze for up to 6 months.

Check out these recipes:

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other FPP customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your box.

Gift Local This Holiday and Receive a 15% Discount!

Show your friends, family and business contacts some love with gifts from Front Porch Picking. Of course, you can give the gift of home delivery all year long with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly shares with FPP Gift Certificates, but we’re also excited to offer gift bags and baskets. From now until December 7th, you will receive a 15% discount on all of our gift baskets and bags. No store, no lines, no shopping, no problem – just explore our offerings, choose your local, sustainable gifts and we’ll deliver them to your door. All you have to do is collect the gratitude!

Coffee & Mugs: Together, Sweetwater’s Holiday blend and two ceramic mugs create the perfect warmth for the holiday season. Design of mugs and bags will vary. Holiday or fall designs available. Priced at $28.00 $23.80

coffee

Grits & Meal: For the true Southerner, this gift is pure delight. Grown and ground by Teagan Farms, this local artisan package is made from a 100 year old heirloom corn seed. It includes 1 jar of grits and 1 jar of meal. Holiday jars or plain Ball jars available. Price at $28.00 $23.80

meal

Fall Delectables: A perfect gift giving basket for Thanksgiving includes a Jones Family Apple Butter, Waldoch Honey, a cheese plate, and kitchen towel. Priced at $32.50 $27.20

fallbasket

Pie in a Basket: Love Jones Family Jams? Then you will love this basket! It has everything you need to make the perfect homemade pecan pie. All you need to do is add the butter and water to make the crust. Basket includes 1 Pecan filling, 1 dry ingredient for crust, 1 pie plate, 1 oven mitt, 1 spatula and a kitchen towel. Choose a fall or holiday designs. $38.00  $32.30

Fallpie

Jammin’ Good Time: Includes 4 scrumptious Jones Family Jams for every discriminating palate. Apple Bourbon, Orange Marmalade, Triple Berry, Strawberry-Rhubarb. Priced at $34.00 $28.90

JamBasket

Coffee connoisseur: A handmade wood coffee grinder, crafted by a local Jacksonville artisan, combined with 2 season blends and coffee mugs are sure to bring a smile to any coffee enthusiast! Priced at $98.00 $83.30

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

Local Bin (Mini): (Organic Tatsoi Spinach, Organic Baby Bok Choy, Carrots w/ Tops, Strawberries, Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Ruby Red Grapefruit), Tomatoes, Orange Kabocha

Organic Bin, (Mini): (Red Leaf Lettuce,Haas Avocado, Green Onion, Baby Bok Choy, Navel Oranges, Red Potato) Rutabag Root, Pink Lady Apples

Grab & Go: Organic Red Leaf, Strawberries, Bananas, Carrots with Tops, Tomatoes, Organic Avocado, Ruby Red Grapefruit,  Organic Pink Lady Apples

Fruit (Add-on): (Strawberries, Organic Pink Lady Apples, Organic Navel Oranges, Organic Mango), Organic Bananas, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Organic Anjou Pears

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” link. Simply hit the add button to any of the products you wish to add to your cart. You may change the quantity by changing the number in the text field next to the item and using the ‘x’ icon, you can remove any item in the shopping cart. Hit “Save Changes” for your confirmation. Any problems, just email us at fp@frontporchpickings.com

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Please Return Your Boxes!

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 $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup
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