With the holidays behind us, many of us made resolutions to get back on track this January! We know how hard it is to eat healthy with life being so busy and food options at every corner. However, we find preparation key to making the most of your box! Not only does properly storing your items keep them staying fresh and crisp, but taking the time to prep items helps shave off time in the kitchen. Making cooking easier reduces our temptation for take out and ensures that we eat every last bite of what was delivered. Ultimately, leaving us with more family time around the dinner table with healthy meals!
Give it a shot! When you get your box this week, take a few extra minutes to pre-cut some of your items and place them in a glass containers. We find this incredibly easy with items like broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. And place lettuce or root greens in a salad spinner. If you don’t have one, we highly recommend it. Just dampen the lettuce or greens lightly and pop in the salad spinner and into the refrigerator. This will keep the lettuce crisp and removes the “I don’t feel like dusting off the spinner” feeling at the end of a long day.
Soups on! What better way to eat your veggies on these cold days we are having? And what could be easier than soup? Well, not much. Instead of discarding our veggie scraps into the trash, we place them in a container located in our freezer to make a broth. At the end of the week we pop in on the stove, add some water, herbs, and seasonings —and Voila — we have broth. It’s easy enough to place the broth in a ball jar and into the freezer for future meals as well. Then, we just add some of new items from our box to give the soup texture. Add some barley or lentils and you have yourself a quick healthy meal on a cold day!
Not sure how to make stock or broth? Check out The Happy Herbivore
The FPP Team
JACKSONVILLE & ST. AUGUSTINE DELIVERY DAY CHANGING TO THURSDAYS!
We are making changes to our delivery schedule to accommodate some of our farmers requests, give you more time to modify your order and get you your food as fresh as possible. As a result we will be able to extend our web store hours to Monday at Noon. We will also be changing the delivery day for Jacksonville, St Augustine deliveries and East Ormond Beach (between I95 and the Intercoastal- not beachside) to Thursday.
OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.
Local Bin (Mini): (Strawberries, Romanesco Cauliflower, Radish, Organic Butter Leaf Lettuce, Brussel Sprouts), Mixed Medley Tomatoes, Organic Green Kale, Grapefruit
Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Butter Leaf Lettuce, Grape Tomatoes, Local Tokyo Turnips, Local Collards, Florida Strawberries) Bananas, Celery, Green Beans
Grab & Go: Organic Celery, Florida Strawberries, Organic Anjou Pears, Organic Sweet Orion Apples, Local Ruby Red Grapefruit, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Radish, Local Mini Cucumbers
Salad Box: Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Organic Celery, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Watermelon and Baby Diakon Radish, Local Mini Cucumbers, Local Green Onions, Local Romanesco Cauliflower
Fruit (Add-on): (Local Strawberries, Organic Anjou Pears, Organic Sweet Orion Apples, Local Navel Oranges), Organic Pineapple, Local Grapefruit
Addition Items in the Shop: Fingerling Potatoes, Beets with Tops, Organic Swiss Chard (you are welcome), fingerlinf potatoes, Organic Juicing carrots, Organic Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli
Recipes Ideas –
- Balsalmic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Kale and White Bean Soup
- Strawberry Aqua Fresca
- Radish with Creamy Ricotta
- Butter Leaf Lettuce and Beet Salad
This week’s Veggie Unearthed is especially exciting because it’s just cool. It’s a beautiful, bright lime green color with a fractal shape. The definition of a fractal is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. This means that each little pattern in your cauliflower repeats on an increasingly larger scale called “recursion,” giving your cauliflower a geometric cool factor beyond compare. It’s almost too beautiful to eat, but too tasty to pass up!
The flavor is like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower with a sweet nuttiness, but is not a broccoflower in species. It is often referred to as “Broccolo Romanesco” or “Roman Broccoli.” It’s called a cauliflower or broccoli interchangeably in recipes and you can use it in any recipe calling for either, though the texture will resemble cauliflower. It looks like something out of The Matrix, but it has been cultivated since the 16th century in Italy. It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants, but is naturally low in calories. We suggest consumption within three days, but if you wrap it loosely in a plastic bag, it could keep for up to a week.
For more information and a preparation demonstration, please watch this helpful video.
- Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower
- Romanesco Cauliflower Pasta
- Simple Garlic Romanesco Broccoli
- Broccoli Romanesco with Parmesan
- Romanesco with Green Olives & Capers
- Pan Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Peas
- Spicy Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower & Tomatoes
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Returning your produce box 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!