Newsletter: Jan. 29, 2015

Making the Most of your Produce – Pt. 3

How do you pack your morning with a punch? Smoothies! It’s a super nutritious way to start your day, takes less than 5 minutes, and is a great way to get through the greens in the box. Don’t be skeered! They taste great too. The best news…FPP is rolling out a new “Smoothie” box this week just for those of you who love to juice, smoothie, or would love to get started! This box will feature seasonal items that rotate each month based off of 3-4 different recipes. Feeling confident? Spice it up by customizing with your favorites.

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Just Starting Out?

We know smoothies can be overwhelming when just starting out but let us help take the stress out of it! The price of the high powered blenders have a lot of people putting the idea on the back burner. But you can smoothie with just about any blender. However, the consistency and texture will get smoother the higher the price of the blender. We tested the Oster Versa this week. I picked one up at Tuesday Morning for just $139. The fact that its said it could do nut butters had me curious, as this blender would be considered an entry level price. And wow, we were extremely happy with the results! When it comes to smoothies, we found if we use the “smoothie” setting, we just need to run it twice. But hey, I will take twice the time over twice the price when we are talking about an extra 45 seconds!

Now when it comes to recipes, don’t be worried about being exact! Use what’s in your fridge, mixing greens with fruit. Depending on your blender, give root veggies (like beets and carrots) a try. You can even add raw oats, raw buckwheat, or nuts to pack in a little more substance or protein. To get the smooth consistency always add a banana or avocado.

Here are a couple “toddler approved” smoothies we threw together this week:

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Green Smoothie
  • Ice
  • Handful of spinach (about 1 cup)
  • Handful of kale (about 1 cup)
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 pear, cored (can substitute with apple)
  • 1 banana
  • Cubed pineapple (about 1/2 cup)
  • A handful of raw buckwheat

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Root & Berry Smoothie

  • Ice
  • Handful of kale (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium beat
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 3/4 frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Want to know more about choosing blenders? Check out a previous blog post written by Kim Hodges

 

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

Local Bin (Mini): (Red Russian Kale, Kohrabi, Honeybell Tangelos, Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Tomatoes on the Vine), Romanesco Cauliflower, Baby Bunching Onions, Strawberries
Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Chiogga Beets, Local Broccoli, Local Asian Braising Green Boquets, Local Baby Red Romaine, Local Strawberries), Hass Avocado, Carrots, Ambrosia Apples
Grab & Go: Organic Ambrosia Apples, Sweet mini Peppers, Carrots, Broccoli, Honeybell Tangelos, Baby Red Romaine, Mixed Medley Tomatoes
Salad Box: Baby Red Romaine,Sweet Mini Peppers, Broccoli, Tatsoi Spinach, Babu Bunching Onions, Mini cucumbers, Mixed Medley Tomatoes
Fruit (Add-on): (Ambrosia Apples, Strawberries, Honeybell Tangelos, Bananas), Mangoes, Concord Pears
NEW!! Smoothie Box: Ambrosia Apples, Mangoes, Tatsoi Spnach, Navel Oranges, Dino Kale, Bananas, Ginger, Strawberries *Additional Items needed to make recipes in Smoothie Box: Unsweetened Cocoa, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Peanut or Almond Butter
Addition Items in the Shop:  Organic Lemons, Parsley, Collard Greens, Cabbage, Fingerling Potatoes and more

Kolrabi Unearthed!

Kohlrabi

That little purple Sputnik in your bin this week isn’t alien in origin – it’s a kohlrabi! It’s a marriage of two German words, kohl (cabbage) and rabi (turnip). It’s low in calories and contains no fat or cholesterol, yet a half cup serving gives you 70% of your vitamin C for the day. Store your little veggie satellite by trimming any greens (can be used as you would beet greens) and placing in the highest humidity portion of your fridge.

Kolrabi can be eaten raw or cooked and taste quite a bit like broccoli stems with a bit of radish flavor, yet behave a bit more like potatoes in texture. Try steamed with buttered and nutmeg, boiled for a puree, shredded into slaw, or simply peel, salt and munch raw. If you’re grilling, consider peeling, cubing, drizzle with olive oil and seasoning. Wrap in a foil packet and place onto the grill.

For a beautiful, healthy recipe, try Greek-Style Kohlrabi – pears, honey, feta cheese and dates – yum!

 

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!

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