Newsletter: Feb 11, 2014

It’s All About Planning!

Don’t let eating well be a struggle. As an FPP customer, half the battle has been conquered with online shopping and convenient delivery! Menu planning helps tackle the other half of the battle — what to cook each day. To make meal planning as easy as possible, we have created a meal planner that is designed for you to peel off the sticker located on your produce box and place it right on the paper! Easy breezy. Now, take a look at your list and create your meals around the contents of your order. If you want to plan early just write down your produce list instead. Click here for the full size PDF Version: FPP-MenuPlanner3.

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New Smoothie Box

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 rolled out a new “Smoothie” box last 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.

Want to learn more about Green Smoothies? See our Jan 29th blog post.

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

Local Bin (Mini): Florida Strawberries, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Dancy Tangerines, Red Leaf Lettuce, Ginger), Red Potatoes, Spring Onions, Multi Color Tomatoes
Organic Bin, (Mini): 
(Sugar Snap Peas, Swiss Chard, Grape Tomatoes, Red Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries), Braeburn Apples, Celery, Butternut Squash
Grab & Go: Sugar Snap Peas, Braeburn Apples, Celery, Cauliflower, Dancy Tangerines, Red Leaf Lettuce, Blueberry
Salad Box: Red Leaf Lettuce, Mini Peppers, Broccoli, Mixed Medley Radishes, Spring Onions, Mixed Medley Tomatoes, Mini Cucumbers
Fruit (Add-on): Braebrun Apples, Anjou Pears, Strawberries, Blueberries, Dancy Tangerines, Honeybell Tangelos, Banananas
NEW!! Smoothie Box: Braeburn Apples, Anjou Pears, Hass Avocado, Dino Kale, Baby Spinach, Bananas, Ginger, Blueberries, Strawberries
Addition Items in the Shop: Brussel Sprouts, Beets with Tops, Turnips with Tops, Swiss Chard, Butterleaf Lettuce

Recipes Ideas –

Ginger Unearthed!

We have a special treat in our local box this week — Ginger! Grown by Sunsplash Farms of New Smyrna, the ginger is grown within 100 miles of most our customers’ homes. Indigenous to southern China, the plant spread to other parts of Asia and then to West Africa and the Caribbean. Ginger is a very pretty flowering plant. However, the root itself is used as a spice in many cultures and is well know for its medicinal properties to help nausea and calm upset stomachs.

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Everyone has their own way of storing ginger, but we are partial to peeling, cutting into workable sizes, and freezing. To reduce the chance of freezer burn, cover with plastic wrap and use good quality freezer bags. This method is perfect for keeping ginger longer, especially if you only cook with fresh ginger occasionally. In addition, it makes grating ginger much easier!

In the past, our customers have given rave reviews of the Sunsplash ginger, saying the flavor and texture far exceed the ginger bought at the grocery store. Due to its very short farm-to-table timeframe, freshly picked ginger tends to be less fibrous and more vibrant in flavor. Use it in your daily smoothies, stir fries, and to spice up poultry, pork, or beef. Below are recipe ideas:

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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