Newsletter: February 18, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day

We have a sweet Valentine’s Day treat that will keep you buzzing! This week, treat yourself to a jar of Waldoch Honey for 25% off! That’s right! A 1lb jar of pure raw honey for just $7.50 and made by the well known beekeeper, George Waldoch. Type the coupon code BEEtheLove when customizing your order. We are offering $2.50 off this week only. Offer Expires February 20 and only while supplies last.

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The Honey Man

George Waldoch, aka “the Honey Man”, is the man behind our Jacksonville honey! He has been beekeeping since he was 6 — that’s when he was “old enough” to help his brothers tend to the beehives on their Minnesota farm. Now in his nineties, he still travels all over north Florida keeping bees and has no plans to retire!

Here is a shot of Mr. Waldoch we took a few year back!

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New FPP Menu Planner

Don’t let eating well be a struggle. 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.

MealPlanner

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

Local Bin (Mini): Local Organic Broccoli, Local Organic Red Romaine, Florida Strawberries, Local Fingerling Potatoes, Local Swiss Chard, Local Honeybell Tangerines), Local White Carrots, Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Local Tomatoes on the Vine
Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Organic Broccoli, Local Organic Red Romaine, Florida Organic Strawberries, Organic Purple Sweet Potatoes, Organic Mixed Medley Tomatoes), Organic Cucumbers, Local Organic Collard Greens, Organic Garlic, Organic Green Beans

Grab & Go: Local Organic Broccoli, Florida Strawberries, Local Honeybell Tangerines, Local White Carrots,  Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Organic Cucumber, Organic Bannaas, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Organic Ambrosia Apples
Salad Box: Local Organic Broccoli, Local White Carrots, Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Organic Cucumber, Local Sweet Mini Peppers, Local Green Onion, Local Mixed Tomatoes, Local Mini Cucumbers
Fruit (Add-on): (Florida Strawberries, Local Honeybell Tangerines, Organic Blueberries, Organic Bosc Pears), Organic Bananas, Organic Ambrosia Apples
Smoothie Box: Florida Organic Strawberries, Honeybell Tangerines, Bananas, Ambrosia Apples, Local Organic Kale,  Mango, Organic Carrots (no tops), Organic Baby Spinach, Local Grapefruit
Addition Items in the Shop: Organic Garlic, Organic Green Beans, Organic Hass Avocado, Local Brussel Sprouts, Local Beets

Strawberries Unearthed!

It’s a magnificent time for strawberries in Florida and with Valentine’s day approaching its the perfect time to highlight these little gems! Strawberries are considered a winter crop in our area, typically coming into season in January and lasting through March or early April. They are high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamin C, containing 75% of the recommended daily value. Strawberries are perfectly delectable on their own, or used in salads, baking, and sweet toppings like jam or salsa.

We’ve had some beautiful berries the last few weeks! To keep them looking good, store your unwashed strawberries in your refrigerator. Wait to wash your berries until you’re ready to prepare or eat them. Excess moisture will cause mold and mushiness. For the very best berry longevity, put a sheet pan lined with paper towels in your fridge and store the berries on it in a single layer without them touching. Ok, we know this isn’t always practical, so we store ours dry in air-tight glass container lined with a paper towel on the bottom to collect any excess moisture. And although we just told you not to wash your berries, we have had a few customers tell us that washing berries in a vinegar bath really helps. The bath makes sense because the vinegar would kill the fungus that causes the berries to get soft spots and then mold. Just be sure to dry the berries! You can check out more information at Momables: http://www.momables.com/how-to-keep-berries-fresher-longer/.

This Valentine’s week we’re featuring a collection of strawberry recipes designed with love in mind. Try sharing some of these sweet, romantic and beautiful recipes with the ones you love.

Strawberry Recipes

Would you like to give your sweetie some of those VERY expensive “tuxedo” decorated strawberries? They are cute as a button, aren’t they? This video will teach you how to make your own at home for the low, low price of a little bit of chocolate!

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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