‘Newsletter: February 25, 2015

Farm Run! Nicole, Co-Owner of FPP, Rides Along for the Day

As a mom of three and a small business owner, peaceful days are few and far between. But on Tuesday, I was able to step away from screaming toddlers and blinking computer screens to ride shot gun on our weekly farm runs.  I’d been looking forward to this day for a while. It turned out to be the kind of day that would have been great if I were a duck! But even a grey, rainy February day in Florida beats a February day in most areas of the country. We drove down winding roads lined with Live Oaks, listening to the hum of the diesel truck, and I enjoyed the company of our problem-solving, keep the truck running, the people happy, warehouse manager — Tom.
Our first stop was Blue Sky Potato farm in Hastings. Potatoes are pretty big business in this part of Florida. Blue Sky has a long standing history of supplying potatoes to our area but also being an advocate for the local food movement. This year they are doubling down on their commitment. Rather than hiring seasonal farm hands to work the fields during the potato harvest, Blue Sky started growing a variety of vegetable crops to extend their season year round. Their efforts provide farm workers and their families more financial stability and increase their quality of life by being able to “settle down”. We are happy to support them! Not only are we receiving beautiful farm fresh goodies but we are all doing are part in providing our local residents a better quality of life! This is Megan- Blue Sky’s hard-working, always cheerful, sales person who is in charge of making this project successful.
We made our way through Jacksonville to meet with local growers who filled our truck with greens and goodies. Happily munching on a few extra French Pantry pesto rolls, Tom and I headed South to Brown’s Farm in Orange Heights. When we arrived at the farm, the tractor was just coming in from the fields filled with soaking wet farm workers and our freshly cut Swiss Chard. Cold and wet, they bathed the greens and packed them into boxes. Though the sun was nearing it’s time to set we knew there was still much to do on the farm. With a rainy winter day in Florida often comes frigid temps and the boys would need to cover the strawberry fields and other crops to protect them from the upcoming freeze. We loaded the truck in a hurry and incredibly thankful for the warmth of the cab! RainyChardBath
As the sky changed from grey to black our day was not over either. Once we arrived at our warehouse in Ormond there was still much to do as we need to unload our bounty and prepare for packing the next morning. Though wet and exhausted, we were energized with the knowledge that we really do know where our food comes from! This experience made me even more appreciative of the work that is done every day— rain or shine — on our small farms. And best of all, I was able to shake the hands and hug the necks of the hard working farmers that have fed my family for the past 5 years.   Nicole Lebron — Co-founder, Customer Service Contact, and Lover of Food and Farmers!
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): (Florida Strawberries, Local Cabbage, Local Purple Potatoes, Local Broccoli, Local Radicchio) Local Grapefruit, Local Tomato Medley, Local Leeks Organic Bin, (Mini): (Florida Organic Strawberries, Organic Sugar Snap Peas, Organic Broccoli, Organic Red Baby Bok Choy, Organic Russet Potatoes), Organic Cucumber, Organic Red Butter Lettuce, Organic Sweet Mini Peppers Grab & Go: Organic Sugar Snap Peas, Organic Cucumber, Organic Red Butter Lettuce, Organic Cameo Apples, Florida Strawberries, Organic Blueberries, Local Honeybell Tangerines, Local Tomatoes on the Vine Salad Box: Local Broccoli, Organic Cucumber, Organic Red Butter Lettuce, Local Leeks, Local Cabbage, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Organic Haas Avacodo Fruit (Add-on): (blueberries, strawberries, Mango, Cameo Apple) Bananas, Honeybell Tangelos, Bosc Pears Smoothie Box: Florida Organic Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Lcoal Grapefruit, Organic Mango, Organic Cameo Apples, Organic Pineapple, Kale, Organic Spinach Addition Items in the Shop: Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, Onions, and more.

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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