Newsletter: March 4, 2015

In like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

We welcome March with open arms! The beginning of this month is usually ends our winter cold bursts that threaten the crops like the freezes we had last week. We hope that the farmers do not endure any more hardship on their fields this season. We certainly look forward to the pleasant weather that is all too short here in Florida! You know the weather I’m talking about, the not too hot, not too cold, perfectly breezy kind of day! Though the warm weather may feel like spring we will continue to see “winter” crops for another couple of months. This warm weather gives the farmers time to start seedling for our late April and early May spring harvest when we will be seeing green beans, fairy tale eggplant, summer squashes and my favorite…Blueberries!

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

Local Bin (Mini): (Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Beets, Local Broccoli, Local Brussel Sprouts, **Local Mixed Medley Tomatoes **only in mini) Florida Strawberries, Local Tomatoes (Red, Yellow, Brown Mix) Spring Onions, Red Russian Kale

Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Organic Lacinato Kale, Organic Florida Strawberries, Organic Cauliflower, Organic Navel Oranges), Organic Snow Peas, Organic Russet Potatoes, Local Organic Leeks

Grab & Go: Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Broccoli, Organic Navel Oranges, Florida Strawberries, Local Tomatoes (Red, Brown, Yellow Mix), Organic Bananas, Organic Mango, Organic Cucumber, Organic Haas Avocado

Salad Box: Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Broccoli, Local Spring Onions, Organic Cucumber, Local Mini Bell Peppers, Organic Alfalfa Sprouts, Local Carrots, Local Radicchio, Local Tomatoes on the Vine

Fruit (Add-on): (Florida Strawberries, Organic Blueberries, Organic Mango, Organic Kiwi), Organic Navel Oranges, Organic Bananas, Organic Anjo Pears, Organic Cameo Apples

Smoothie Box: Local Beets, Local Organic Lacinato Kale, Organic Strawberries, Organic Navel Oranges, Organic Blueberries, Organic Lemon, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Anjou Pears

Beets Unearthed!

beets

Your beets came to us from Blue Sky Farm, in Hastings, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

When we were kids, beets were canned or pickled and definitely not among our favorite things to find on our plates. These fresh, delightful beets are sweet and will change your mind! The interior flesh is absolutely gorgeous with a deep burgundy color. Don’t underestimate the power of these guys when roasted and simply paired with goat cheese. Goat cheese pairs so well with beets that there are hundreds of recipes matching up the two!

To store your beets, remove the tops and store the greens separately in a loosely wrapped plastic bag or glass container. The tops are edible and can be used any way you would prepare other greens like spinach or swiss chard. Greens will last just a few days, but the beet roots might last two to four weeks if properly stored. Place your beet roots in another bag and store them in your fridge. As always, don’t wash the greens or the roots until you are ready to prepare them, as moisture will quickly rot both.

Please watch this helpful video on how to clean and prepare fresh beets.

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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