FPP Newsletter: March 18, 2015

Friendly Reminder to Keep Our Boxes Looking their Best!

We remind our customers often to be sure to return boxes and you’re all doing a great job! The box we give you is a cardboard box covered in a food grade wax that prolongs its life, allowing us to use a box several times before it is finally discarded. This helps us keep our costs down and keeps your membership affordable.

We know our customers care about the environment and want to keep their footprint small. For that reason, we’d like to remind you that your boxes need a little protection. The best way to be sure your box is reused is to store it somewhere indoors away from pets and children. Direct sunlight and moisture break down boxes. If we find pet hair, toys, marker or crayon, spills or any other dirt on the box, we do not reuse it. Your comfort, safety and satisfaction will always be our top priority.

Most importantly, please do not push the flaps down inside the box as in the photo below. Such abuse lowers the box’s self-esteem rendering it incapable of supporting others. If we used a box with “broken” flaps, your produce would be squashed under the weight of the boxes stacked on top of it. So please be kind to the flaps!

We hope these simple guidelines will increase the number of boxes we can reuse again and again. Please remember, there is a $5.00 fee for boxes that are not returned. Thank you for your help and cooperation!

Pin It, Post It, Tweet It! Enter to Win Continues Through March 31st

You guessed it, we are talking social media. When you’re connected with FPP, you won’t be left in the dark on what to do with all your goodies! As a customer you will learn more about the farms your food comes from and what to do with it! We’ve got hundreds of recipe ideas and pictures of yummy creations. From now until the end of March when you connect with us on social media you will be entered to win! One lucky winner will be randomly drawn from each of the categories below. Join all four and enter to win as many times as you wish.

Pinterest

Facebook: FrontPorchPickings

  • Post a picture of your meal creations or a picture of our fresh produce on our facebook page. Include a sentence or two on how much you love FPP and you will be entered to win a 1lb Sweetwater Coffee!

Pinterest: fporchpickings

  • Pin a recipe to the Customer Creation folder and you will be entered to win a 1lb jar of Waldoch Raw Honey. To pin to our site, please email fp@frontporchpickings.com. We will send you an invitation to pin to our site!

Twitter: @FPPproduce

  • Tweet a picture of your meal creations or a picture of our fresh produce. Include a blurb telling your friends how much you love FPP and you will be entered to win a jar of Jones Family Jams. Don’t forget to tag @FPPproduce

Instagram: FPPproduce

  • Post a picture of one your meal creations or a picture of our fresh produce. Include a sentence or two on how much you love FPP and you will be entered to win 1 bar of Aquarian Bath Soap. Don’t forget to tag @FPPproduce

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This Week’s Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, The Family Garden Organic Farm, Hoover Family Organic Farm, Blue Sky Potato Farm, Beli Farm, Frog Song Organic Farm, Uncle Matt’s Organic Citrus

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

Local Box (Mini): (Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Local Organic Napa Cabbage, Local Purple Cauliflower, Local Carrots, Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Local Organic Chiaggo Beets), Local Kohlrabi, Local Strawberries
Organic Box, (Mini): (Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Local Organic Green Onions, Organic Snow Peas, Organic Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Organic Swiss Chard, Local Organic Rutabaga Root), Local Organic Napa CabbageLocal Organic Strawberries
Grab & Go: Local Strawberries, Organic Altuflo Mango, Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Organic Ambrosia Apples, Local Purple Cauliflower, Local Carrots, Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Organic Tomatoes on the Vine
Salad Box: Local Purple Cauliflower, Local Carrots, Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Local Organic Green Onions, Organic Tomatoes on the Vine, Organic Cucumber, Local Sweet Small Peppers, Local Organic Baby Arugula
Fruit (Add-on): (Organic blueberries, Local Strawberries, Organic Altuflo Mango, Florida Organic Valencia Oranges), Organic Bananas, Organic Bartlett Pear, Organic Ambrosia Apples
Smoothie Box: Organic Blueberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Bartlett Pear, Organic Altuflo Mango, Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Local Organic Strawberries, Local Organic Kale

Recipes Ideas – Check out our Pinterest Board or click on the item above!

Rutabaga Unearthed!

Your Rutabage Roots (no tops) came to us from The Family Garden, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Do not be intimidated by the sturdiness of the rutabaga. This Russian babushka of a veggie has all sorts of goodness stored inside, including fiber, potassium and Vitamin C. You can put it in your fridge’s veggie drawer for up to two weeks or in a cool, dry place at room temperature for up to one week.

To prepare, be sure to wash well, then peel using a sturdy veggie peeler or paring knife. Rutabaga’s natural armor can be tough, so if you have trouble, you can try giving it a spin in the microwave. Some rutabagas have wax on them, so put a dish under it and cover it loosely, then microwave for 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the rutabaga. Let cool, then the skin should be easier to peel off. As with any round veggie, slice a bit off one side or chop down the middle to give yourself a flat surface to work from. No one wants to explain a rutabaga injury.

Rutabagas behave much like any other root vegetable. Sweeter than the turnip, it mashes beautifully and plays nicely with other root veggies roasted, steamed, braised or boiled.

For more information and a preparation demonstration, please watch this helpful video.

Rutabaga Recipes

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other FPP customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your box. You can also email us at fp@frontporchpickings.com.

 

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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