Newsletter: March 25, 2015

Get to Know Your Farmer — Frog Song Organics

Amy showing off her lettuce. Find the original picture on their facebook page.

John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik, husband and wife team, own and operate a small organic farm just west of Gainesville, FL called Frog Song Organics. After graduating from University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the couple broke ground on their farm in October of 2011 and have been Certified Organic by QCS since March of 2012. They are proud to be producing healthy and fresh food and we are proud to call them one of our own farmers!

Their goal is to develop a sustainable business which will provide healthy food and jobs in our community. Amy and John continually work to improve the sustainability of their operation and build the soil so that it can produce high quality crops. This includes avoiding synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, saving seeds, and finding local fertilizer sources. Their produce is picked fresh for our boxes with minimum time from the dirt to your doorstep. This week, we will enjoy Mizuna and Sweet Potatoes from their farm.

Check out the video they recently produced:

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.


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 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


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, Duda Farms

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

Local Box (Mini): (Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Local Organic Broccoli, Local Organic Mizuna Greens, Florida Organic Celery, Local Spring Onions, Local Organic Mini Red Romaine Lettuce, Local Gold Potatoes) Local Strawberries, Local Carrots
Organic Box, (Mini): (Local Organic Broccoli, Local Organic Mizuna,  Local Organic Mini Red Romaine Lettuce, Organic Ataulfo Mango, Organic Green Beans, Organic Sweet Mini Peppers, Local Organic Sweet Potatoes)
Grab & Go:  Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Local StrawberriesLocal Organic BroccoliLocal Organic Mini Red Romaine LettuceFlorida Organic Celery, Organic Bartlett Pears, Organic Honeydew Melon
Salad Box: Local Organic BroccoliLocal Organic Mini Red Romaine LettuceFlorida Organic CeleryLocal Carrots, Local Large Sweet Pepper, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local ArugulaLocal Mini Cucumbers
Fruit (Add-on): (Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Local Strawberries, Organic Honeydew Melon, Organic Bartlett Pears) Altauflo Mango, Organic Blueberries, Organic Bananas
Smoothie Box: Florida Organic Valencia Oranges, Organic Bananas, Organic Blueberries, Local Organic Strawberries, Organic Pineapple, Local Organic Kale, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Altauflo Mango

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

 Mizuna Unearthed!


Your Mizuna came to us from Frog Song Organic Farm, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Do not be intimidated by the new green! Mizuna is a Japanese leafy mustard green that brings a bit of a peppery or spicy taste to your table. Known to be the mildest of the mustard greens, its great raw. In fact, you can use it much like you would Arugula  — in salads, in pesto, or as pizza toppings. However, you can also saute or stir fry this green much like you would other greens or spinach. On a cold day, it’s perfect added to soups.

This green packs in a nutritional power punch! Just one cup of greens contains 33% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A and 66% of Vitamin C. It is also a rich source of minerals including calcium and iron. Store your Mizuna in the refrigerator. Be sure to dampen the leaves slightly and place in plastic or glass container to retain the moisture. Too much water or storing in plastic bags may cause the greens to rot. This is where we highly recommend using your salad spinner!

Mixuna 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


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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