Newsletter: April 8, 2015

New Blends from Yaupon Asi Tea!

Yaupon Asi Tea is grown, harvested, and packaged right in our back yard. Originally known as “Asi” to the Timucua Indians of North and Central Florida, this tea was used in the most revered ceremonies, limited to high-status tribal elders and guests. Thanks to New Smyrna residents (and brothers), Bryon and Kyle, who have brought Yaupon Asi Tea to all of us — no matter our status. And now the “Original Tea of Florida” comes in flavors! We are excited to add Chocolate Chai Tea and Coconut Lavender Tea to our shop. Both teas will be available for your next delivery.

Chocolate Chai Tea: Spicy and aromatic, this classic chai has all the subtle notes of Yaupon. The light chocolate flavor is not overpowering, but present in the nose and the finish. Ingredients include Organic Fire-roasted Yaupon, Cardamom Pods, Ginger, Rooibos, Dark Chocolate, Natural Chocolate Flavor.

Coconut Lavender: Strong tropical aroma to the nose, this tea has honey and hay characteristic of Florida Yaupon with notes of lavender and coconut. It’s refreshing and delicious! Ingredients include a combination of wild-crop Yaupon, Red Rooibos, Coconut Flake, and Summer Lavender, and Organic Essential Oils.

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What’s not to love? Its completely LOCAL, NATIVE, and SUSTAINABLE! Yaupon is part of the Holly Family and is native to a few southern states, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. Yaupon Asi Tea uses 100% Florida grown leaves, harvested in Volusia County. The leaves are roasted or dried to make a  smooth and mild flavored tea that is naturally caffeinated and rich in antioxidants. Because there are nearly no tannins, the tea has a natural sweetness and is never bitter.

You will find Yaupon Asi Teas in our online store!

Sweet Sipping!


Next Week’s Harvest

Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, Hoover Family Organic Farm, Blue Bayou Organic Blueberry Farm, Blue Sky Potato Farm, Beli Farm, Frog Song Organic Farm, Uncle Matt’s Organic Citrus, Fresh Start Hydroponic Farm

Local Box (Mini): (Local Organic Blueberries, Local Carrots with Tops, Local Swiss Chard, Local Organic Red Romaine, Local Red Potatoes) Local Mini Cucumbers, Local Small Winter Slicing Tomatoes, Local Sugar Snap Peas
Organic Box, (Mini): Local Organic BlueberriesOrganic Gold Beets, Organic Zucchini, Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Organic Dino Kale, Local Organic Valencia Oranges) Organic Asparagus,
Grab & Go: Organic Gala Apples, Organic Tommy Adkins Mango, Local Organic Blueberry, Organic Kiwi, Local Carrots wth Tops, Local Organic Red Romaine, Local Mixed Medley Tomato, Local Mini Cukes
Salad Box: Local Carrots wth Tops, Local Organic Red Romaine, Local Mixed Medley Tomato, Local Mini Cukes, Local Mini Sweet Bell Peppers, Organic Haas, Local Broccoli
Fruit (Add-on): Organic Gala Apples, Organic Mango, Local Organic Blueberry, Local Strawberries, Local Organic Valencia Oranges, Organic Banana, Organic Kiwi, Organic Bartlett Pear
Smoothie Box: Organic Mango, vLocal Organic Valencia Ooranges, Organic Pineapple, Local Organic Dino kale, Organic Grapefruit, Organic Banana, Organic Kiwi, Local Organic Blueberry, Organic Baby Spinach

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

**please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.


Veggie Unearthed: Mini Cucumbers

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Your mini cucumbers came to us from Beli Farms in Wellbourn, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Grown in a greenhouse from non-GMO German seeds, Beli Farms offers cucumbers months before they are available in the fields. We generally include mini cukes in our boxes from January through July of each year. With less than 10 calories per half cup, this mild flavored veggie is a perfect for snacking. Pair with hummus, add to a smoothie, or top your salads with these crunchy little guys. No need for cooking! However, did you know that you could bake cucumbers? Julia Childs put together a couple of variations: Baked Parslied Cucumbers and Baked Creamed Cucumber recipes!

Do not store your cucumbers on the counter as they will get soft very quickly. Cucumbers can stay fresh and crisp for about 5-7 days, but only if you store in the veggie drawer of your refrigerator. They can also be frozen if they are prepared in brine prior to freezing. You can get more information on freezing cucumbers in this step by step recipe at allrecipes.com.

Unearthed 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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