Newsletter: April 15, 2015

Join the FPP Team

If you are looking for a way to get involved in the local food movement we’d love to hear from you! We are looking for hard working folks to join the Packing Team on Wednesdays and Area Coordinators in the Sandford/Lake Mary area for Thursdays.

Packing Team: Packers are an integral part of our team! We are looking for diligent players who takes pride in hand-selecting the food our customers’ receive. The packing team works all day Wednesdays at our Ormond Beach facility lifting heavy boxes, understanding produce quality, and gently packing customer orders’. There is no doubt this position will work your muscles! But it will give you the satisfaction of being your part of our local food movement.

Area Coordinators: Our coordinators are independent contractors who live in and around the neighborhoods we deliver. This is a great position for a stay at home mom, dad, retiree or student who is who is looking to make a little extra income working a few hours a week. Please contact us if you are well connected in your community and would like to help grow our service by recruiting new FPP members and delivering produce boxes to our customers’ homes. You’ll need to have a reliable vehicle with some cargo capacity, and be ready to provide great service to your customers. Other delivery areas will be opening up in the near future as well, so we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested.

For more information contact fp@frontporchpickings.com


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, Beli Farm, Witt Road Organic Farm

Local Box (Mini): (Local Organic Blueberries, Local Brocolli, Local Baby Red Beets with Tops, Local Romaine Lettuce, Local Organic Dino Kale), Local Sweet Peppers, Local Sweet Onion, Local Yellow Squash
Organic Box, (Mini): (Local Organic Blueberries, Organic Fingerling Potatoes, Organic Green Beans, Florida Organic Zucchini, Local Organic Collard Greens, Local Organic Baby Red Romaine Lettuce), Local Organic Spring Onions, Organic Grape Tomatoes
Grab & Go: Local Organic Blueberries, Local Strawberries, Organic Kiwi, Local Broccoli, Local Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Green Beans, Local Cucumbers, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Organic Bartlett Pears
Salad Box: Local Broccoli, Local Romaine Lettuce, Local Organic Baby Red Romaine, Local Cucumbers, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Organic Avocado, Organic Alfalfa Sprouts, Local Panther Green Cauliflower, Local Carrots
Fruit (Add-on): (Local Organic Blueberries, Local Strawberries, Organic Kiwi, Organic Barlett Pear), Organic Pineapple, Organic Banana, Organic Ataulfo Mango
Smoothie Box: Local Organic Blueberries, Local Strawberries, Organic Kiwi, Organic Barlett Pear, Organic Pineapple, Organic Banana, Organic Ataulfo Mango, Organic Avocado, Organic Green Kale, Organic Baby Spinach

Recipes Ideas –

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


Veggie Unearthed: Organic Blueberries

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Your organic blueberries came to us from Blue Bayou in Yalaha, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Grown just south of the Ocala National Forest and just north of Orlando, blueberries from Blue Bayou berries are the first of the season for our local boxes.There are several types of blueberries, each different in color, size, and flavor but also harvesting time. In general, we see blueberries in our local boxes from Mid April to Mid July, starting the harvest in Central Florida and moving up to Southern Georgia by Mother’s Day. The Windsor and Emerald varieties in our boxes this week are known to be larger in size and to have a sweet, mild flavor.

Blueberries don’t really need an introduction as they generally don’t make it from the box to the refrigerator in most houses without being gobbled up. They are a perfect little snack. However, blueberries are a great addition to salads, muffins, crepes, eggs, and meat. Yes, I said meat! Get creative in the kitchen this week. High in Vitamin C & K, just one cup will give about 25% of your daily recommended value.

Store your unwashed berries in the refrigerator. Water will quickly deteriorate the quality of the berries so be sure to only wash what you’re about to eat. Freezing blueberries is also an easy option and a perfect treat as-is or in smoothies. Place the dry berries in one layer onto a flat sheet pan and into your freezer. Periodically shake the berries on the tray to prevent freezing to the sheet. Once frozen, transfer the berries into a freezer bag.

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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