Newsletter: May 21, 2015

Getting to Know Jones Family Jams

Inside most every local company is an awesome story! Kristy Jones, of Jones Family Jams, started her business here in Orange Park in 2013. She was looking to make a little extra money on the weekends and had no idea that it would turn into a full-time labor of love. Each month she turns out nearly 1000 jars and sells to customers at local farmers markets and through businesses like Front Porch Pickings.
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Taught by her MawMaw, Kristy started making jams when she was 8. It was family tradition to learn how to preserve when tall enough to see over the stove! Some of the flavors rotate with the season, as she works with local farmers (and FPP) to include local fruit in her creations. Made in small batches, Kristy’s jams are always fresh and include all natural ingredients that you can pronounce — which is very important to all of us. If you haven’t checked out her jams yet, be sure to add one from our shop this week. Our personal favorites are Blueberry Peach, Carmel Apple, and Champagne Mango.
If you have any questions please contact us at fp@frontporchpickings.com.


Next Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Blue Sky Farm, Brown’s Farm, Hoover Organic Farm, Harriett’s Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm, Frog Song Organic Farm, Beli Farms, Long & Scott Farm, KYV Organic Farm, Fish Farm

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Local Box (Mini):  (Local Organic Blueberries, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Mixed Summer Squash, Local Yellow Wax Beans, Local Canary Melon, Local Potatoes) Local Mini Cukes, Local Organic Sweet Onion, Local Green Bell Pepper

Organic Box, (Mini): (Local Organic Blueberries, Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Local Organic Eggplant, Local Organic Spaghetti Squash, Local Organic Roma Beans, Local Organic Corn), Local Organic Cantaloupe, Local Organic Cucumber

Grab & Go: Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Mini Cukes, Organic Bananas, Local Organic Blueberries, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Grapes, Local Multi Color Peppers, Organic Mango

Salad Box: Organic Baby Spinach, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Organic Sweet Onion, Local Mini Cukes, Local Green Bell Pepper, Organic Romaine Lettuce, Local Organic Corn, Organic Avocado

Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Bananas, Local Organic Blueberries, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Mango), Organic Grapes, Organic Gala Apples, Organic Anjou Pears

Smoothie Box: Organic Banana, Organic Gala Apples, Organic Mango, Organic Baby Kale, Organic Peaches, Organic Pineapple, Organic Baby Spinach, Local Organic Blueberries, Organic Orange

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Recipes Ideas –

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


Veggie Unearthed: Wax Beans

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Your wax beans came to us from Brown’s Farms, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is a lovely, buttery yellow bean which can be used in the same ways you’d use a green bean. They are in season from late spring to early summer. They have a slightly richer flavor than the common green bean yet they have that same fresh crunch. It’s not much of a surprise that wax beans are nutritious. Four ounces will only set you back about 20 calories and they are packed with Vitamins A and C.

Be sure to wash your wax beans thoroughly. Preparation duties are minimal, but most folks prefer to snap the very tips off and then snap into the desired length before cooking. Bean snapping is a time honored kid-job, so if you’re looking for ways to involve the smaller people in cooking, this might be the ideal activity.

You can store your wax beans in the crisper in an open plastic bag for several days, but if you see them start to go limp, go ahead and cook them.

To see a recipe demonstration for Mushroom Paprikash with Creamed Wax Beans, please watch this helpful video.

Wax Bean Recipes


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 our 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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