Newsletter: May, 27 2015

FPP to Start Delivering Eggs & Cheese!

Good news for all those folks who have been patiently waiting for our new certification. We are now able to add dairy to our online store! We spent hours this week chatting with farmers and producers and are excited to introduce Wainsright Dairy Cheese (Pasteurized and Raw) and Lake Natural Meadows Free Range Eggs (non-GMO) this week. We know many of you have been waiting! We will be adding more products to our store over the next few weeks.
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Lake Meadows Naturals

Lake Meadows Natural, located in Ocoee, FL, is owned and farmed by Dale Volkert. Dale moved to Central Florida in 2000 and purchased the property on Lake Meadow.The day the property closed, chickens were delivered in honor of his father — 44 years to the date of his father’s first flock delivery. He even received the chickens from the same hatchery.

Dale started small, giving away most eggs to his friends and selling some through Local Harvest. All the chickens are free-range, roaming pastures and eating bugs! He feeds good quality, vegeterian feed and does not use antibiotics. With his passion for clean and humanely produced food, Dale expanded Lake Meadow Naturals visibility by joining Slow Foods Orlando.  Today, the success of his farming is shared in the culinary world, health stores, markets, and now FPP!

Wainright Dairy

Wainright Dairy, a 300+ acres dairy farm located in Live Oak, FL, is owned and operated by the Wainwright family.  Their farm produces milk and cheese “the way God intended” — all natural. The farm uses no hormones or antibiotics and their grasses are non-GMO crops . The happy cows graize in the pasture except for when they are being milked twice a day.

Carl Wainwright began in the dairy industry in 1958 working for Gustafson’s in Green Cove Springs. In the late 60’s along with his wife, Gail, he started farming in Suwannee County. As their family grew, their dream of a family farm became a reality. Their sons, James and Roy ,work at the dairy and their daughters, Lisa and Cheryl (and their families), help in the cheese plant. Using fresh milk, the Wainwrights make cheese twice weekly. It truly has become a family operation! 

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, Spells Mangoes

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Local Box (Mini):  (Local Organic Blueberries, S. Florida Mango, Local Organic Acorn Squash, Local Organic New Potatoes, Local Banana Pepper, Local Okra), Local Organic Red Onion, Local Galia Melon

Organic Box, (Mini): (Organic Green Beans, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Local Organic Blueberries, Local Organic Red Onion, Organic Yellow Squash, Local Organic Acorn Squash) Organic Grapes, Organic Nectarines

Grab & Go: Organic Baby Carrots, Local Organic Cucumber, Organic Grapes, Organic Green Beans, Local Organic Cantaloupe, S. FL Mango, Local Organic Blueberries, Organic Nectarines

Salad Box: Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Baby Carrots, Local Banana Peppers, Local Organic Red Onion, Local Organic Cucumber, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Radish

Fruit (Add-on): (Local Organic Blueberries, S. FL Mango, Local Organic Personal Watermelon, Organic Nectarines), Local Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Grapes

Smoothie Box: Organic Grapes, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Banana, Organic Juicing Greens, Organic Valencia Oranges, S. FL Mango, Organic Nectarines

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Recipes Ideas –

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


Veggie Unearthed: Okra

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

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is the beautiful pod, okra. Now don’t be scared! Okra is not the mush slimy veggies that Gramma used to make. This summer item can be beautifully prepared by roasting, grilling, and sautéing. Traditional okra recipes include gumbo, soups and casseroles.

Okra  is originally from Africa and was brought to the United States in the 1700’s. In other countries it is also known as Lady Fingers. It’s best when picked around 3 inches or less in size. As most vegetables, the smaller the item, the more tender and flavorful. One cup of okra is only 33 calories — so don’t hold back!

Place your okra from this week’s box right into your refrigerator. Okra is best stored in a brown paper bag and will hold up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Please watch the video to help make your okra crispy!

Unearthed 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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