FPP Newsletter: June 10, 2015

Getting to Know Happy-Go-Lucky Foods’ Co-Owner, Jenna Kranz

We can’t tell you how exciting it is for us to be adding more items to our store. Last week, we met with the super fun-loving Jenna Kranz, co-owner of Happy-Go-Lucky Foods. We knew it was a match made in heaven within minutes of meeting her! Not only do the granola bars and hummus taste amazing, but she’s super conscious about what goes into her products. Baking with as much organic ingredients as possible, she and her partner, John, create small-batch artisan goods and specialize in vegan and gluten-free happiness! Get to know Happy-Go-Lucky by reading our interview below.

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When did you start creating and selling granola bars and other artisan goods? We started selling granola bars under Florida Cottage Law in December of 2013. The “company” didn’t have a name because it was a winter break experiment. We sold out the first time we went to the farmers market, and I just couldn’t believe it. So we kept at it and named the company Happy-Go-Lucky Granola. We kept adding varieties, tweaking the recipes, and offering seasonal flavors. We didn’t add hummus until July of 2014 when we were fully licensed and cooking out of a commercial facility. Then, funny enough, we had to change the name because we just didn’t sell granola bars anymore. We’re now Happy-Go-Lucky Foods, and the rest is delicious history.

Where did you learn how to cook? Was there a special person who inspired you in the kitchen? I’m a self-taught cook. I’ve always been a tinkerer in the kitchen, for as long as I can remember anyway. I started watching the Food Network when I was 12, and have been a foodie my whole life. My parents always said that I would choose going out to dinner over a new toy. What five year old does that? As for John, his mother is a fantastic baker. He learned from her, but now he can teach her a thing or two. I think he loves that.

Why is the use of organic, gluten, and dairy free ingredients important to you? The ingredients we use are more than just important. I think they reflect our ethos as a company. Our slogan, “…for the conscious foodie,” isn’t just a tagline. It’s how we choose to eat and want people to feel good about the food they’re eating. We use as many organic ingredients as we can and we like to support other small businesses along the way by buying our stuff from them. As, as for the vegan side of things, we know a lot of vegans that always say they have trouble finding treats they genuinely love to eat. We’re happy to fill that void. We’re proud of what we do.

What is your favorite part about living in the Daytona Beach area? I love being able to garden year-round and walk to the beach.  And I really love my community and especially my farmers market. I love the people I’ve met and am proud to be a Daytona Beach resident. I said “love” a lot. I’m OK with that.

Do you have a special recipe you’d like to share with our FPP Customers? I have so many recipes I love. I’m a food blogger for fun and have buily up quite the library. I think my new favorite is a curried roasted sweet potato soup. Here’s the link: http://deliciousdaydreams.com/2015/02/19/freakin-5-star-restaurant-curried-sweet-potato-and-coconut-milk-soup/

If you know a great local business making amazing products, please contact us at fp@frontporchpickings.com.

Next Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Beli Farms, Blue Sky Farm, Brown’s Farm, KYV Organic Farm, Harriett’s Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm, Hoover Organic Farm, The Family Garden Organic Farm

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Local Box (Mini):  (Local Black Eye Peas, SC Peaches, Local Organic Blueberries, Local Zucchini, Local Sweet Peppers or Local Organic Bell Peppers), Local Organic Sungold Tomatoes, Local Gold Potatoes

Organic Box, (Mini): (Local Organic Blueberries, Organic Broccoli, Organic Onion, Local Organic Fairytale Eggplant, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Local Organic Peter Wilcox Potatoes) Local Organic Sungold Tomatoes, Local Organic Cucumber, Organic Green Kale

Grab & Go: Local Organic Blueberries, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Grapes, Local Sweet Peppers, Local Tomatoes on the VIne, Local Mini Cucumbers, Organic Baby Carrots, SC Peaches

Salad Box: Local Mini Cucumbers, Organic Broccoli, Organic Onion, Local Organic Sungold Tomatoes, Local Organic Bell Peppers, Organic Romaine Hearts, Organic Spinach

Fruit (Add-on): (Local Organic Blueberries, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Bananas, SC Peaches) Organic Grapes, Organic Pink Crisp Apples

Smoothie Box: Organic Banana, Organic Green Kale, Local Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Spinach, Organic Gala Apples, Organic Mango, SC Peaches, Local Organic Blueberries

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Recipes Ideas –

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


Veggie Unearthed: Southern Peas

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Your Black Eye Peas came to us from Brown’s Farms of Orange Heights, FL, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Southern Peas like White Acre, Black Eyes and Zippers are used as a cover crop during the less abundant Florida summers to replace nutrients and keep soil from eroding. Luckily for us, peas are also grown to make our mouths water. They make nutritious and delicious meals with a good source of protein and dietary fiber.

To store your peas, leave in the clam shell or bag they arrive in. Peas are delicate and need to be kept cold. Refrigerate immediately upon delivery and use within 1 to 3 days. If you are unable to eat within this time, blanch and freeze the peas for up to 6 months. Freezing is a much better way to preserve the delicate taste and tender texture of fresh peas over canning. (Sorry, we know we just blogged on canning last week!).

Prepare your peas simply with garlic, salt and pepper and bacon drippings, butter or olive oil. Serve over rice. Or try one of these other 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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