Newsletter: July 8, 2015

Wishing you a Happy & Safe Independence Day!

In addition to celebrating our independence, the beginning of July brings a close to our local farming season and the start to many family vacations. During the next two and a half months we will stretch our gatherings from regional farms in Alabama, North & South Carolina, Georgia, and South Florida. This is the time when our local farmers take a short, but much needed vacation and then return to work the soil for fall crops.

FPP on Vacation August 1-15th

Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks!

We know that many of our FPP members will be vacationing during the next couple of month too! Placing your delivery on vacation hold is simple — Just log into your online FPP account, click “Skip Deliveries”, add your dates and hit Save! Just be sure to make any changes, including delivery holds, by Mondays at Noon!

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Next Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, Double Blake Farms, Frog Song Organic Farm, Promise Land Organics, Spells Mangoes

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Local Box (Mini):  (Green Beans, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Local Japanese Eggplant, Grape Tomatoes, S FL Mangoes), Vidalia Onions, Local Kobacha Squash

Organic Box, (Mini): (Organic Zucchini, Local Organic Plum Tomatoes, Local Organic Okra, Organic Cantaloupe, Local Organic Butternut, Organic Peaches), Organic Cucumbers, Organic Bicolor Corn

Grab & Go: Local Organic Plum Tomatoes, Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Red Grapes, Organic Broccoli, Organic Romaine, Organic Baby Carrots, Organic Pink Crisp Apples

Salad Box: Local Organic Plum Tomatoes, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Broccoli, Organic Romaine, Organic Baby Carrots, Organic Green Onion, Local Cubanelle Peppers, Local Baby Spinach

Fruit (Add-on): Organic Red Grapes, Organic Red Plums, Organic Blueberries, Organic Pink Crisp Apples

Fruit Box: Organic Red Grapes, Organic Red Plums, Organic Pink Crisp Apples, Organic Cantaloupe, S. FL Mangoes, Organic Pineapple, Organic Bananas

Smoothie Box: Organic Pineapple, Organic Banana, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Kale, Organic Lime, Organic Blueberries, Organic Pink Crisp Apples, Organic Peaches

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Recipes Ideas:

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


Veggie Unearthed: Japanese Eggplant

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Your eggplant medley came to us from Double Blake Farm in MacClenny, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Eggplant, also known as Aubergine in other countries, is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit. Yes, fruit! But more specifically by botanical standards it’s a berry!  Eggplant is known to be high in dietary fiber and high in vitamins and minerals. In addition, the berry has an abundance of phytonutrients (due to the purple color) which help the body’s immune system stay strong.

There are two opposite ways people suggest storing eggplant. One is to keep eggplant in a cool place, such as on your countertop away from direct sunlight. It  is said that the lower temperatures of a refrigerator can change or damage the delicate taste and texture. However, here in Florida, we prefer to store eggplant in the refrigerator if it will not be cooked within 2-3 days. Avoid sealing eggplant in a container or a plastic bag. This will increase decay and decrease shelf life.


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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