FPP News: July 15, 2015

Summer Heat and Rain Brings Regional Produce

We definitely miss the abundance of our local producers this time of year. We are starting to see more regional produce in our “Local Box” and, well, some last minute substitutions due to the extreme heat and torrential rains. You may see more communication from us updating you on quality or substitutions. We will do our best to relay any information as soon as we know!

With that said, we are super proud of our farmers Amy and John from Frog Song to do what they can to farm their Organic farm during the summer. We will be purchasing as much as we can from them over the summer months. And if you make something wonderful from your Frog Song Produce let us know and we’ll share on Facebook! Below is a snippet from their newsletter discussing the challenges of summer farming:

We’re grateful for the arrival of the summer rains to give some relief after the last few weeks of 100º+ weather in our fields. Thank you for your support during these difficult summer months. It takes us much more effort during this season to produce less product, which is probably the reason many Florida farmers close their doors until October. We’ll be here all summer long to supply you all with unique, tasty, nutritious produce. Please understand that many product may not hold as long, or have as perfect of cosmetic appearance, as products from the Carolinas, California and Mexico. Our produce has much more time to ripen and develop flavor prior to harvest and this sets it apart from products that must travel thousands of miles to be consumed by Floridians.
– Frog Song Newsletter July 2015

 

FPP Vacation – No Deliveries August 1-15th!

Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. 

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: Beli Farms, Brown’s Farm, Double Blake Farms, Frog Song Organic Farm, Promise Land Organics, Homestead Organics

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Local Box (Mini):  (Local Organic Butternut, S FL Star Fruit, Tomatoes, Local Mini Cucumbers, Organic Florida Avocado. Organic Florida Mango), Local Bell Peppers, Local Yellow Squash

Organic Box, (Mini): (Organic Florida Mango, Organic Grape Tomato, Local Organic Corno de Toro Peppers, Local Organic Lemon Basil, Organic Salad Mix, Organic Florida Avocado), Organic Red Grapes, Local Organic Japanese Eggplant

Grab & Go: Organic Florida Mango, Organic Salad Mix, Organic Florida Avocado, Local Mini Cucumbers, Organic Pluots, Organic Sugar Snap Peas, Organic Blueberries, Organic Pink Crisp Apples

Salad Box: Organic Salad Mix, Organic Florida Avocado, Local Mini Cucumbers, Local Organic Corno de Toro Peppers, Organic Green Onion, Organic Brocolli, Organic Baby Carrots

Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Pluots, Organic Blueberries, Organic Florida Mango, Organic Pink Crisp Apples), Organic Red Grapes, Florida Star Fruit

Smoothie Box: Organic Pineapple, Organic Banana, Organic Pink Crisp Apples, Organic Limes, Organic Oranges, Peaches, Organic S. Florida Mango, Organic Spinach

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Recipes Ideas:

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


Veggie Unearthed: Florida Avocado

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Your Florida Avacodos are grown and harvest by Homestead Organics in South Florida – about 325 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

There are about 50 varieties of Avocado that grow, but the two main varieties in the US are the California (or Haas) Avocado and the less popular Florida Avocado. The Florida fruit has a smoother green skin with brown spots or streaks. The inside flesh is soft when ripe and has creamy, yet slightly thinner consistency than the Haas Avocado and the flavor is sweet but a bit more mild.

To store your avocado, place in a cool dry location, such as on your countertop away from direct sunlight. To speed up the ripening process place in a brown paper bag. However, if you need a longer shelf life place your Avocado in the refrigerator as this will slow the ripening process.

Avocados are versatile and can be eaten raw in sandwiches, used in dips, toppers on salads or even in baking. Because of the high fat content avocados can be substituted for butter. Below are some recipe ideas for your Florida Avocado this week:


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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