FPP News: Sept 9, 2015

Bringing the Farmers’ Market to You

Again, we are adding items to our store! Our focus at Front Porch Pickings is to bring the farmers market to your door, offering you an array of local artisan goods to enjoy each week in addition to our produce. Over the next few months we will be expanding our online store with delicious products made by locally owned and operated Florida residents. This week, we have added 4 new gourmet spreads by Joy’s Gourmet including 2 garlic spreads, a fire roasted bruschetta, and an olive tapenade. Not only are they delicious on breads and crackers, the garlic spread can be used as a marinade or as extra flavor in your mashed potatoes! Find other recipes on their website at www.joyofgarlic.com.


Joy’s Gourmet is owned and operated by Jean Najjar, a former Aerospace Engineer who is now living his dream in Melbourne, FL. After the secret mix of garlic and spices grew in popularity with friends, Jean took the plunge and began selling his Garlic Joy Spreads at local farmers markets in early 2003. He named his company after his daughter Joy and created products based on his Mediterranean heritage and family recipes from his Grandfather.The all-natural versatility and unique flavors have created a loyal following. You can find these products in our online store under the “Spreads” tab.

Next Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Organic Farm


Local Box (Mini):  (Local Organic Cucumbers, Mixed Color Peppers, Local Organic Callaloo/Sweet Potato Green Mix, Summer Squash Mix, Sweet Potatoes, NC Apples), Mixed Tomato Variety, Southern Peas

Organic Box, (Mini): (Local Organic Cucumbers, Organic Yellow Onions, Organic Zucchini, Organic Mini Watermelon, Organic Sweet Mini Peppers, Organic Corn), Organic Avocado, Organic Apples

Grab & Go: Local Organic Cucumbers, Mixed Color Peppers, Mixed Tomato Variety, Organic Spring Mix, Organic Black Grapes, Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Baby Carrots, NC Apples

Salad Box: Local Organic Cucumbers, Mixed Color Peppers, Mixed Tomato Variety, Organic Spring Mix, Organic Yellow Onions, Organic Avocado, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Corn

Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Black Grapes, Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Bananas, NC Apples), Organic Mini Watermelon, Organic Mango, Organic Pears

Smoothie Box: Organic Black Grapes, Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Bananas, Organic Lime, Organic Ginger, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Mango, Organic Apples


Recipes Ideas:

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

Veggie Unearthed: Callaloo Greens Mix

Your Callaloo came to us from Frog Song Organic Farm in Hawthorne, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers homes.

Just when you think you’ve heard about every veggie out there, a new one find its way into the FPP menu. Callaloo is both the name of a Caribbean dish and an edible dark leafy green similar to spinach or swiss chard and used to make stews and soups. Though this is a popular Caribbean dish, the greens originated in West Africa and has made its way to the United States where it thrives in hot humid weather.

Frog Song has a limited amount of the green so we will mixing it Sweet Potato Greens to create a full bunch. Since it is organic, you may see a few bug holes, as this wet summer has been very difficult. But no worries — your greens will taste the same and you won’t even notice once they are chopped up and cooked!

Try to use your greens within the first few days of delivery for best results. To store your greens, place the dampened leaves in a salad spinner but do not wash until you are ready to use. Prewashing breaks down the leaf and leads to quick deterioration.

There are many recipes out there for Callaloo. In Eastern Caribbean countries recipes generally made with okra. Some will include sweet potatoes and coconut Milk. You can also substitute Callaloo for spinach in your favorite 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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