FPP News: Sept 30, 2015

Maple Tap Coffee is in the House!

Fall is in the air and we are ready for Maple Tap coffee — roasted to perfection by Jacksonville roasters, JOB Coffee! Roaster and co-owner, James Adams, got his start in Chicago learning about coffee and started roasting in mid 2000’s when he moved to Jacksonville. He and his business partner, Bob Heinrich, started their first business in 2007, roasting for their own coffee shop in Mandarin. In 2014, they left the retail world to focus on their passion of roasting. Today, they roast for popular restaurants like Maple Street Biscuit Company, Urban Grind, and other locally owned coffee houses throughout Northeast Florida.

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When sitting down with either James or Bob, you’ll find a new appreciation for coffee and realize there is so much more to learn than how the coffee maker works! (Which, of course, they recommend using a French Press at home.) But, did you know coffee is the pit inside the red or purple fruit on a coffee plant? Just like cherries, coffee is a stone fruit. Pretty cool huh?

If your a coffee aficionado you’ll want to know all the details of this delicious cup they call Maple Tap. They start with the their Dark Bark Coffee, which James would consider to be your “classic cup of coffee”. It is a “single origin” coffee (meaning not a blend) from the Guatica township of Risaralda, Colombia. The plants are grown pesticide-free and the beans are harvested from October through April. They are fully washed and sun dried before making their way to Jacksonville.

This particular bean they use provides a low acidic coffee with earthy notes of wood and smoke — while maintaining a smooth yet, heavy body. Whew, that was a mouthful! But because this coffee is roasted to a “full city” roast (dark), it has a lower amount of caffeine. This makes it a great after dinner or evening cup of coffee as well as a jitter-free morning brew.

As for the “maple” in this tap, it is made by adding an aromatic maple oil to their Dark Bark Coffee. The infusion is made after the roasting process has completed. This process not only adds a distinct aroma, but a sweet taste of maple on the finish of an already amazing cup of coffee. This coffee is great for the drinkers looking for something a little sweeter or needing a little reminder of the crisp fall days in New England.


Featured Items This Week

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The Week’s Harvest

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

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Local Box (Mini):  (Local Organic Cucumber, Local Organic Arugula, Local White Acre Peas, Yellow Squash, Local Persimmons), NC Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Farmer’s Pick

Organic Box, (Mini): (Organic Spaghetti Squash, Organic Romaine, Local Organic Radish, Organic Mini Sweet Peppers, Organic Cameo Apple), Local Organic Okra, Organic Pomegranate

Grab & Go: Local Organic Cucumbers, Organic Romaine, Organic Broccoli Crowns, Organic Grape Tomatoes, Organic Grapes, Organic Kiwi Berries, Organic Bosc Pears

Salad Box: Local Organic Cucumber, Organic Romaine, Organic Broccoli Crowns Organic Grape Tomatoes, Local Organic Radish, Local Organic Arugula, Mixed Color Peppers

Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Grapes, Organic Kiwi Berries, Organic Bosc Pears, Apples), Local Persimmons, Organic Pomegranate

Smoothie Box: Organic Pomegranate, Organic Pineapple, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Kale, Local Key Lime, Organic Grapes, Organic Cameo Apples, Organic Valencia Oranges, Organic Bosc Pears

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


Veggie Unearthed: Arugula

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Your arugula came to us from Frog Song Organics of Orange Heights, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is also known as “rocket” in Canada, Australia and Britain. Low in calories and rich in potassium and Vitamin C, it originated in the Mediterranean where it is considered an aphrodisiac. At any rate, the 2 calorie count in a half cup serving is pretty exciting. Primarily used as a salad green, it has a strong, rich peppery flavor and is a perfect match for radish!

As with all greens, consuming it as soon as possible is recommended. Arugula can be gritty or dirty when it first arrives to your door, so be sure to wash thoroughly before adding to the recipe of your choice. Our favorite way to wash and store is in the lettuce spinner. But if you do not have a lettuce spinner dampen the leaves and set into a glass or plastic container and set into the refrigerator. It is important that the leaves stay “hydrated” to keep fresh, but do not oversaturate.

You can use Arugula raw in salads or cooked in dishes. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Arugula 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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