FPP News: October 28, 2015

We Value Your Opinion!

We understand that you have options in the marketplace, and we are pleased that you have made Front Porch Pickings your choice for your fresh produce and local goods! Providing you with the best service is our top priority and we are committed to improving our service based on your feedback. You could really help us out by sharing your experience with us! We want every customer to smile when opening our box of goodies.


If you missed last week’s poll about meat and milk delivery, please be sure to check out our post and participate in the quick, one-question poll!

Featured Items This Week


This Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Organic Farm, Promised Land Organics, Long & Scott


Local Box (Mini):  (Local Organic Butter Leaf Lettuce, Local Organic Japanese Eggplant, Local Collard Greens, Local Organic Zucchini, NC Apples, Local GMO-FREE Corn), Local Cucumbers, Red Potato

Organic Box, (Mini): (Local Organic Butter Leaf Lettuce, Organic Red Peppers, Local Organic Bok Choy, Local Organic Radish, Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Organic Delicata Squash), Organic Pomegranate, Organic Ambrosia Apples

Grab & Go: Organic Butter Leaf Lettuce, Local Organic Radish, Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Local Pickling Cucumbers, Organic Banana, Organic Green Grapes, Organic Kiwi, NC Apples

Salad Box: Local Organic Butter Leaf Lettuce, Local Organic Radish, Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Local Pickling Cucumbers, Organic Red Pepper, Organic Red Onion, Organic Baby Spinach, Local GMO-FREE Corn

Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Banana, Organic Kiwi, (Organic Pineapple – fruit add-on only), NC Apples), Organic Green Grapes, Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Anjou Pear, Organic Pomegranate

Smoothie Box: Organic Banana, Organic Kiwi, Organic Pineapple, Organic Green Grapes, Local Picking Cucumbers, Organic Baby Spinach, Local Organic Lacinato Kale, Organic Lemon, Organic Grapefruit, Organic Orange, Organic Ambrosia Apple

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

Veggie Unearthed: Collard Greens

collardgreensYour collards came to us from Brown’s Farm in Orange Heights, FL — Less than 100 miles of most our customers’ homes.

Collards are a member of the Brassica family, closely related to cabbages. In fact, collards can be classified as a cabbage that doesn’t form a head. However, the leaves don’t have the usual cabbage-y flavor. Instead, they take on the flavors of the liquid you cook them in. Like most leafy dark greens, they are a champ in the nutrition department with very low calories, no cholesterol and good amounts of dietary fiber and vitamins like A, K, calcium and folate.

The rich flavor of bacon or ham is a lovely complement to the glorious greens, but there are sneaky low-fat ways to bring taste to the party. Try low-fat real bacon bits if you’re braising. Sweat an onion in minimal oil or butter then add your greens and a bit of low-sodium chicken stock until the leaves are wilted. A few minutes before you’re ready to serve, sprinkle that bacony goodness and you’re ready to rumble. Another fine alternative to salt pork, bacon or fatback is Bacon Salt. We don’t usually recommend a specific product but this zero calorie, zero fat, vegan and kosher alternative to pork is a revelation in greens preparation!

We always recommend storing any leafy green veggies in a your salad spinner. And if you do not have one, the next best things is a plastic bag or plastic/glass container large enough to hold them. Place the collards head down in a plastic grocery bag and wrap the handles around the stems, they could last for over a week. Of course, the sooner the better and always wait to wash greens until right before you’re ready to cook. Greens can be gritty, so be sure to completely submerge, swish and drain at least three times to insure no unwanted dirt gets onto your plate!

Collard Greens 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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