FPP News: Jan. 26, 2016

Introducing Veggie Confetti Farm

Veggie Confetti Farm is a small, family run, low impact urban microgreen farm. They primarily work with chefs to produce greens in conjunction with their culinary concepts and ideas. But now they are available to our FPP Members to create culinary concepts of their own!

The farm itself is completely self-contained and climate controlled which not only allows for year round growing but is key to produce a premium quality microgreen. Veggie Confetti is proud to have this self-sustainable environment that only uses nature nutrients and never uses pesticides or herbicides on their crops. In addition, their vertical hydroponic technique uses 80-90% less water than conventional farming! How cool is that?

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Photo courtesy of Veggie Confetti Farm

So what is a microgreen you ask? Microgreens are the tender little seedlings of vegetables and herbs. Usually harvested when its about 1-3 inches tall, these little guys pack a big punch of flavor.Flavors vary from mild and sweet to peppery and bitter depending on the type of green. Now, this is not going to replace your salad but add as a topping to wraps, sandwiches, salads or even pizza!

Free Membership Coupon extended through Jan 31st!

The best compliment we can get is when our customers share us with their friends. We are extending the coupon code 2016HealthyStart through the end of January (01/31/16)! Share us with your friends and we will waive their membership fee using this coupon. That’s a $25 value for friends and as always, you will earn $10 in FPP credit for each referral!  What’s not to love?


Featured Items This Week

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This Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Beli Farm, Blue Sky Farm, Brown’s Farm, Butrico Groves, Double Blake Farm, Fresh Start Hydroponics, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Organic Farm, Promised Land Organics, Wells Brothers Farm, Wish Farms

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Local Box: Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Collards, Local Broccoli, Local Red Cabbage, Local Mixed Color Tomatoes, Plant City Strawberries, Local Sweet Potatoes, Local Dancy Tangerines

Organic Box: Local Organic Carrots or Scallions, Local Organic Red Radish, Local Organic Baby Pak Choy, Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Organic Cauliflower, Organic Roma Tomatoes, Organic Haas Avocado, Organic Russet Potatoes, Organic Navel Oranges

Grab & Go: Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Plant City Strawberries, Local Grape Tomatoes, Local Broccoli, Organic Bananas, Organic Haas Avocado, Organic Anjou Pear, Local Dancy Tangerines

Salad Box: Local Organic Green Leaf & Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Broccoli, Local Organic Carrots or Scallions, Local Organic Red Radish, Local Mini Cucumbers, Local Mixed Medley Tomatoes, Organic Haas Avocado

Fruit Box: (Plant City Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Anjou Pears, Local Tangerines, Organic Mango, Organic Blueberries, Organic Pink Lady Apples

Smoothie Box: Plant City Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Carrots, Pink Lady Apples, Local Grapefruit, Organic Dates, Local Organic Green Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Mango. Organic Navel Oranges

*Please note that items may change due to weather and availability


Veggie Unearthed: Dancy Tangerines

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Your Dancy Tangerines are coming to us from Butrico Groves in Scottsdale, FL — less than 150 miles from most of our customers’ homes. This may be our last order this season from Butrico. They have run out of most of their fruit due to the high demand for their naturally grown citrus and unusually warm fall.

Dancy Tangerines are one of our favorites, as they are Florida’s version of the very popular “Cutie” Clementines you find in the grocery stores. They have loose bumpy skin so they are fairly easy to peel, have very few seeds, and are incredibly flavorful — All of which makes them perfect as a snack.

The first Dancy Tangerines were grown by Colonel Francis Litterbury Dancy in his grove at Buena Vista, Florida. In 1867, Colonel Dancy actually planted a seed from the Moragne Tangerine, but this new variety emerged! After about 5 years these new tangerines hit the markets.

Unfortunately these little gems are fading fast in popularity with both the grower and the consumer. Farmers find the citrus trees difficult because the branches aren’t strong enough to hold the the abundance of fruit and break easily. Because the breed is susceptible to disease, new tangerine hybrids such as Robinson, Sunburst, and Honey were bred and became more popular in the groves. In addition, consumers turned their backs on them when the seedless competitor came to the grocery stores from California in the early 2000’s. However, as an heirloom seed and one of the oldest varieties of tangerine known to Florida, we feel strongly in supporting their comeback!

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other FPP customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your order.

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