FPP News: Feb 10, 2016

Eating Locally Grown, Sustainable Grass Fed Meat

We are very pleased to be able to offer our customers White Oaks Pastures grass fed beef. White Oak Pastures is dedicated to raising grass-fed beef in a manner that is humane for the cattle, environmentally sustainable for the land, and delicious for our customers. With over 150 years and 3 generations of farming, this family run business has taken it to the next level by being one of only two farms in the US with an onsite USDA-inspected meat abattoir (processing facility).

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Photo courtesy of White Oaks Pastures

In addition to White Oaks’ farming practicing we love that this meat is completely grass fed — which according to a 2009 study by Clemson University and the USDA grass fed beef is better for human health than grain fed beef! Here are 10 reasons why:

  • Lower in Total Fat
  • Higher in Beta-Carotene
  • Higher in Vitamin E
  • Higher in Vitamin B1 and B2
  • Higher in Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
  • Higher in Total Omega 3s
  • Better Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio
  • High in Conjugated linoleic Acid
  • Higher In Vaccenic Acid
  • Lower in the Saturated Fat Linked to Heart Disease

You may need to re-learn how to cook meat when it comes to grass fed beef.

Because this beef has higher levels of protein and a lower fat content you can easily overcook the meat. White Oaks Pastures recommends lowering the over temperature by about 50°F when using your recipes and cooking for a shorter time. For recipes specific to White Oaks’ grass fed meat, please take a look on their website.

For the best results we have included the information from White Oaks Website below:

Before Cooking:

  • Thaw completely. Allow your grass fed beef to thaw gently and completely in the lower portion of the refrigerator. Do not thaw using a microwave.
  • Bring all White Oak Pastures grass fed beef to room temperature prior to cooking or grilling.
  • Always pre-heat your oven, pan or grill before cooking our grass-fed beef.

Cooking Information:.

  • White Oak Pastures grassfed beef is best when not overcooked. Our steaks are most best when eaten rare to medium-rare. Prevent overcooking by using an instant-read thermometer. Measure the temperature of the meat from the side. Meat continues to cook even after it has been removed from the heat, therefore, remove the beef 5°F before it reaches the desired temperature. We recommend these finished temperatures for our grass-fed steak: 125° F – Rare; 130° F – Medium Rare; 135° F – Medium. Ground Beef should reach 165° F.
  • Keep it tender and juicy. Enhance the flavor of our grass fed beef by lightly coating it with extra virgin olive oil then season with sea salt and pepper before grilling over a hot fire or searing in a pre-heated pan. Because our grass fed meats are naturally delicious and flavorful, there is no need to marinate beforehand. However, be creative and experiment to find your favorite flavor combinations.
  • Cook it “low and slow.” As with all meat, preparing our grass fed beef well done may cause it to be tough. To ensure the tastiest result, cook over lower heat for longer time in sauces that add moisture to the dish.
  • Let it rest. Resting cooked meat for 8-10 minutes allows the precious juices to be redistributed within the resting meat. The result is tender and delicious grass fed beef. Remove from heat, cover loosely and let relax before cutting.

For more information on grilling, roasting, and braising and recipes, please see the farm’s website!

Vegetarian Italian Night by Yogitrition’s Founder Kim White!

When people show up to eat Italian fare, they’re expecting saucy, creamy, dreamy yumminess. I mean, why bother eating it if it doesn’t taste good, right? This class focuses on recreating some of the most favored Italian dishes using plant-based substitutes to achieve the flavor and consistency that makes Italian food so delicious. All of this, without meat, dairy, or soy!

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Class is in Daytona Feb 20, 2016. For more information visit www.yogitrition.com


Featured Items This Week

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This Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Beli Farm, Blue Sky Farm, Fresh Start Hydroponics, Hoover Organic Farm, Promised Land Organics, Uncle Matt’s Organic, Wish Farms

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Local Box: Local Cauliflower, Local Braising Mix, Local Organic Romaine, Local Organic Temple Tangerines, Plant City Strawberries, Local Organic Onions, Local Potatoes, Local Rainbow Carrots

Organic Box: Local Organic Scallions, Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Local Organic Bok Choy, Organic Broccoli, Organic Blueberries, Organic Avocado, Organic Temple Tangerines, Local Organic Beet Roots, Organic Sweet Mini Peppers

Fruit Only Box: Plant City Strawberries, Organic Blueberries, Local Orlando Tangelo, Organic Gold Blush Apple, Organic Temple Tangerines, Organic Bananas

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


Veggie Unearthed: Strawberries

Strawberries

It’s a magnificent time for strawberries in Florida and with Valentine’s day approaching its the perfect time to highlight these little gems! Strawberries are considered a winter crop in our area, typically coming into season in January and lasting through March or early April. They are high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamin C, containing 75% of the recommended daily value. Strawberries are perfectly delectable on their own, or used in salads, baking, and sweet toppings like jam or salsa.

We’ve had some beautiful berries the last few weeks! To keep them looking good, store your unwashed strawberries in your refrigerator. Wait to wash your berries until you’re ready to prepare or eat them. Excess moisture will cause mold and mushiness. For the very best berry longevity, put a sheet pan lined with paper towels in your fridge and store the berries on it in a single layer without them touching. Ok, we know this isn’t always practical, so we store ours dry in air-tight glass container lined with a paper towel on the bottom to collect any excess moisture. And although we just told you not to wash your berries, we have had a few customers tell us that washing berries in a vinegar bath really helps. The bath makes sense because the vinegar would kill the fungus that causes the berries to get soft spots and then mold. Just be sure to dry the berries! You can check out more information at Momables: http://www.momables.com/how-to-keep-berries-fresher-longer/.

This Valentine’s week we’re featuring a collection of strawberry recipes designed with love in mind. Try sharing some of these sweet, romantic and beautiful recipes with the ones you love.

Strawberry Recipes

Would you like to give your sweetie some of those VERY expensive “tuxedo” decorated strawberries? They are cute as a button, aren’t they? This video will teach you how to make your own at home for the low, low price of a little bit of chocolate!

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