March is a great month for festivals. This Saturday we will be at GastroFest 2016, an all-day celebration of the culinary world of Northeast Florida. It includes educational talks, tasting events, a marketplace and more. Please see the Venue Schedule for a full list of happenings and how you can sign up.
If you are in Jacksonville this weekend, be sure to stop by and say hello! We will be set up from 11a, to 7pm in Hemming Park.
Featured Local Items This Week
This Week’s Harvest
Our Local Producers: Alvarez Farms, Beli Farm, Blue Sky Farm, Brown’s Farm, Hoover Organic Farm, Kings Kountry, The Family Garden, Wish Farms
Local Box: Organic Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Organic Cilantro, Organic Chioggia Beets, Cheddar Cauliflower, Mixed Color Tomatoes, Strawberries
Organic Box: Local Romaine Lettuce, Local Bok Choy, Local Carrots, Local Gold Beets, Local Parsley, Avocado, Blueberries , Bartlett Pears, Grape Tomatoes
Fruit Only Box: Local Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Pineapple, Organic Blueberries, Organic Tangerines, Organic Kiwi, Organic Red Bartlett Pears
*Please note that items may change due to weather and availability
Your organic candy cane beets came to us from The Family Garden, in Bell, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.
Chiogga, (pronounced “kee-OH-jee-ah”) or “candy cane” beets are one of the items we most often reference to new customers when relating how local produce can help children get excited about vegetables. When we were kids, beets were canned or pickled and definitely not a favorite thing to find on our plates. These beets are an absolute about face! These fresh, delightful beets are sweet and not at all bitter. The interior flesh is absolutely gorgeous with concentric red and white rings which give it the nickname “candy cane.” When prepping, it’s a lot of fun to cut them up in different directions to see the patterns that the rings make in the pieces. The colors blend together a bit after cooking, but the flavor is out of this world.
You can use Chioggas in any beet recipe, though the mild, sweet flavor is catered to in recipes specified for either Chioggas or golden beets. Don’t underestimate the power of these guys when roasted and simply paired with goat cheese. Goat cheese pairs so well with beets that there are hundreds of recipes matching up the two.
To store your beets, lop off the tops and store the greens separately in a loosely wrapped plastic bag. Place your beet roots in another bag and store them in your fridge. Greens can last just a few days, but the beet roots might last two to four weeks. Like most root veggies that come with tops, the greens remain a living organism and will suck the life out of your roots if left attached. As always, don’t wash the greens or the roots until you are ready to prepare them, as moisture will quickly rot both.
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 box. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 your carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!