Happy Easter to our FPP Family. The warm weather that has us seeing the Easter Bunny and the rain storms from last weekend has given our winter veggies trouble. But not to worry, spring has sprung and veggies are abundant.
In addition to loving the spring veggies coming ’round, we are excited to include Jordan Brown of The Family Garden on our farm runs again! We have been working with Jordan since we started in 2011 but hadn’t seen him since last summer when he moved his farm from Bell to Gainesville, FL. After months of hard work, Jordan and his crew sent out their first CSA shares at the beginning of the month and provided us our first bounty of amazing organic veggies last week.
Not only do we love Jordan and his produce, we love what he stands for. As an advocate for local organic food he holds the USDA Organic Certification, but Jordan is also a firm believer of fair treatment and is Food Justice Certified. What does that mean? It means a lot!
Fair wages and treatment of workers
Safe working conditions
Environmental stewardship through organic practices
Fair and equitable contracts for farmers and buyers
Congratulations Jordan! We will see you on your tractor soon.
Featured Local Items This Week
This Week’s Harvest
Our Local Producers: Beli Farm, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Organic Farm, Promised Land Organics, Wells Brothers, The Family Garden
Local Box: Organic Carrots, Organic Tokyo Turnips, Organic Swiss Chard, Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Romanesco or White Cauliflower, Organic Scallions, Mixed Color Tomatoes
Organic Box: Local Red Kale, Local Cilantro, Local Snow Peas, Local Carrots, Local Scallions, Local Rutabaga, Local Romaine Lettuce, Cucumber, Red Bell Pepper, Grapefruit
Fruit Only Box: Organic Kiwi, Organic Plum, Organic Pineapple, Organic Ataulfo Mango, Organic Banana, Organic Bartlett Pear, Organic Navel Oranges
*Please note that items may change due to weather and availability
Your Swiss chard came to us from The Family Garden, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.
This week’s Veggie Unearthed was originally designated as “Swiss” to differentiate it from French spinach in 19th century seed catalogs. Like most dark, leafy greens, Swiss Chard is a nutritional powerhouse. With only 35 calories per cooked cup, it delivers massive amounts of Vitamin K (715% RDA), Vitamin A (214%), Vitamin C (52%) and magnesium (27%).
The flavor of raw chard will be more bitter than spinach, but that bitterness mellows out when it’s cooked. In fact, its one of my favorite greens as it’s more delicate than spinach, kale or collards. The leaves will cook quickly and behave very much like spinach. If you have a favorite spinach recipe, chard would substitute nicely.
Chard stalks are also edible. Unlike kale or collards, do not discard the swiss stalks. Instead, chop or slice them like you would celery. Add them to your dish or pan several minutes before you add the leaves to give them a chance to get tender. We recommend that you consume most greens within a day or two, but if you store it unwashed in a loose plastic bag or in it could keep several days in your fridge.
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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!