FPP News: April 27, 2016

Celebrating Earth Day!

We want to thank you for honoring Earth Day with us! By choosing FPP, you’re supporting Mother Earth each time you place an order. As you know, the value of our service goes far beyond fresh fruits, veggies, and artisan goods delivered to your front porch. Here at FPP, we reduce food miles, carbon emissions, and food waste all while supporting the original environmentalist — our local farmers.

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Here are some earthy FPP facts:

  • Last year alone FPP saved approximately 14,000 trips to the grocery store
  • Nearly all our local farms are located within 150 miles of our customers homes (does not include regional suppliers used in Florida’s “off” season).
  • FPP has virtually zero food waste at our facility. Compared to a typical grocery store that averages 5% loss, retail store loss can range quite a bit: from as low as 2% on sweet corn to as high as 60% on items like turnips.
  • Organic farmers can lose approximately 20% of their edible produce because it’s ugly — but not here at FPP where we don’t judge the book by it’s cover.

Happy Earth Day,

Amie, Nicole & the FPP Team!

 


Featured Local Items This Week

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This Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Alvarez Farms, Beli Farm, Blue Bayou Organic Blueberry Farm, Blue Sky Farm, Brown’s Farm, Frog Song Organics, Harvest Fresh Organics, Hoover Organic Farm, Promised Land Organics, The Family Garden & Organic Farm

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Local Box: Organic Beets, Kale, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Blueberries, Organic Red Romaine, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Zucchini, Organic Sweet Onions, Yukon Gold Potatoes

Organic Box: Local Red Romaine, Local Cucumber, Local Red Kale, Local Blueberries, Local Cherry Tomatoes, Local Red Potatoes, Local Sweet Onions, Green Beans

Fruit Only Box: Local Blueberries, Organic Navel Oranges, Organic Apples, Organic Peaches. Organic Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Ataulfo

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


Veggie Unearthed

Blueberries

Your blueberries came to us from Blue Bayou Organic Farm in Yahala, Florida and Blueberry Hill in Crescent City, Florida – less than 150 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is among the most exciting of our produce offerings. Blueberries often top the “superfood” lists, as they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and general berrylicious goodness. They are highly perishable, so be sure to gobble them up as soon as possible, but if you keep them unwashed in the container stored in your fridge, they could last up to a week.

Though typically a perfect part of the country to grow blueberries, this year our local farms in Central Florida have had a lot of issues due to the mild winter. The berries need about 75 hours under 45 degrees and then they need the weather to warm up quickly so they can ripen. However, the winter season did not provide the “chill” hours required and the results have been devastating for our farmers. At first, farmers thought it would just be a late season. But as it turns out, a majority of the berries are not ripening. So if you notice a price difference between this year and years’ past, you’ll know why!

Bluberry Recipes

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 fp@frontporchpickings.com.

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!

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