FPP News: May 6, 2016

Housekeeping!

Here’s a friendly reminder that the spring heat is already here as we are seeing afternoon temperatures get into the mid 80’s. The best way to keep your veggies happy is to keep them cool!  Please be sure to set out a cooler large enough for us to place the entire box inside. The cardboard box helps as insulation and keeping the veggies packed together will keep temperatures lower. Don’t forget, if you order meat, eggs or cheese that you must have a cooler set out for us. Sorry, we can’t leave these items if your cooler is missing.

Cooler

Lastly, we’d like to remind you that we reuse our delivery boxes, thermal pouches, and ice packs. Returning these items clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste, and keeps our carbon footprint smaller. Items that aren’t returned will incur a $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

Thanks for your help,

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 Sky Farm, Brown’s Farm, Hoover Organic Farm, Promised Land Organics, The Family Garden & Organic Farm

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Local Box: Green Beans, Organic Mixed Summer Squash, Tomatoes on the Vine, Blueberries, Apache Potatoes, Sweet Onion, Collard Greens, Organic Romaine, Organic Cucumber

Organic Box: Local Mixed Summer Squash, Local Pickling Cucumbers, Sugar Snap Peas, Local Red, White & Purple Potatoes, Local Baby Green/Red Crisp Lettuce, Slicing Tomatoes, Hass Avocado, Local Swiss Chard, Peaches

Fruit Only Box: Local Blueberries, Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Bananas, Organic Apples, Organic Peaches, Tommy Atkins Mango

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


Veggie Unearthed

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Red Potato shown above

Your Apache Potatoes came to us from Blue Sky Farm in Elkton, Florida — less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

While we most often associate potatoes with the comfort foods of fall and winter, they are actually a spring crop here in Florida. Potatoes are one of the most versatile crops cultivated around the world. With spectacular storage properties and the ability to play well with almost any flavor, they can be used at any meal — at any time of the year. Store potatoes in a brown paper bag out of direct sunlight in a cool place.

This week we have a special treat from Blue Sky —The Apache Potato. This eye-catching potato has a warm red skin and speckled with patches of cream color. It’s sweet yellow flesh has a buttery chestnut flavor and is perfect for roasting. Small in size you can roast whole, halved or cubed and no need to peel due to it’s thin skin.

In addition to roasting, these little guys are perfect for mashing. If you love mashed potatoes but haven’t had amazing success, here’s some help: 5 Common Mistakes when Mashing Potatoes.

Potato 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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