FPP News: June 8, 2016

Rut-row! Have you been returning your boxes??

We are running very low on our veggie boxes. Please remember to return your boxes, egg and meat thermal pouches, and ice packs each delivery. Returning your these items clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again, keeping costs down and minimizing landfill waste. Items that aren’t returned will incur a $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

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Not that anyone needs a reminder that its HOT outside right now, but we do want to remind folks to start leaving coolers out if you haven’t yet started the practice. The best way to keep your veggies happy is to keep them cool!  Please 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.

Happy Cooking,

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, Brown’s Farm, Harriet’s Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm, Hoover Organic Farm, The Family Garden & Organic Farm, Wells Brothers Farm

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Local Box: Organic Blueberries, Organic Cantaloupe, SC Peaches, Okra, Banana Peppers, Tomatoes on the Vine, White Acre Peas, Yellow Squash

Organic Box: Local Blueberries, Local Cantaloupe, Local Cherry Tomatoes, Cauliflower (CA), Fresh Express Spring Mix, Local Fingerling Potatoes, Local Green Onions, Local Cucumber, Local Green Bell Peppers

Fruit Only Box: Local Organic Cantaloupe, Local Organic Blueberries, Organic Bananas, SC Peaches, Organic Strawberries (CA), Organic Tommy Akin Mango, Organic Gala Apples

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


Veggie Unearthed

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Your okra came to us from Alvarez Farm in Raiford, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes. This staple of southern cooking is a member of the Mallow family, which includes hibiscus and cotton. A half-cup of cooked okra has only 25 calories and provides fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

Store your okra in the refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel in a perforated plastic bag or in a paper bag. It’ll last for few days this way or the whole pod can be frozen after a 2 minute blanching.

Before cooking, wash your okra well and slice off the stems. These are very fibrous and don’t have much flavor. Okra is commonly used as a thickening agent in soups and stews, breaded then fried, or pickled.

Unearthed 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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