FPP News: June 22, 2016

What to do with Microgreens!

Not sure what to do with these fancy little greens? Veggie Confetti has grown two different types of microgreens for next week’s deliveries: Pea Shoots and Kale! Packed with nutrients, its hard to say no to these little guys. You can snack on the pea shoots right out of the bag or add it to your favorite sandwich and stir fry. Kale Microgreens can be added to pizza, salads, and sandwiches as well for a little extra zesty, kale flavor or can be your entire salad!  Check out the Pea Shoot & Avocado recipe below and this Microgreen Salad with Lime Vinaigrette on Everyday Dishes.

Pea Shoot Salad with Soy Vinaigrette

Remove seed from avocado. Fill cavity with kale microgreens and top with vinaigrette.Vinaigrette Dressing: blend 1/2 cup of grape seed oil, 1 teaspoon of dark sesame oil, 3 tablespoons of unseasoned rice wine vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.

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Photo courtesy of Veggie Confetti Farm

What’s in your microgreens:

  • Pea Shoots contain Vitamins A, B, C, & E. Folic Acid, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Amino Acids and  are about 20-25% protein. Kale – High in vitamins
  • Kale contains Vitamin A, B, C, & E. Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, Trace Elements, Antioxidants and about 30-35% protein
Happy Cooking,
Amie & the FPP Team!

Featured Local Items This Week

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This Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers:  Brown’s Farm, Double Blake’s Farm, Harriet’s Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm, Hoover Organic Farm, Muhlberry Hill, The Family Garden & Organic Farm, Turner Family Groves, Veggie Confetti, Wells Brothers

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Local Box: Canary Melon, Japanese Eggplant, Butterbeans, Green Cabbage, Organic Blueberries, Grape Tomatoes, Haden Mangoes, Sweet Corn (non-GMO), Vidalia Onions

Organic Box: Local Blueberries, Collard Greens (NC), Tomatoes on the Vine, Wax Beans (GA), Local Cubanelle Peppers, Local Fairytale Eggplant, Local Watermelon, Sweet Potatoes (NC), Gala Apples

Fruit Only Box: Local Organic Blueberries, Local Organic Watermelon, Local Peaches, S. FL Haden Mangoes, Organic Bananas, Organic Red Plums

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


Veggie Unearthed

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Your Japanese Eggplant came to us from Brown’s Farm in Orange Heights, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Eggplant, also known as Aubergine in other countries, is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit. Yes, fruit! But more specifically by botanical standards it’s a berry!  Eggplant is known to be high in dietary fiber and high in vitamins and minerals. In addition, the berry has an abundance of phytonutrients (due to the purple color) which help the body’s immune system stay strong.

There are two opposite ways people suggest storing eggplant. One is to keep eggplant in a cool place, such as on your countertop away from direct sunlight. It  is said that the lower temperatures of a refrigerator can change or damage the delicate taste and texture. However, here in Florida, we prefer to store eggplant in the refrigerator if it will not be cooked within 2-3 days. Avoid sealing eggplant in a container or a plastic bag. This will increase decay and decrease shelf life.

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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