FPP News: July 20th, 2016

New Products from Our Local Artisans!

We are excited to introduce some new flavors this week from The Joy of Garlic, Naturally Unique and Jones Family Jams. Don’t miss out!

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Joy of Garlic: In addition, to restocking our shelves with Joy’s pasta sauces and garlic spreads, we’ve added their Mango Salsa to the list. It has chunks of fresh mango, pineapple, and shaved coconut blended with peppers and garlic. Serve chilled on a hot summer day with your favorite chips or use as a topping on fish or chicken.

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Naturally Unique‘s Tandoori, Wicked, Steak, and Chicken seasonings have been such a hit we have added two more to the list — Herb de Provence and Italian Spices! You can try them out in our small packets or purchase in a larger spice bottle.

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  • Herb de Provence-this seasoning blend offers a fabulous floral experience. With lavender taking center stage, this can be used to season any vegetable or vegetable dish.  It also makes a great seasoning for vegetarian pizza in lieu of Italian seasoning. No salt added.
  • Italian-not just to season Italian dishes, this blend can also be used as a dipping blend with olive oil or to use as a seasoning with sauteed vegetables and garlic.  No salt added.

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Jones Family Jams: What happens when we get fruit that isn’t up to FPP standards? We send it off to Jones Family Jams and they turn it into something delicious. Kristy has been stirring up some plum jam — made with organic ingredients, and peach mango jam.

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REMINDER — FPP Vacation Coming Soon!

As you know, our local season hits an all time low in August and this is when our FPP team and our farmers take a quick break to recoup, renew, and refresh!  Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. 

 

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 Farm, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Family Organic Farm, Muhlberry Hill

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Local Box:  White Acre Peas, Yellow Squash, Watermelon, Organic Malabar Spinach, SC Peaches, SC Grape Tomatoes, S. FL Avocado, S. FL Starfruit

Organic Box: Local Cucumber, Local Callaloo Greens, Local Okra, Globe Eggplant, Red Plums, Cantaloupe, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Green Leaf Lettuce, Roma Tomatoes

Fruit Only Box: Organic Red Plums, Organic Cantaloupe, Watermelon, SC Peaches, S. FL Starfruit, Organic Kiwi, Organic Pink Lady, Valencia Oranges

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


Veggie Unearthed

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Malabar Spinach

Your Malabar Spinach came to us from Frog Song Organic Farm in Hawthorne, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers homes.

Malabar spinach, also known as Indian spinach and is not technically a spinach at all but rather an edible vine that is used much like you would spinach or chard. It is native to the India, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea and has made its way to the United States where it thrives in hot humid weather.

To store your greens, place the dampened leaves in the bag its delivered in or place into a salad spinner and immediately into the refrigerator. Do not wash until you are ready to use. Prewashing breaks down the leaf and leads to quick deterioration. Try to use your greens within the first few days of delivery for best results.

Malabar Spinach can be cooked in side dishes, as a bed for meat or fish, or eaten raw in salad. In fact, you could use as a spinach or swiss chard substitute in just about any recipe. The thick fleshy leaves hold their form better than a typical spinach and will not wilt as quickly. When cooked, it has a similar taste and texture to spinach. Because of its thicker leaves, Malabar spinach is great in soups and stir fry. My personal favorite, simply saute with butter, salt, and pepper. Yes, I said butter! But be careful not to overcook — like okra, this veggie can get smiley with too much heat.

Malabar Spinach is great raw as well. In it’s raw state, it doesn’t much resemble spinach. It has a lemony-pepper taste and a little bit more bite. Again, because of this green’s thicker leaves, it pairs well with warm ingredients such as grilled fish or chicken.

 

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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