FPP News: August 18, 2016

Welcome Back!

Ahhh, we are well refreshed after dipping our toes in the gulf in between the huge thunder storms that went roaring through. In addition to a little R&R, we were able to catch up with new farmers and artisans to expand our local offering. We are very excited to start working with Congaree & Penn, offering their Jacksonville grown and milled rice and their new bottled drinks called Shrub. 

As you know, we currently work with Regional Seasonal to provide pork for our FPP customers — but we have now added a sampling of new beef from this fabulous cooperative of small farms producing high quality, sustaible meat right here in Northern Florida. The beef we have in our store, Ground Beef, NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet Mignon, all were grown on Greenway Farms in Alachua, FL. Here the cattle roam freely in the pastures —  completely unconfined, eating non-gmo grasses, and are never treated with antibiotics or steroids. We feel privileged to be working with these incredibly thoughtful and sustainable farmers.

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In addition, we have re-stocked our shelves with Fresh Jax nuts and seeds, Jones Family jams, Waldoch honey, Wainright cheese, Sweetwater Organic coffee and more.

Happy Cooking,

Amie & the FPP Team!
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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:  Zucchini, White Acre Peas, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Bell Peppers, RomaTomatoes (NC), Green Beans (NC), Collard Greens (NC), Sweet Potatoes (MS), Peaches (SC)

Organic Box: Local Cucumber, Local Okra, Local Bell Peppers, Local Fairytale Eggplant, Local Sugarbaby Watermelon, Green Leaf Lettuce, Red Kale, Tomato Clusters on the Vine, Red Potato

Fruit Only Box: Peaches (SC), Local Organic Sugarbaby Watermelon, Organic Grapes, Organic Bananas, Organic Ginger Gold Apples, Organic Red Starkrimson Pears

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


Veggie Unearthed

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Zucchini

Your zucchini came to us from Double Blake Farm of MacClenney, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is a member of the summer squash family and can grow up to three feet in length. Zucchini has its roots in the Americas, as squash was brought over during exploration. However, you may have guessed by the name that this specific variety was cultivated generations later in Italy. A cup of squash contains only 18 calories, but provides folate, potassium and Vitamin A.

Before preparing, handle your zucchini gently, as it tends to bruise easily. You can store your zucchini for up to five days unwashed in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer. If you see it starting to soften or wrinkle, use it immediately because it can quickly deteriorate. Preparation will depend on your application. If you’re leaving the skins on, wash thoroughly then cut into the desired shape. If peeling, wash zucchini, then use a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife to skin, then cut into desired shape.

Zucchini Recipes

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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