FPP News: August 24, 2016

Olive Groves in Florida – How cool is that?

I had the pleasure to meet with Stephan Carter, Co-Owner of Florida Olive Farms & Mills. Stephen and his brother Jonathan of Neptune Beach have been in business together, making software, since 1999 but decided to get their handy dirty growing and pressing olives. In 2012 they purchased a 40 acre plot of land in Live Oak and planted 33 acres. In addition, they installed an Italian imported mill so that they could craft their own oils.

Olive groves were actually a bit more common in Georgia and Florida, especially in the 1800’s. In fact ,there is documentation of producing groves from the 1700’s near Daytona Beach.   Florida’s sandy soil combined with the strong sun make the region a great place to grow olives. Today, the olive is making a comeback into our local agriculture scene — with nearly 300 acres of trees growing throughout the state.

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In 2015, the Carter brothers harvested their first crop and joined them Georgia and California olives to make their first pressing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. As the trees mature over the next few years, the yield will increase dramatically. Their plan is have an olive oil made entirely from their own farm by 2018. We are excited to be supporting this growing venture!

This fresh Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is not what you find on the grocery store shelf.  One smell of the fresh aroma and robust taste and you’ll understand the difference.  Only 12 bottles in stock, so be sure to add your order early!

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, Cowart Farms,

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Local Box:  Slicing Tomatoes, Green Beans, Yellow Squash, Eggplant: Neon & Round Medley, Organic Sweet Potato Greens, SC Peaches, GA Muscadine Grapes, NC Apples

Organic Box: Local Sweet Potato Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Red Leaf Lettuce, Local Sweet Potato Greens, Local Basil (Lemon or Purple), Zucchini, Honey Crisp Apples, Cantaloupe

Fruit Only Box: Peaches (SC), Muscadine Grapes, Cantaloupe, Bananas, Organic Plums, Organic Honey Crisp Apples, Organic Bartlett Pears

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


Veggie Unearthed

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Muscadine Grapes

Muscadine Grapes are coming from Twin City, GA. This fruit is a species of grape vines native to the southeastern United States and the variety grown by our local Georgia and Florida wineries. These grapes are different than the ones we are used to buying at the grocery store. Muscadines are a bit more complex with a thicker tart skin and plump, sweet flesh. No real need for recipes — Take em out and bite right in! I eat the grapes skins and all, but some folk prefer to pop the flesh out and discard the skin. No matter what, you’ll find your way! Just remember, there are seeds inside.

Store your grapes by placing them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator to maximize their shelf life. Wash only when you are ready to eat them. The excess water will cause the skins to break down, crack, and mold.

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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