October 27, 2016

Local Produce in Full Bloom!

What we have been waiting for ALL summer — our local season to come back! Just two weeks after Matthew stormed through, we are thrilled to see our farmers and offer a great variety of delicious local produce. This week we have local kale, bok choy, purple sweet potatoes (with white flesh), lettuce, sugar cane, ginger and more.

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Featured Items This Week

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The Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Alvarez Farms, Brown’s Farm, Double Blake Farm, Emporia Citrus Grove, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Family Garden, Promised Land Organics, Sunsplash Farm, The Family Garden, Veggie Confetti

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Local Box:  Dino Kale, Organic Cucumber, Organic Sugarcane, Organic Zucchini, Organic Ginger, Organic Green Onions, Purple Sweet Potato (white flesh), Key Limes, North Carolina Apples, Organic Summer Crisp Lettuce

Organic Box: Local Sugarcane, Yellow Onion, Local Turnips, Local Radish, Local Cucumber, Local Fairytale Eggplant, Local Summercrisp Lettuce, Jonagold Apples, Local Sweet Potatoes

Fruit Only: Organic Bananas, Organic Black Grapes, Organic Pineapple, Organic Bartlett Pear, Organic Jonagold Apple, Organic California Oranges

**please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.


Veggie Unearthed: Sugar Cane

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Your Organic Sugarcane is coming to us from Promised Land Organics in Alachua, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.
For something a bit new this week, we are adding organic sugarcane to all or our local and organic boxes. It’s a fun treat that we see here in Florida during October. This crop takes an entire year to grow. Farmers plant the stalks in the ground in the fall and, in the spring, each eye on the stalk will sprout a new stalk. It takes all summer to grow and then farmers harvest and plant all over again in the fall.
Sugarcane is actually an exotic grass that looks like corn stalks or bamboo. It originated in Asia more than 4,000 years ago and the technique for producing sugar was developed in India near 400 B.C. Today sugarcane is grown all over the world in tropical and also sub-tropical locations such as Florida. 
Though sugarcane has that big scary “sugar” word in it. You’ll find that sugarcane is a source of iron, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. The raw sugarcane’s low glycemic index keeps blood sugars more level than the processed sugar we can get in the grocery store. It is said that it helps with jaundice, infections, urinary issues, and kidney stones. Who knew?
So what do you do with sugarcane? The most popular — to peel it and cut into sticks and chew on it until you’ve released all the juices. Other popular uses are creating skewers for the grill or fruit kebabs and stirs for teas and handcrafted cocktails. Watch this you tube video to help you prepare your sugarcane.
To store your sugar cane, just pop it in your fridge until you are ready to use it. The fresher the stalk, the more juice it will have. Though it will stay good for weeks in your crisper, we suggest the sooner you eat it, the better your experience will be! 
Ideas in the kitchen:
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