FPP News: Nov. 2, 2015

Happy Halloween Y’all

Our pumpkins are carved and party decorations are hanging from the trees! Now to make another round of pumpkin cupcakes this weekend and head out to one of the many farm festivals going on in North and Central Florida. We hope y’all have a spooky good time this weekend too!

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Cowart Ranch Corn Maize & Pumpkin Patch: The Annual Maize Dayz includes huge corn maize and pumpkin patch. In addition, the farm has added many more fun activities for all to enjoy this year. For more information visit http://cowartranchandfarms.com/

Long & Scott’s Corn Maize: It all started with just a 7 acre corn field… Now it has become a tradition with many of our guests. It’s a maze, it’s a game, it’s educational, and it’s FUN! Year after year each corn maze has a unique design, with twisting pathways, questions and answers, and picture rubbings. Get LOST! Bring friends and family to see who can navigate the maze the quickest! For more information visit www.scottszellwoodsweetcorn.com

Roger’s Farm Pumpkin Patch: Fun filled entertainment for the whole family, no matter your age! Take a pleasant stroll down the spooky trail where you will encounter the things you only thought existed only in your imagination. There is a full 12 acre corn maze, with a theme and map to help you along your journey.Test your fear level by trying to outwit the ghouls and creatures lurking within the maze. For more information visit http://www.rogersfarmfl.com/octoberfestl

Sykes & Cooper Corn Maize: Combine a 9-acre corn maze full of “cornfusing” twists and turns, “live” entertainment including, Jack, the loudest hee- hawing donkey around and some more good ole  family fun… And what do you have? “Agritainment”! You don’t want to miss it this year! With a ton of new and exciting things to do, including  a “Jack and The Cornstalk” kiddie maze, new furry friends, corn cannons, duck races and more! For more information visit www.sycofarms.com

Help support our farms by referring your family, friends, and co-workers

All of us on the FPP Team understand that our customers are our biggest advocates and we want you to know that we greatly appreciate all the love for us and our local farms! For each new member that you refer, you will earn $10.00 in FPP credit good towards any item in our shop. Just ask your referral to use your name when registering.  There are no limits to how many customers — So keep talking!


Featured Items This Week

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The Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Alvarez

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Local Box:  Organic Basil, Organic Bok Choy, Organic Cucumber, Organic Radish, Organic Lettuce, Roma Beans, Ginger, Sweet Potatoes, Lemons,  North Carolina Apples

Organic Box: Local Basil, Local Bok Choy, Local Cucumbers, Local Radish, Local Lettuce, Local Garlic Chives, Local Sweet Potatoes, Local Lettuce, Bananas, Navel Oranges

Fruit Only: Organic Bananas, Organic Kiwi, Organic Grapes, Organic Pineapple, NC Apples, Organic Jonagold Apples, Bartlett Pear, Navel Oranges

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


Veggie Unearthed: Ginger Root

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Your Ginger came to us from Sunsplash Farms of New Smyrna Beach — less than 100 miles of most of our customers’ homes.

We have a special treat in our local box this week — Ginger! Indigenous to southern China, the plant spread to other parts of Asia and then to West Africa and the Caribbean. Ginger is a very pretty flowering plant. However, the root itself is used as a spice in many cultures and is well know for its medicinal properties to help nausea and calm upset stomachs.

Everyone has their own way of storing ginger, but we are partial to peeling, cutting into workable sizes, and freezing. To reduce the chance of freezer burn, cover with plastic wrap and use good quality freezer bags. This method is perfect for keeping ginger longer, especially if you only cook with fresh ginger occasionally. In addition, it makes grating ginger much easier!

In the past, our customers have given rave reviews of the Sunsplash ginger, saying the flavor and texture far exceed the ginger bought at the grocery store. Due to its very short farm-to-table timeframe, freshly picked ginger tends to be less fibrous and more vibrant in flavor. Use it in your daily smoothies, stir fries, and to spice up poultry, pork, or beef.

Ideas in the kitchen:

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