FPP News: Nov 30th, 2016

Byrds Nest Soap Back in the House!

We are happy to bring a truly small scale, locally made, natural soap to our FPP customers. Byrds Nest Soap, owned by Jacksonville resident Jordan Byrd-Ayers, makes a small variety of all natural soaps – never using synthetic colors, fragrances, or additives. These soaps smell delicious and are only made with natural ingredients, plant oils, essential oils, herbs, and lye. Just the way we like ’em! In addition, all of their soaps are vegan, handmade, hot process and cured.

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Why use natural soaps? According to the FDA, fragrances are responsible for 30 percent of all allergic reactions. In the cosmetic industry, chemicals like acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, and methylene chloride are commonly used in these “trade secret” synthetic fragrances. Inhaling these chemicals can trigger migraines and cause dizziness, nausea and irritation to the mouth, throat, eyes or skin. And this here is why Byrds Nest Soap chooses to create all natural products for their family and friends!

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 Farm, Brown’s Farm, Ben Wells Produce, Hoover Family Farms (Organic), Produce Barn & Grove, The Family Garden (Organic)

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Local Box:  Organic Green Onion, Organic Cilantro, Organic Fairytale Eggplant, Red and Green Romaine, Bravo Cabbage, Broccoli, Yellow Squash, Swiss Chard, Navel Oranges

Organic Box: Local Fairy Tale Eggplant, Local Cilantro, Local Green Onion, Local Heirloom Salad Mix, Local Dino Kale, Grape Tomatoes, Yellow Onion, Red Potatoes, Bananas, Jonagold Apples

Fruit Only: Mini Seedless Watermelon, Pomegranate, Kiwi, Pomegranate, Canteloupe, Concorde Pear, Jonagold Apple, NC Apple, Local Navels, Local Satsumas

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


Veggie Unearthed: Swiss Chard

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Your Swiss chard came to us from The Family Garden, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed was originally designated as “Swiss” to differentiate it from French spinach in 19th century seed catalogs. Like most dark, leafy greens, Swiss Chard is a nutritional powerhouse. With only 35 calories per cooked cup, it delivers massive amounts of Vitamin K (715% RDA), Vitamin A (214%), Vitamin C (52%) and magnesium (27%).

The flavor of raw chard will be more bitter than spinach, but that bitterness mellows out when it’s cooked. In fact, its one of my favorite greens as it’s more delicate than spinach, kale or collards. The leaves will cook quickly and behave very much like spinach. If you have a favorite spinach recipe, chard would substitute nicely.

Chard stalks are also edible. Unlike kale or collards, do not discard the swiss stalks. Instead, chop or slice them like you would celery. Add them to your dish or pan several minutes before you add the leaves to give them a chance to get tender. We recommend that you consume most greens within a day or two, but if you store it unwashed in a loose plastic bag or in it could keep several days in your fridge.

Here are recipes to help you in the kitchen this week:

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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