FPP News: Dec 7th, 2016

The Holiday Season is Upon Us

Skip the lines and let us help you with your holiday gift giving. With the fall season in full bloom, our farm fresh produce and local artisans provide the perfect match for your foodie friends. Here are a few gift ideas to choose from!

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FPP Gift Certificate: The fall season is in full bloom and it’s a perfect time to introduce your friends and family to all we have to offer with a gift certificate. In addition to your gift certificate, FPP will send your recipient a coupon to waive their new member fee. That’s an additional $25 value! No need to be a member to gift!

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Jones Family Jams: A sweet gift anyone would love. Choose from one of their amazing pie fillings and pair with a pie plate for the perfect gift. Or make it Jones Family Sampler by combining a pie filling, vanilla extract, and jam.

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Byrds Nest Soap: 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.

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Congaree & Penn Rice, Grits, and Shrub: A gourmet foodies dream right here. With Jupiter Brown Rice, Middlins (like Rosotto), Purple Rice Grits, and Shrubs to choose from, your foodie friend will be delighted to be the recipient of this culinary love.

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, Double Blake Farm, Produce Barn & Grove, The Family Garden (Organic)

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Local Box:  Cauliflower, Spinach & Arugula Salad Mix, Organic Shishito Peppers, Italian Eggplant, Organic Kale, Calabasa, Organic Sweet Potatoes, Satsumas, North Carolina Apples

Organic Box: Local Shishito Peppers, Local Italian Eggplant, Local Green Kale, Local Dill, Local Green & Purple Beans, Local Red Leaf Lettuce, Local Sugar Cane, Local Sweet Potatoes, Local Satsuma, Kiwi, Roma Tomatoes

Fruit Options: Organic Bananas, Organic Kiwi, Organic Mango, Local Satsuma, NC Apples, Organic Apples, Organic Pears, Local Navel Oranges,

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


Veggie Unearthed: Calabaza

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Your Calabaza Pumpkin came to us from Double Blake Farm in Glen St. Mary, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

Calabaza, also known as a West Indian Pumpkin, might be low in calories and fat but is packed with beneficial nutrients. A one cup serving has over 17% of your RDA of Vitamin C and nearly 200% of Vitamin A! Store whole squash in a cool, dark place up to six weeks. Keeping the skin dry is important as moisture will begin to rot your squash. If you’re not going to use your whole squash at once, place cut pieces in a plastic container into the refrigerator and use within one week.

This pumpkin is super tasty! The sweet, succulent flesh has a flavor much like the butternut or acorn squash. In fact, most winter squash or pumpkin recipes can substituted out for Calabaza. The seeds can be toasted and eaten as a snack or a salad topping. While you can eat the skins of many squashes, the “winter squashes” and pumpkin skins are not normally considered edible. You’ll need to remove the seeds and stringy fibers from the middle of the pumpkin before cooking it. This can be tricky. I find it helpful to put a clean dishtowel (that I don’t mind poking holes in) bunched up on the cutting board to keep the squash from rolling and sliding. Carefully stab it through the middle until you hit the board, then tip it up and cut through that side. Repeat on the other side.

Calabaza can be eaten many different ways! Check out these recipes to get your creative side running:

 

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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