FPP News: Sept 1, 2016

Peach Pie Anyone?

As the peaches are on their way out of season, Kristy (of Jones Family Jam) is quickly canning them before they are gone. The quart sized jar are filled to the brim with freshly sliced peaches and perfect for simple peach pies, cobblers, or ice cream topping! If you loved her pecan and apple pie fillings last year you won’t be disappointed. Get one while they last!

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Olive Groves in Florida – How cool is that? (If you didnt catch last week’s news)

I had the pleasure to meet with Stephan Carter, Co-Owner of Florida Olive Farms & Mills last week. 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.

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 a handful of bottles in stock, so be sure to add your order early!

Happy Cooking,

Amie & the FPP Team!
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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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FPP News: August 18, 2016

Welcome Back!

Ahhh, we are well refreshed after dipping our toes in the gulf in between the huge thunder storms that went roaring through. In addition to a little R&R, we were able to catch up with new farmers and artisans to expand our local offering. We are very excited to start working with Congaree & Penn, offering their Jacksonville grown and milled rice and their new bottled drinks called Shrub. 

As you know, we currently work with Regional Seasonal to provide pork for our FPP customers — but we have now added a sampling of new beef from this fabulous cooperative of small farms producing high quality, sustaible meat right here in Northern Florida. The beef we have in our store, Ground Beef, NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet Mignon, all were grown on Greenway Farms in Alachua, FL. Here the cattle roam freely in the pastures —  completely unconfined, eating non-gmo grasses, and are never treated with antibiotics or steroids. We feel privileged to be working with these incredibly thoughtful and sustainable farmers.

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In addition, we have re-stocked our shelves with Fresh Jax nuts and seeds, Jones Family jams, Waldoch honey, Wainright cheese, Sweetwater Organic coffee and more.

Happy Cooking,

Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: July 28, 2016

REMINDER — FPP Vacation Starts NEXT WEEK!

As you know, our local season hits an all time low in August and this is when our FPP team and our farmers take a quick break to recoup, renew, and refresh!  Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. Please hold on to our boxes and store in a safe place while we are away. We will collect on your next delivery date!

 

Happy Cooking,
Amie & the FPP Team!
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New Products from Our Local Artisans

Naturally Unique‘s Tandoori, Wicked, Steak, and Chicken seasonings have been such a hit we have added two more to the list — Herb de Provence and Italian Spices! You can try them out in our small packets or purchase in a larger spice bottle.

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  • Herb de Provence-this seasoning blend offers a fabulous floral experience. With lavender taking center stage, this can be used to season any vegetable or vegetable dish.  It also makes a great seasoning for vegetarian pizza in lieu of Italian seasoning. No salt added.
  • Italian-not just to season Italian dishes, this blend can also be used as a dipping blend with olive oil or to use as a seasoning with sauteed vegetables and garlic.  No salt added.

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Jones Family Jams: What happens when we get fruit that isn’t up to FPP standards? We send it off to Jones Family Jams and they turn it into something delicious. Kristy has been stirring up some plum jam — made with organic ingredients, and peach mango jam.

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REMINDER — FPP Vacation Coming Soon!

As you know, our local season hits an all time low in August and this is when our FPP team and our farmers take a quick break to recoup, renew, and refresh!  Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. 

Happy Cooking,
Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: July 20th, 2016

New Products from Our Local Artisans!

We are excited to introduce some new flavors this week from The Joy of Garlic, Naturally Unique and Jones Family Jams. Don’t miss out!

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Joy of Garlic: In addition, to restocking our shelves with Joy’s pasta sauces and garlic spreads, we’ve added their Mango Salsa to the list. It has chunks of fresh mango, pineapple, and shaved coconut blended with peppers and garlic. Serve chilled on a hot summer day with your favorite chips or use as a topping on fish or chicken.

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Naturally Unique‘s Tandoori, Wicked, Steak, and Chicken seasonings have been such a hit we have added two more to the list — Herb de Provence and Italian Spices! You can try them out in our small packets or purchase in a larger spice bottle.

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  • Herb de Provence-this seasoning blend offers a fabulous floral experience. With lavender taking center stage, this can be used to season any vegetable or vegetable dish.  It also makes a great seasoning for vegetarian pizza in lieu of Italian seasoning. No salt added.
  • Italian-not just to season Italian dishes, this blend can also be used as a dipping blend with olive oil or to use as a seasoning with sauteed vegetables and garlic.  No salt added.

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Jones Family Jams: What happens when we get fruit that isn’t up to FPP standards? We send it off to Jones Family Jams and they turn it into something delicious. Kristy has been stirring up some plum jam — made with organic ingredients, and peach mango jam.

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REMINDER — FPP Vacation Coming Soon!

As you know, our local season hits an all time low in August and this is when our FPP team and our farmers take a quick break to recoup, renew, and refresh!  Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. 

 

Happy Cooking,
Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: July 14, 2016

FPP Vacation Coming Soon!

As you know, our local season hits an all time low in August and this is when our FPP team and our farmers take a quick break to recoup, renew, and refresh!  Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks! If you are unsure when your deliveries are click “Upcoming Deliveries” for your schedule. 

We know that many of our FPP members will be vacationing during the next couple of month too! Placing your delivery on vacation hold is simple — Just log into your online FPP account, click “Skip Deliveries”, add your dates and hit “Save”! Just be sure to make any changes, including delivery holds, by Mondays at Noon!

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Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: July 6, 2015

Plant Based BBQ Class- July 9th!

Summer is in full swing and with the 4th of July around the corner, BBQs are on the calendar! If you’re interested in “healthying” up your BBQ options or are tired of bringing hummus to every picnic or barbecue you attend, you need to take this class. Kim White, of Yogitrition, is going to teach you two plant-based, meat-free options for grilling and BBQ, as well as her  Coleslaw and Potato Salad recipes that are absolute hits with all of her family. She says no one misses the mayo! For more information please see her website.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce –  Learn how to make a simple, yet delicious sauce perfect for folks who love a little sweet and smoke with their BBQ.

BBQ Jackfruit –  Jackfruit is a deliciously creative way to enjoy your barbecue, minus the meat. While it doesn’t taste exactly like pulled pork, Jackfruit has a similar texture and makes a hearty BBQ sandwich–it’s especially tasty topped with the Cilantro Lime Slaw yo’ll be making.

Grilled Tempeh – Tempeh, absolutely my favorite meat substitute for barbecue. While it may look funny, it sure knows how to handle barbecue sauce! Even meat eaters are pleasantly surprised when they try tempeh BBQ for the first time.

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw – This recipe will be an adaptation of her original recipe. The slaw is mixed with a creamy, refreshing tahini-cilantro lime dressing. You won’t miss the mayo at all.

Creamy Herbed Potato Salad  This is another mayonnaise-free, not so humble potato salad made with a rich and creamy tahini sauce and fresh herbs.

 

Happy BBQ-ing,
Amie & the FPP Team!
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