FPP News: Sept 2, 2015

Dog Days of Summer in September?

We know the calendar is changing to September, but don’t be fooled by Mother Nature. We’re are still in the dog days of summer as far as the weather goes —  and it’s tough! We must have seen 98 degree weather while we were delivering this week and next week we may be under 4 inches of rain. If you will not be home at delivery, please leave a cooler with ice at your front door. Your produce will appreciate you!

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NEW Featured Products by Village Bread Bakery! 

We have added delicious new treats from Village Bread Bakery in Jacksonville, FL in our “Bakery” this week. Village Bread Café and Bakery is a family-owned and operated business that has served Jacksonville and the surrounding areas for over two decades. The bakery specializes in creating exceptional bread. This week we have added bagels, cookies, and pita bread.

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Next Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Organic Farm

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Local Box (Mini):  (Local Organic Cucumbers, Local White Acre Peas, Carnival Squash, Local Muscadine Grapes), NC Honeycrisp Apples, NC Corn, NC Watermelon, Eggplant

Organic Box, (Mini): (Local Organic Cucumbers, Organic Black Grapes, Organic Rainbow Carrots, Organic Broccoli Crowns, Organic White Avalance Potatoes), Organic Tomatoes, Organic Yellow Squash

Grab & Go: Organic Local Cucumbers, Organic Black Grapes, Organic Broccoli Crowns, NC Watermelon, Organic Spring Mix, Organic Baby Carrots, Tomatoes, NC Honeycrisp Apples

Salad Box: Organic Local Cucumbers, Organic Broccoli Crowns, Organic Spring Mix, Organic Rainbow Carrots, Tomatoes, NC Honeycrisp Apples, Organic Avocado

Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Banana, Organic Mango, Organic Pluots, Organic Bartlett Pear), Organic Black Grapes, NC Watermelon, NC Honeycrisp Apples

Smoothie Box: Organic Banana, Organic Pineapple, Organic Lemon, Organic Kale, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Mango, Organic Bartlett Pears, Organic Oranges

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


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Veggie Unearthed: Muscadine Grapes

Muscadine Grapes are a species of grape vines native to the southeastern United States and the variety grown by our local Florida wineries. These grapes are different than the ones we are used to buying at the grocery store. Muscadines are a bit more complex with a thicker tart skin and plump, sweet flesh. No real need for recipes — Take em out and bite right in! I eat the grapes skins and all, but some folk prefer to pop the flesh out and discard the skin. No matter what, you’ll find your way! Just remember, there are seeds inside.

Store your grapes by placing them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator to maximize their shelf life. Wash only when you are ready to eat them. The excess water will cause the skins to break down, crack, and mold.

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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 our carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

FPP News: August 26, 2015

Back to School Routine

Whew! We know all too well that the end of summer comes too quickly. But here we are, vacations are over and the first week of school for many families has arrived. Getting into the groove can be difficult. We are here to make eating well a little easier this fall with our meal planner. Using a planner can help keep you organized and ensure your produce doesn’t go to waste. Click for the full size pdf version: Meal Planner

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NEW Featured Products This Week by Let Them Eat Cake! 

We have added delicious new treats from Let Them Eat Cake in Jacksonville, FL in our “Bakery” this week. This locally owned shop has been busting out hand-made sweets using all natural ingredients for years now. Add on a bag of your favorite coffee and call it a night!

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FPP News: August 20, 2015

We’re Back!

We hope you had a good few weeks while we were away. Our FPP team had a great time touring the US, hitting farm to table restaurants, family gardens, wineries, Florida beaches and oh yes — hugged a few redwood trees on our way. We are well rested and ready to start our 2015-2016 season! Now, the local season won’t come into full bloom until late September to Mid October, so we will provide regional items in our local box and in our store for the next month or so. However, we are happy that some of our farmers have braved the heat this summer and continue to provide us some good local eats.

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FPP News: July 29, 2015

Eating the Colors of the Rainbow

Dazzle your dinner plates with color! Not only will adding color to a meal make it beautiful and enticing, but by mixing up your plate with the colors of the rainbow you’ll help your body get the broad mix of the nutrients it needs! Think outside the box — instead of steaming up one hot veggie, try sauteing a medley of different veggies, create a colorful fruit salad, or add cranberries, oranges, and nuts to a spinach and kale salad. Explore the rainbow!

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Below are the colors of the rainbow and the health benefits they bring to the table:

  • Red: Improves heart & blood health and joint support
  • Orange: Cancer prevention and increased collagen production
  • Yellow: Heart health & immune support
  • Green: Known for detoxification, green veggies promote healthy bodily functions and increased immune support
  • Blue/Purple: Powerful antioxidants to help reduce risks of cancer, heart disease & memory loss

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FPP News: July 22, 2015

It’s Summertime, Go Ahead — Treat Yourself to A Non-Cooked Meal!

Long hot days make the thought of cooking dinner hard to swallow. But we have created simple bundles that will keep your taste buds asking for more. And the best part — absolutely no cooking! Just open the hummus, slice the apples and cheese and feast your eyes on a perfectly delicious, no fuss dinner! We have a few options to choose from. Just click on the “Bundles” tab in the store to add to this week’s delivery.

  • Mezze Party Plate Bundle: Waldoch Honey, Hummus, Raw Cheddar Cheese, Raw Chipotle Cheese, Organic Apples, Cucumbers, Baby Carrots, Broccoli Florets, Dried Apricots — Add baguette separately to complete the meal!
  • Small Hummus Bundle: Hummus, Baby Carrots, Cucumbers
  • Small Cheese Bundle: Raw Cheddar Cheese, Baguette, Apples, Dried Apricots
  • Simple Summer Meal: Includes all items from both the small hummus and cheese bundle
  • Breakfast Bundle: Eggs, Sliced Bread, Jam & Peaches

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FPP News: July 15, 2015

Summer Heat and Rain Brings Regional Produce

We definitely miss the abundance of our local producers this time of year. We are starting to see more regional produce in our “Local Box” and, well, some last minute substitutions due to the extreme heat and torrential rains. You may see more communication from us updating you on quality or substitutions. We will do our best to relay any information as soon as we know!

With that said, we are super proud of our farmers Amy and John from Frog Song to do what they can to farm their Organic farm during the summer. We will be purchasing as much as we can from them over the summer months. And if you make something wonderful from your Frog Song Produce let us know and we’ll share on Facebook! Below is a snippet from their newsletter discussing the challenges of summer farming:

We’re grateful for the arrival of the summer rains to give some relief after the last few weeks of 100º+ weather in our fields. Thank you for your support during these difficult summer months. It takes us much more effort during this season to produce less product, which is probably the reason many Florida farmers close their doors until October. We’ll be here all summer long to supply you all with unique, tasty, nutritious produce. Please understand that many product may not hold as long, or have as perfect of cosmetic appearance, as products from the Carolinas, California and Mexico. Our produce has much more time to ripen and develop flavor prior to harvest and this sets it apart from products that must travel thousands of miles to be consumed by Floridians.
– Frog Song Newsletter July 2015

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Newsletter: July 8, 2015

Wishing you a Happy & Safe Independence Day!

In addition to celebrating our independence, the beginning of July brings a close to our local farming season and the start to many family vacations. During the next two and a half months we will stretch our gatherings from regional farms in Alabama, North & South Carolina, Georgia, and South Florida. This is the time when our local farmers take a short, but much needed vacation and then return to work the soil for fall crops.

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Front Porch Pickings will be on break from August 1st through August 15th. There will be no deliveries for two weeks!

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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