Newsletter: March 4, 2015

In like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

We welcome March with open arms! The beginning of this month is usually ends our winter cold bursts that threaten the crops like the freezes we had last week. We hope that the farmers do not endure any more hardship on their fields this season. We certainly look forward to the pleasant weather that is all too short here in Florida! You know the weather I’m talking about, the not too hot, not too cold, perfectly breezy kind of day! Though the warm weather may feel like spring we will continue to see “winter” crops for another couple of months. This warm weather gives the farmers time to start seedling for our late April and early May spring harvest when we will be seeing green beans, fairy tale eggplant, summer squashes and my favorite…Blueberries!

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini): (Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Beets, Local Broccoli, Local Brussel Sprouts, **Local Mixed Medley Tomatoes **only in mini) Florida Strawberries, Local Tomatoes (Red, Yellow, Brown Mix) Spring Onions, Red Russian Kale

Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Organic Lacinato Kale, Organic Florida Strawberries, Organic Cauliflower, Organic Navel Oranges), Organic Snow Peas, Organic Russet Potatoes, Local Organic Leeks

Grab & Go: Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Broccoli, Organic Navel Oranges, Florida Strawberries, Local Tomatoes (Red, Brown, Yellow Mix), Organic Bananas, Organic Mango, Organic Cucumber, Organic Haas Avocado

Salad Box: Local Organic Butterleaf Lettuce, Local Broccoli, Local Spring Onions, Organic Cucumber, Local Mini Bell Peppers, Organic Alfalfa Sprouts, Local Carrots, Local Radicchio, Local Tomatoes on the Vine

Fruit (Add-on): (Florida Strawberries, Organic Blueberries, Organic Mango, Organic Kiwi), Organic Navel Oranges, Organic Bananas, Organic Anjo Pears, Organic Cameo Apples

Smoothie Box: Local Beets, Local Organic Lacinato Kale, Organic Strawberries, Organic Navel Oranges, Organic Blueberries, Organic Lemon, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Anjou Pears

Beets Unearthed!

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Your beets came to us from Blue Sky Farm, in Hastings, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

When we were kids, beets were canned or pickled and definitely not among our favorite things to find on our plates. These fresh, delightful beets are sweet and will change your mind! The interior flesh is absolutely gorgeous with a deep burgundy color. Don’t underestimate the power of these guys when roasted and simply paired with goat cheese. Goat cheese pairs so well with beets that there are hundreds of recipes matching up the two!

To store your beets, remove the tops and store the greens separately in a loosely wrapped plastic bag or glass container. The tops are edible and can be used any way you would prepare other greens like spinach or swiss chard. Greens will last just a few days, but the beet roots might last two to four weeks if properly stored. Place your beet roots in another bag and store them in your fridge. As always, don’t wash the greens or the roots until you are ready to prepare them, as moisture will quickly rot both.

Please watch this helpful video on how to clean and prepare fresh beets.

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!

‘Newsletter: February 25, 2015

Farm Run! Nicole, Co-Owner of FPP, Rides Along for the Day

Nicole_TomAs a mom of three and a small business owner, peaceful days are few and far between. But on Tuesday, I was able to step away from screaming toddlers and blinking computer screens to ride shot gun on our weekly farm runs.  I’d been looking forward to this day for a while. It turned out to be the kind of day that would have been great if I were a duck! But even a grey, rainy February day in Florida beats a February day in most areas of the country. We drove down winding roads lined with Live Oaks, listening to the hum of the diesel truck, and I enjoyed the company of our problem-solving, keep the truck running, the people happy, warehouse manager — Tom.

Our first stop was Blue Sky Potato farm in Hastings. Potatoes are pretty big business in this part of Florida. Blue Sky has a long standing history of supplying potatoes to our area but also being an advocate for the local food movement. This year they are doubling down on their commitment. Rather than hiring seasonal farm hands to work the fields during the potato harvest, Blue Sky started growing a variety of vegetable crops to extend their season year round. Their efforts provide farm workers and their families more financial stability and increase their quality of life by being able to “settle down”. We are happy to support them! Not only are we receiving beautiful farm fresh goodies but we are all doing are part in providing our local residents a better quality of life! This is Megan- Blue Sky’s hard-working, always cheerful, sales person who is in charge of making this project successful.

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We made our way through Jacksonville to meet with local growers who filled our truck with greens and goodies. Happily munching on a few extra French Pantry pesto rolls, Tom and I headed South to Brown’s Farm in Orange Heights. When we arrived at the farm, the tractor was just coming in from the fields filled with soaking wet farm workers and our freshly cut Swiss Chard. Cold and wet, they bathed the greens and packed them into boxes. Though the sun was nearing it’s time to set we knew there was still much to do on the farm. With a rainy winter day in Florida often comes frigid temps and the boys would need to cover the strawberry fields and other crops to protect them from the upcoming freeze. We loaded the truck in a hurry and incredibly thankful for the warmth of the cab!

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As the sky changed from grey to black our day was not over either. Once we arrived at our warehouse in Ormond there was still much to do as we need to unload our bounty and prepare for packing the next morning. Though wet and exhausted, we were energized with the knowledge that we really do know where our food comes from! This experience made me even more appreciative of the work that is done every day— rain or shine — on our small farms. And best of all, I was able to shake the hands and hug the necks of the hard working farmers that have fed my family for the past 5 years.  

Nicole Lebron — Co-founder, Customer Service Contact, and Lover of Food and Farmers!

New FPP Menu Planner

Don’t let eating well be a struggle. To make meal planning as easy as possible, we have created a meal planner that is designed for you to peel off the sticker located on your produce box and place it right on the paper! Easy breezy. Now, take a look at your list and create your meals around the contents of your order. If you want to plan early just write down your produce list instead. Click here for the full size PDF Version: FPP-MenuPlanner3.

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OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini): (Florida Strawberries, Local Cabbage, Local Purple Potatoes, Local Broccoli, Local Radicchio) Local Grapefruit, Local Tomato Medley, Local Leeks
Organic Bin, (Mini): (Florida Organic Strawberries, Organic Sugar Snap Peas, Organic Broccoli, Organic Red Baby Bok Choy, Organic Russet Potatoes), Organic Cucumber, Organic Red Butter Lettuce, Organic Sweet Mini Peppers

Grab & Go: Organic Sugar Snap Peas, Organic Cucumber, Organic Red Butter Lettuce, Organic Cameo Apples, Florida Strawberries, Organic Blueberries, Local Honeybell Tangerines, Local Tomatoes on the Vine
Salad Box: Local Broccoli, Organic Cucumber, Organic Red Butter Lettuce, Local Leeks, Local Cabbage, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Organic Haas Avacodo
Fruit (Add-on): (blueberries, strawberries, Mango, Cameo Apple) Bananas, Honeybell Tangelos, Bosc Pears
Smoothie Box: Florida Organic Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Lcoal Grapefruit, Organic Mango, Organic Cameo Apples, Organic Pineapple, Kale, Organic Spinach
Addition Items in the Shop: Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, Onions, and more.

Recipe Ideas

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!

Newsletter: February 18, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day

We have a sweet Valentine’s Day treat that will keep you buzzing! This week, treat yourself to a jar of Waldoch Honey for 25% off! That’s right! A 1lb jar of pure raw honey for just $7.50 and made by the well known beekeeper, George Waldoch. Type the coupon code BEEtheLove when customizing your order. We are offering $2.50 off this week only. Offer Expires February 20 and only while supplies last.

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The Honey Man

George Waldoch, aka “the Honey Man”, is the man behind our Jacksonville honey! He has been beekeeping since he was 6 — that’s when he was “old enough” to help his brothers tend to the beehives on their Minnesota farm. Now in his nineties, he still travels all over north Florida keeping bees and has no plans to retire!

Here is a shot of Mr. Waldoch we took a few year back!

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New FPP Menu Planner

Don’t let eating well be a struggle. To make meal planning as easy as possible, we have created a meal planner that is designed for you to peel off the sticker located on your produce box and place it right on the paper! Easy breezy. Now, take a look at your list and create your meals around the contents of your order. If you want to plan early just write down your produce list instead. Click here for the full size PDF Version: FPP-MenuPlanner3.

MealPlanner

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini): Local Organic Broccoli, Local Organic Red Romaine, Florida Strawberries, Local Fingerling Potatoes, Local Swiss Chard, Local Honeybell Tangerines), Local White Carrots, Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Local Tomatoes on the Vine
Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Organic Broccoli, Local Organic Red Romaine, Florida Organic Strawberries, Organic Purple Sweet Potatoes, Organic Mixed Medley Tomatoes), Organic Cucumbers, Local Organic Collard Greens, Organic Garlic, Organic Green Beans

Grab & Go: Local Organic Broccoli, Florida Strawberries, Local Honeybell Tangerines, Local White Carrots,  Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Organic Cucumber, Organic Bannaas, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Organic Ambrosia Apples
Salad Box: Local Organic Broccoli, Local White Carrots, Local Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Organic Cucumber, Local Sweet Mini Peppers, Local Green Onion, Local Mixed Tomatoes, Local Mini Cucumbers
Fruit (Add-on): (Florida Strawberries, Local Honeybell Tangerines, Organic Blueberries, Organic Bosc Pears), Organic Bananas, Organic Ambrosia Apples
Smoothie Box: Florida Organic Strawberries, Honeybell Tangerines, Bananas, Ambrosia Apples, Local Organic Kale,  Mango, Organic Carrots (no tops), Organic Baby Spinach, Local Grapefruit
Addition Items in the Shop: Organic Garlic, Organic Green Beans, Organic Hass Avocado, Local Brussel Sprouts, Local Beets

Strawberries Unearthed!

It’s a magnificent time for strawberries in Florida and with Valentine’s day approaching its the perfect time to highlight these little gems! Strawberries are considered a winter crop in our area, typically coming into season in January and lasting through March or early April. They are high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamin C, containing 75% of the recommended daily value. Strawberries are perfectly delectable on their own, or used in salads, baking, and sweet toppings like jam or salsa.

We’ve had some beautiful berries the last few weeks! To keep them looking good, store your unwashed strawberries in your refrigerator. Wait to wash your berries until you’re ready to prepare or eat them. Excess moisture will cause mold and mushiness. For the very best berry longevity, put a sheet pan lined with paper towels in your fridge and store the berries on it in a single layer without them touching. Ok, we know this isn’t always practical, so we store ours dry in air-tight glass container lined with a paper towel on the bottom to collect any excess moisture. And although we just told you not to wash your berries, we have had a few customers tell us that washing berries in a vinegar bath really helps. The bath makes sense because the vinegar would kill the fungus that causes the berries to get soft spots and then mold. Just be sure to dry the berries! You can check out more information at Momables: http://www.momables.com/how-to-keep-berries-fresher-longer/.

This Valentine’s week we’re featuring a collection of strawberry recipes designed with love in mind. Try sharing some of these sweet, romantic and beautiful recipes with the ones you love.

Strawberry Recipes

Would you like to give your sweetie some of those VERY expensive “tuxedo” decorated strawberries? They are cute as a button, aren’t they? This video will teach you how to make your own at home for the low, low price of a little bit of chocolate!

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!

Newsletter: Feb 11, 2014

It’s All About Planning!

Don’t let eating well be a struggle. As an FPP customer, half the battle has been conquered with online shopping and convenient delivery! Menu planning helps tackle the other half of the battle — what to cook each day. To make meal planning as easy as possible, we have created a meal planner that is designed for you to peel off the sticker located on your produce box and place it right on the paper! Easy breezy. Now, take a look at your list and create your meals around the contents of your order. If you want to plan early just write down your produce list instead. Click here for the full size PDF Version: FPP-MenuPlanner3.

MealPlanner

New Smoothie Box

How do you pack your morning with a punch? Smoothies! It’s a super nutritious way to start your day, takes less than 5 minutes, and is a great way to get through the greens in the box. Don’t be skeered! They taste great too. The best news…FPP rolled out a new “Smoothie” box last week just for those of you who love to juice, smoothie, or would love to get started! This box will feature seasonal items that rotate each month based off of 3-4 different recipes. Feeling confident? Spice it up by customizing with your favorites.

Want to learn more about Green Smoothies? See our Jan 29th blog post.

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OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini): Florida Strawberries, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Dancy Tangerines, Red Leaf Lettuce, Ginger), Red Potatoes, Spring Onions, Multi Color Tomatoes
Organic Bin, (Mini): 
(Sugar Snap Peas, Swiss Chard, Grape Tomatoes, Red Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries), Braeburn Apples, Celery, Butternut Squash
Grab & Go: Sugar Snap Peas, Braeburn Apples, Celery, Cauliflower, Dancy Tangerines, Red Leaf Lettuce, Blueberry
Salad Box: Red Leaf Lettuce, Mini Peppers, Broccoli, Mixed Medley Radishes, Spring Onions, Mixed Medley Tomatoes, Mini Cucumbers
Fruit (Add-on): Braebrun Apples, Anjou Pears, Strawberries, Blueberries, Dancy Tangerines, Honeybell Tangelos, Banananas
NEW!! Smoothie Box: Braeburn Apples, Anjou Pears, Hass Avocado, Dino Kale, Baby Spinach, Bananas, Ginger, Blueberries, Strawberries
Addition Items in the Shop: Brussel Sprouts, Beets with Tops, Turnips with Tops, Swiss Chard, Butterleaf Lettuce

Recipes Ideas –

Ginger Unearthed!

We have a special treat in our local box this week — Ginger! Grown by Sunsplash Farms of New Smyrna, the ginger is grown within 100 miles of most our customers’ homes. 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.

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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. Below are recipe ideas:

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!

Newsletter: February 05, 2015

Making the Most of your Produce – Pt. 4

With zero hesitation and full-throttle enthusiasm, I know that eating less meat and dairy and eating more veggies helps our family feel better, control our weight, and keep those blood analysis numbers looking good. I love the taste of our locally-grown-from farm-to-table Front Porch Veggies. So, what puts the brakes on this healthy eating for us? Finding the time and energy to wash, chop and cook! Fatigue at the end of the workday sometimes makes the fast-food lane appealing.

The last few weeks we have blogged about proper storage and two fantastic strategies that have helped make it quick and easy to pack in veggies — Green Smoothies and Salads-in-a-Jar. We have just found another perfect fit…the Food Saver Vacuum Sealer. Have you tried it? We’d heard good things, so we thought we’d give it a go for 79.00!

It took a bit of preplanning but we washed, chopped and vacuumed sealed bags of veggies in recipe-sized proportions. Then just popped them in the freezer without blanching. Dinner was a snap! It is so simple to just cut open the bag and pour the premeasured ingredients into the pot and cook. Best of all, the veggies taste great! When it comes to freezing veggies, there was an amazing difference over the veggies we’d placed in freezer bags. In addition, there was no ice forming on the veggies after a week…Yay for no freezer burn!

We prepared Famous Loaded Sweet Potato (recipe below), but when we sliced up the kale, carrots and cabbage, we doubled the amounts, vacuum sealing the extra and placed into the freezer. About three weeks later, we pulled the items out of the freezer and used them in the second recipe, Flexible Minestrone. This greatly reduced the preparation time for making the minestrone. We hope you give one a try!

Famous Loaded Sweet Potato

(Printed with permission from Simple Green Smoothies)

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup kale, stems removed and shredded
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400.  Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until tender.
  • Place shredded kale, cabbage and carrots in a bowl.  Cover with the avocado and seeds.
  • In a separate bowl, combine oil, lemon juice, and mustard.  Add to the vegetables and gently toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • When sweet potatoes are done, cut a slit in the top and pour the salad generously on top.

Flexible Minestrone

  • 1 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable juice (like V-8)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ¼ cups diced tomatoes
  • ¾  teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup orzo (or other pasta)
  • 1 cup white beans (like cannellini)
  • 4 cups shredded greens ( I used the kale and cabbage)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a 4 to 5 quart pan.  Add the onions and carrots and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add vegetable juice, broth tomatoes thyme oregano, and pepper.  Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions
  • Add the cooked pasta, beans and greens and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.  Add 1 cup water if you want more liquid.

So far, we’ve tried the vacuum sealer with kale, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower and shredded cabbage. The vacuumed sealed bananas look like we just peeled them although they had been in the freezer for weeks.  Now, we have three simple ways to get our fresh delicious vegetables to my family fast…green smoothies, salad in a jar and the Food Saver Vacuum Sealer!

New Smoothie Box

How do you pack your morning with a punch? Smoothies! It’s a super nutritious way to start your day, takes less than 5 minutes, and is a great way to get through the greens in the box. Don’t be skeered! They taste great too. The best news…FPP rolled out a new “Smoothie” box last week just for those of you who love to juice, smoothie, or would love to get started! This box will feature seasonal items that rotate each month based off of 3-4 different recipes. Feeling confident? Spice it up by customizing with your favorites.

Want to learn more about Green Smoothies? See our Jan 29th blog post.

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OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini):
Organic Bin, (Mini): 
Grab & Go: 
Salad Box:
Fruit (Add-on):
NEW!! Smoothie Box:
Addition Items in the Shop: 

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!

Newsletter: Jan. 29, 2015

Making the Most of your Produce – Pt. 3

How do you pack your morning with a punch? Smoothies! It’s a super nutritious way to start your day, takes less than 5 minutes, and is a great way to get through the greens in the box. Don’t be skeered! They taste great too. The best news…FPP is rolling out a new “Smoothie” box this week just for those of you who love to juice, smoothie, or would love to get started! This box will feature seasonal items that rotate each month based off of 3-4 different recipes. Feeling confident? Spice it up by customizing with your favorites.

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Just Starting Out?

We know smoothies can be overwhelming when just starting out but let us help take the stress out of it! The price of the high powered blenders have a lot of people putting the idea on the back burner. But you can smoothie with just about any blender. However, the consistency and texture will get smoother the higher the price of the blender. We tested the Oster Versa this week. I picked one up at Tuesday Morning for just $139. The fact that its said it could do nut butters had me curious, as this blender would be considered an entry level price. And wow, we were extremely happy with the results! When it comes to smoothies, we found if we use the “smoothie” setting, we just need to run it twice. But hey, I will take twice the time over twice the price when we are talking about an extra 45 seconds!

Now when it comes to recipes, don’t be worried about being exact! Use what’s in your fridge, mixing greens with fruit. Depending on your blender, give root veggies (like beets and carrots) a try. You can even add raw oats, raw buckwheat, or nuts to pack in a little more substance or protein. To get the smooth consistency always add a banana or avocado.

Here are a couple “toddler approved” smoothies we threw together this week:

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Green Smoothie
  • Ice
  • Handful of spinach (about 1 cup)
  • Handful of kale (about 1 cup)
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 pear, cored (can substitute with apple)
  • 1 banana
  • Cubed pineapple (about 1/2 cup)
  • A handful of raw buckwheat

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Root & Berry Smoothie

  • Ice
  • Handful of kale (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium beat
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 3/4 frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Want to know more about choosing blenders? Check out a previous blog post written by Kim Hodges

 

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini): (Red Russian Kale, Kohrabi, Honeybell Tangelos, Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Tomatoes on the Vine), Romanesco Cauliflower, Baby Bunching Onions, Strawberries
Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Chiogga Beets, Local Broccoli, Local Asian Braising Green Boquets, Local Baby Red Romaine, Local Strawberries), Hass Avocado, Carrots, Ambrosia Apples
Grab & Go: Organic Ambrosia Apples, Sweet mini Peppers, Carrots, Broccoli, Honeybell Tangelos, Baby Red Romaine, Mixed Medley Tomatoes
Salad Box: Baby Red Romaine,Sweet Mini Peppers, Broccoli, Tatsoi Spinach, Babu Bunching Onions, Mini cucumbers, Mixed Medley Tomatoes
Fruit (Add-on): (Ambrosia Apples, Strawberries, Honeybell Tangelos, Bananas), Mangoes, Concord Pears
NEW!! Smoothie Box: Ambrosia Apples, Mangoes, Tatsoi Spnach, Navel Oranges, Dino Kale, Bananas, Ginger, Strawberries *Additional Items needed to make recipes in Smoothie Box: Unsweetened Cocoa, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Peanut or Almond Butter
Addition Items in the Shop:  Organic Lemons, Parsley, Collard Greens, Cabbage, Fingerling Potatoes and more

Kolrabi Unearthed!

Kohlrabi

That little purple Sputnik in your bin this week isn’t alien in origin – it’s a kohlrabi! It’s a marriage of two German words, kohl (cabbage) and rabi (turnip). It’s low in calories and contains no fat or cholesterol, yet a half cup serving gives you 70% of your vitamin C for the day. Store your little veggie satellite by trimming any greens (can be used as you would beet greens) and placing in the highest humidity portion of your fridge.

Kolrabi can be eaten raw or cooked and taste quite a bit like broccoli stems with a bit of radish flavor, yet behave a bit more like potatoes in texture. Try steamed with buttered and nutmeg, boiled for a puree, shredded into slaw, or simply peel, salt and munch raw. If you’re grilling, consider peeling, cubing, drizzle with olive oil and seasoning. Wrap in a foil packet and place onto the grill.

For a beautiful, healthy recipe, try Greek-Style Kohlrabi – pears, honey, feta cheese and dates – yum!

 

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!

Newsletter: Jan 22, 2015

Making the Most of your Produce – Part 2

Last week we let you know how important preparation was in getting the most out of your box and we are going to follow suit with sharing Salad in a Jar. For all you time savers, you’re going to love this! Salad in a jar is a brilliant idea. Brilliant? It’s just a salad in a jar, right? What’s the point of using a jar, as opposed to a regular bowl? Sure it looks super cute, but what about the practical part?

It’s super practical, because you can make salads ahead of time and they’ll stay fresh for the entire week. Grab and go on your way out the door, or come home to an already prepared meal waiting for you in the fridge. What I like even more is that your options are limitless. There are tons of cold salad recipes that can easily be stored in a jar. Quinoa salads, bean salads, plain veggie salads, fruit salads, and the list goes on.

The key is to layer your ingredients properly. Dressing on the bottom, pickled and cooked items in the middle and crispy veggies and greens at the top. Or you could add veggies, beans and other ingredients to the bottom “wet” layer to pickle. The idea is to keep the items you want to stay crisp at the top. When you’re ready to eat your salad, shake it, pour into a bowl or eat out of the jar.

Here are few ideas:

REMINDERS: JACKSONVILLE & ST. AUGUSTINE DELIVERY DAY CHANGED TO THURSDAYS!

We have made changes to our delivery schedule to accommodate some of our farmers requests, give you more time to modify your order and get you your food as fresh as possible. Delivery day for Jacksonville, St Augustine deliveries and East Ormond Beach (between I95 and the Intercoastal- not beachside) to Thursday. As a result we have also extended our web store hours to Monday at Noon.  

OUR STANDARD BOXES – please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.

Local Bin (Mini): (Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Green Onion, Mixed Medley Tomato, Nappa Cabbage, Purple Cauliflower, Strawberries), Carrots, Fingerling Potatoes, Dancy Tangerines
Organic Bin, (Mini): (Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Organic Roma Tomatoes, Local Organic Green Kale, Florida Organic Strawberries, Organic Russet Potatoes), Organic Navel Oranges, Organic Mini Peppers
Grab & Go: Florida Strawberries, Organic Gala Apples, Local Dancy Tangerings, Organic Kiwi, Organic Anjou Pears, Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Organic Sweet Mini Peppers, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Broccoli
Salad Box: Local Organic Green Leaf Lettuce, Local Napa Cabbage, Local Green Onions, Local Cheddar Cauliflower, Local Carrots, Organic Mini Peppers, Local Tomatoes on the Vine, Local Mini Cucumbers
Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Bananas, Florida Strawberries, Organic Gala Apples, Local Dancy Tangerines), Organic Kiwi, Orangic Anjou Pears
Addition Items in the Shop: Organic Juicing Carrots, Organic White Mushrooms, Organic Cremini Mushrooms,

Recipes Ideas –

Napa Cabbage Unearthed!

Your Napa cabbage came to us from Brown’s Farm in Orange Heights, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

One may not consider a cabbage to be “beautiful” – but if there’s one that might take the prize, it’s the Napa cabbage. This elegant oval with creamy white veining packs statistics that are just as pretty as it appears. A cup of Napa cabbage is only 20 calories, but contains 46% of the vitamin C you need in a day! Of course it’s also got calcium, vitamin A, fiber and plenty of other goodness in store. Asian in origin, this veggie is the basis for many Asian dishes such as stir fries and kimchis.

Sometimes turning good food into great food is just a matter of substitution. We humbly suggest that you consider substituting the Napa cabbage for the lettuce in lettuce wrap recipes, salads and other raw applications, or for tortillas in tacos for a healthy, low carb choice. This week we are featuring a Fish Taco recipe and photographs from Karrah of Karrah Flores Photography.
 
Fish Taco Recipe
Items You will Need:
  • Tilapia or other white fish (we made about 4 fillets and had plenty left over)
  • Fish Seasoning (Target’s Archer Farms Fish Taco Seasoning Mix or Emeril’s Fish Rub are both really great for this recipe)
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt (We use Greek Yogurt; 23G protein per serving and 0 fat!!! It tastes JUST LIKE sour cream!!!)
  • Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Your favorite hot sauce

Instructions:

  1. Chop up your veggies and separate the cabbage.
  2. Season your fish and grill it up. Once thoroughly cooked, shred it and set it aside.
  3. Assemble and enjoy!

Additional Cabbage Recipes

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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 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!