Newsletter: May 7, 2015

Mother Nature is Turning up the Heat!

It’s a beautiful day here in Florida. But keep in mind as the spring veggies roll in, the summer heat turns on! Though we are seeing the end of leafy greens and lettuces that quickly perish in the heat, it’s still important to keep your veggies safe from the sun’s rays. If you are not home on delivery day simply set a cooler outside your door with a little ice. We will place your delivery inside your cooler, including the box its packed in. Keeping the veggies inside the waxed cardboard box helps to insulate and keeps the cold veggies snugly packed together. So please leave a cooler out that is big enough to set the box in upright — Your veggies will thank you!
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Remember, FPP has a 100% guarantee on quality. If your veggies arrive looking like they’ve had heat stroke, contact us at fp@frontporchpickings.com.

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Newsletter: April 29, 2015

FPP Welcomes New Delivery Coordinator, Carrie Parker!

We want to welcome Carrie Parker to the FPP Team. She has graciously accepted a position as a Delivery Coordinator. A native to the area, she and her family currently live in Jacksonville’s Marietta Area. Carrie will be developing Jacksonville’s “Westside” including areas like Crystal Springs, Cecil Commerce Center, and Argyle Forest. We are excited to start delivering to the residents in these new neighborhoods! Be sure to say hello to lil’ Zach when you see them at your door.

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Carrie picking oranges in her backyard with her son, Zack, onboard!
Please help us spread the word to your friends! And remember, 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! 
If you are interested in being a Delivery Coordinator for FPP, contact us at fp@frontporchpickings.com.

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Newsletter: April 22, 2015

Refer a Friend & Earn $10!

Did you know you earn FPP credit by referring your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors to us? 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 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!
 
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For more information contact fp@frontporchpickings.com

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Newsletter: April 15, 2015

Join the FPP Team

If you are looking for a way to get involved in the local food movement we’d love to hear from you! We are looking for hard working folks to join the Packing Team on Wednesdays and Area Coordinators in the Sandford/Lake Mary area for Thursdays.

Packing Team: Packers are an integral part of our team! We are looking for diligent players who takes pride in hand-selecting the food our customers’ receive. The packing team works all day Wednesdays at our Ormond Beach facility lifting heavy boxes, understanding produce quality, and gently packing customer orders’. There is no doubt this position will work your muscles! But it will give you the satisfaction of being your part of our local food movement.

Area Coordinators: Our coordinators are independent contractors who live in and around the neighborhoods we deliver. This is a great position for a stay at home mom, dad, retiree or student who is who is looking to make a little extra income working a few hours a week. Please contact us if you are well connected in your community and would like to help grow our service by recruiting new FPP members and delivering produce boxes to our customers’ homes. You’ll need to have a reliable vehicle with some cargo capacity, and be ready to provide great service to your customers. Other delivery areas will be opening up in the near future as well, so we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested.

For more information contact fp@frontporchpickings.com

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Newsletter: April 8, 2015

New Blends from Yaupon Asi Tea!

Yaupon Asi Tea is grown, harvested, and packaged right in our back yard. Originally known as “Asi” to the Timucua Indians of North and Central Florida, this tea was used in the most revered ceremonies, limited to high-status tribal elders and guests. Thanks to New Smyrna residents (and brothers), Bryon and Kyle, who have brought Yaupon Asi Tea to all of us — no matter our status. And now the “Original Tea of Florida” comes in flavors! We are excited to add Chocolate Chai Tea and Coconut Lavender Tea to our shop. Both teas will be available for your next delivery.

Chocolate Chai Tea: Spicy and aromatic, this classic chai has all the subtle notes of Yaupon. The light chocolate flavor is not overpowering, but present in the nose and the finish. Ingredients include Organic Fire-roasted Yaupon, Cardamom Pods, Ginger, Rooibos, Dark Chocolate, Natural Chocolate Flavor.

Coconut Lavender: Strong tropical aroma to the nose, this tea has honey and hay characteristic of Florida Yaupon with notes of lavender and coconut. It’s refreshing and delicious! Ingredients include a combination of wild-crop Yaupon, Red Rooibos, Coconut Flake, and Summer Lavender, and Organic Essential Oils.

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Newsletter: April 1, 2015

This Farm Cares — Blue Sky is at it again!

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This Farm Cares is a state program that promotes environmentally sound farming practices, in addition to helping educate our Florida residents on agriculture’s role in protecting our natural resources. 600 farms throughout Florida have qualified to receive the CARES award. We are proud that Blue Sky Farms is one of them! In addition, to adding their “garden” to help “sustain” the livelihood of their workers and connect with local residents, they have proven their hard work and dedication to conserving our natural resources and protecting our environment. Kudos!
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Newsletter: March 25, 2015

Get to Know Your Farmer — Frog Song Organics

Amy showing off her lettuce. Find the original picture on their facebook page.

John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik, husband and wife team, own and operate a small organic farm just west of Gainesville, FL called Frog Song Organics. After graduating from University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the couple broke ground on their farm in October of 2011 and have been Certified Organic by QCS since March of 2012. They are proud to be producing healthy and fresh food and we are proud to call them one of our own farmers! Continue reading