FPP News, Oct 4, 2018

Though the fall harvest is coming in, we are here on a 97 degree day waiting impatiently for the fall weather to arrive. So impatiently in fact that I’ve already ordered Maple Tap Coffee for next week’s deliveries! This is one of my favorite coffees to sip on a brisk autumn morning.

Coffee roaster and co-owner of JOB Coffee, James Adams roasts his coffee beans to perfection. He got his start in Chicago learning about coffee and started roasting in mid-2000s when he moved to Jacksonville. Today, he roasts for popular restaurants like Maple Street Biscuit Company, Urban Grind, and other locally owned coffee houses throughout Northeast Florida.

When sitting down with either James or Bob, you’ll find a new appreciation for coffee and realize there is so much more to learn than how the coffee maker works! But, did you know coffee is the pit inside the red or purple fruit on a coffee plant? Just like cherries, coffee is a stone fruit. Pretty cool, right?

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If you’re a coffee aficionado you’ll want to know all the details of this delicious cup they call Maple Tap. They start with their Dark Bark Coffee, which James would consider to be your “classic cup of coffee.” It is a “single-origin” coffee (meaning not a blend) from the Guatica township of Risaralda, Colombia. The plants are grown pesticide-free and the beans are harvested from October through April. They are fully washed and sun dried before making their way to Jacksonville.

The bean they use provides a low acidic coffee with earthy notes of wood and smoke — while maintaining a smooth yet, heavy body. Whew, that was a mouthful! But because this coffee is roasted to a “full city” roast (dark), it has a lower amount of caffeine. This makes it a great after dinner or evening cup of coffee as well as a jitter-free morning brew.

As for the “maple” in this tap, it is made by adding an aromatic maple oil to their Dark Bark Coffee. The infusion is made after the roasting process has completed. This process not only adds a distinct aroma, but a sweet taste of maple on the finish of an already amazing cup of coffee. This coffee is great for the drinkers looking for something a little sweeter or needing a little reminder of the crisp fall days in New England.

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FPP News: Sept 27, 2018

Fall season is here! Ok, so it may have been a 100 degrees this week but it’s true, the fall harvest has begun in Florida. We’re so thankful that Mother Nature has given Florida a bit of a break when it comes to the weather. This lush crop of squash (pictured below) is at Ben Wells Produce of St. Augustine. Last year at this time, most of our farmers, including Ben and Megan’s team, were cleaning up or still flooded from Irma. We’re crossing our fingers that good fortune continues!

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In addition to the new fall crops, we have new jams and jellies in stock from Townsend Specialties of Starke! We met up with Townsend last week and tasted what folks are raving about. He and his wife have been handcrafting these delicious preserves with love for years. We scooped up 4 different flavors immediately and now you can find them under the “Pantry” tab of our store.

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FPP News: Sept. 20, 2018

We are excited to partner up with the City of Palm Coast’s Parks & Recreation, offering youth cooking classes for ages 11 to 14 years. The first class of the Cooking is Science series kicks off on Sept 21st. The classes will teach students how different variables affect their cooking outcomes and is designed to build confidence in your young teens to experiment in the kitchen!

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Upcoming classes:

  • 9/21: Yeast – It’s Alive!
  • 9/28: pH & Pancakes
  • 10/5: Easy-Peasy Cheesy Ricotta
  • 10/12: Air as an Ingredient – Don’t Burst Your Bubble

For more information and to register for classes, please visit the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation website at: www.parksandrec.fun

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FPP News: Sept 13, 2018

Sonny Yambor of Sunsplash in New Smyrna has a special treat for us — all natural raw Orange Blossom Honey. I know you’re saying “Really?”, as we do live in the Orange State. But over the years, our citrus groves have been disappearing at alarming rates due to a disease called Greening. Combined with the damage left by Hurricane Irma last September and the declining bee population, real Orange Blossom Honey is getting harder and harder to find. You’ll find much of the Orange Blossom Honey stocked on the shelves of retail markets add flavoring to get their taste. But not this one — This is the real deal!

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Sunsplash has been in business for 25 years now. Started as a nursery, Sonny has added growing produce, raising chickens, and beekeeping into the mix.  He now manage over 5,000 beehives throughout the year and produces several varieties including Black Mangrove, Orange Blossom, and Wildflower.

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Image Credit: Sunsplash of New Smyrna

Uniquely, their Black Mangrove is also the purist you’ll find in the State of Floida. Sunsplash holds the only permit issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that allows them to access the remote interior islands of Mosquito Lagoon. This is where the world’s largest concentration of Black Mangrove lives and thrives as Florida’s number 1 nectar producing flower! The honey is darker in flavor and rich in taste. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

For more information about Sunsplash, please visit their website at: www.sunsplashnursery.net.

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FPP News: Sept 6, 2018

We have a brand new pickle in the store! Sliced and spiced by hand, The Pickle with a Little Zine offers all of the flavor & savor of the South that can fit in a jar! Back in 1947, in the small town of Fayetteville, Texas, the Skylar family pickles were created. Nanny & Pop Sklar made their first batch of pickles in their kitchen while canning vegetables one summer day. They knew right away they had cooked up somethin’ good!

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Nanny and Pop passed their pickling recipe down to their son, Michael. He added his own flair by including bolder flavors of onions, garlic, and even more dill. After tossing in a couple of Chili Petine Peppers, he bit into one and knew he had just created the perfect Southern pickle. You can get yours today by clicking on our shop’s “pantry” tab.

Find out more about their pickles at www.theredneckpantry.com.

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FPP News: Aug 30, 2018

I can’t tell you how much I love what we do. This week, I had the pleasure of visiting with the folks at Congaree & Penn while I picked up our order of shrub, grits, and middlins.

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If you’re not familiar with Congaree and Penn, let us share with you one amazing farm — as they are the only rice farm in the state of Florida. Not only do they grow rice but they mill their own rice on location, all year long. That means it’s fresh when it gets to you! And as you may (or may not) know, there’s a fair share of rice grown in the south that contains arsenic, but not this rice! WHAT? Yes, years of growing cotton in the south has left arsenic in the soil, which then grows in the plants. The good folks at Congaree and Penn have tested their soil and are arsenic free!

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In addition to their rice, the farm has expanded their crops over the last few years to include mayhaw, muscadine grapes, and olives! They do have a u-pick, but they also turn mayhaws into some pretty darn good jelly and muscadines into some pretty delicious shrub. What do you with muscadine shrub? Well you all know my go to is a cocktail. 🍸 But this also makes an amazing salad dressing!

Find out more about their farm and offerings at https://www.congareeandpenn.com. If you’re in the area, they now have weekly farm tours!

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FPP News: Aug. 23, 2018

We had a late run to Trader Hill Farms this past week to pick up more lettuce for Thursday’s boxes. While we were there, we were grateful to meet up with Kathy, the operations manager, who gave our family a tour of the facility. Kathy is nothing short of amazing. With a background in production and manufacturing, she and her team have this place running at top efficiency with an amazing detail to quality, sustainability, and safety. She’s a wealth of knowledge and so willing to share.
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If you get a chance, we highly recommend you tour their aquaponic facility. It’s amazing to see it in action. They grow beautiful Romaine Lettuce by using the water the fish live in to feed the plants and have a few other lettuces that they are testing out. No pesticides or herbicides are used. And furthermore, unlike hydroponics, aquaponics uses a closed system so the water, which contains nitrogen, is not drained off into the soil. Good for humans, good for the environment.
You can learn more about the farm at tradershillfarm.com.

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