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.
39216007_2239434889404204_4312523305534881792_nIf 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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Amie & the FPP Team!
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FPP News: August 16, 2018

We are so excited to get back to work and chat with our farmers this week. This time of year (you know when you’re sweating on the walk between your house and the car), our farmers are working hard outside, knee deep in soil! While there are a few remaining heat resistant crops still being harvested locally like okra, eggplant, and hot peppers, the farmers main goal right now is preparing the land. They are busy turning under their fields to add nutrients to their soil, making rows, and planting seeds or seedlings. It’ll be about 6 weeks before they’re in full production and their fall crops are coming in strong. Until then, we are working with our local contacts to bring you items from our surrounding states!38817509_2226694510678242_6546951007299960832_nOn break last week, our family traveled to the NC Mountains to escape the heat. We caught up with Jenna, owner of Happy go Lucky and her new family. She has since moved from Daytona to Sylva, NC where she is continuing to roll out granola with a ton of organic ingredients. We couldn’t help to bring some back with us. We know we’re breaking the rules since its not Florida made, but I’m hoping we can sneak it in since her roots are here in Florida! You’ll find her Nosh under our Pantry tab.

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FPP News: July 26, 2018

FPP Vacation July 29th – August 11

In true FPP fashion, we’ll be on break the first two weeks of August. As Florida farmers are down to a few eggplant and okra pods in their fields, we always find its a good time for both our customers and our team to take a break. Our deliveries will start back on August 16th.

This year our family is headed to the NC Mountains to escape the heat. I’m excited to be gathering up the family and heading out to visit some of the area farms. But even more excited to meet up with Jenna, owner of Happy go Lucky! Some of you may remember Jenna by her contagious smile and some of you may remember her by the amazing granola she’d whip up for us. She has since moved from Daytona to Sylva, NC where she is crushing it. Not only has business taken off, but she is now married and a proud mama of a new baby girl. Have I mentioned how excited I am to catch up with her?

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Don’t worry, I always have you on my mind. Jenna has whipped up a few new items and we’ll be bringing them back from the mountains for you. I know, we are breaking the rules…its not Florida made, but I’m hoping we can sneak it since her roots are here in Florida!

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We appreciate your business and we’ll see you in August!

Thanks again,
Amie & the FPP Team!


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FPP News: July 16, 2018

New Maple Bourbon BBQ Seasonings from FreshJax

We know its BBQ season when the temperatures are too hot to cook indoors. That’s why we picked up the new seasoning, Rosy Cheeks, from Fresh Jax! With a passion for great barbecue, they’ve pioneered a unique and flavorful BBQ rub with a big goal in mind. As soon as you taste the smokey maple bourbon flavors, your cheeks are sure to turn rosy with joy and satisfaction. You can sample in the small size or go all out and grab the larger 6oz container.

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Vegans and Vegetarians, we didn’t forget you! FreshJax was founded by Jason and his wife, Hillary, who’ve been eating a plant based diet for years. They have included a recipe to their BBQ Pulled Jackfruit on their blog.

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In addition, we grabbed some Tofu Scramble which Jason swears tastes exactly like eggs. So if you’re eating a plant based diet, have high cholesterol or just trying to switch it up, give the Tofu Scramble a try. The combination packs in a great deal of protein with no cholesterol.

Thanks for your support,
Amie & the FPP Team!


Help support our farms by referring your family, friends, and co-workers.

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 us and our local farms! 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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FPP News: July, 2018

Veggies Feeling the Summer Heat?

As the summer heat turns up, produce delivery gets a little trickier and proper storage become even more important. And this is when we are super thankful for our customers’ support and understanding. Though we try to stick with heat tolerant items that withstand the test of time, unfortunately the heat can create issues out of our control.

Its true, occasionally produce can degrade within the time we pack your items on Wednesday to the time you open your box on Thursday. This is due to too much heat or too much rain prior to harvesting and not because the items are old. If that’s the case, please don’t fret, your satisfaction is our number one priority. Just let us know if you have any issues with an item in your box. We will make it right for you!

So why doesn’t that happen in the grocery store? Well, let’s be honest — sometimes it does. But the one main difference is that items are coming from the north right now where the summer days are warm and the nights are cool. In addition, full time employees are picking out bad produce each hour!

While we are all can’t wait for the fall weather to come back, here are some tips to keeping your produce up to snuff:
– Place a cooler out of delivery day
– Bring in your produce as soon as possible
– Revive lettuce or greens in a Salad Spinner and store in glass or plastic container
– Wash peas and air dry before placing in fridge

Thanks for your support,
Amie & the FPP Team!


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FPP News: July 5 2015

Local Season Ends with a Bang

This year, not only do we celebrate our independence on July 4th, we celebrate our local produce season and the men and women who grew it. Next week is the end of the season for many of our local farms and I am grateful to be gathering around a table full of local items with our family and friends next Wednesday. We’ll be diving into fresh red potato salad, arugula and grilled corn salad, melon and let’s not forget a cocktail!

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As the heat turns up and afternoon storms roll in, we may be off to our summer vacations, but our farmers will be plowing their crops under and getting their fields ready for another season.  A few, like Brown’s Farm, Frog Song Organics and Alvarez farms will grow some items like southern peas, okra, peppers, and eggplant over the next 2 months. In addition, we’ll rely on our hydroponic and regional farms during July and August.  

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Amie & the FPP Team

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Alvarez Farm, Bacon’s Lettuce, Beli Farms, Big House Farm, Brown’s Farm, Double Blake, Cowart Farms (GA,), Hoover Family Farms, JW Yonce (SC), Kissimmee River Mushrooms, The Family Garden (Organic),  Spells Mangoes


Farm Box: Tomatoes on the Vine, Blackberries, Mango, Basil, Kale, Oyster Mushrooms, Zuchinni and corn

Additional Local Produce:  Arugula, Watercress Organic Cantaloupe, Organic Honeydew, SC Peaches, Blackberries, Organic Watermelon, Sweet Corn, Okra, Vidalia Onions, Mini Green Eggplant, Organic Grape Tomatoes, Whiteacre Peas, Butterbeans, Banana Peppers, Bell Peppers, Acorn Squash

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


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Your kale came to us from Bacon’s Select Produce in Jacksonville, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes. Bacon’s Select Produce is a family-run, hydroponic farm own by Fred Bacon Sr and his son, Freddie. Mr. Bacon started farming as a hobby after retirement in 2008, raising lettuces and selling at local farmers’ markets and then to local restaurants. 

Fred Sr. grew up on a farm in England, but that experience was very different from the farming methods the family uses today. From growing year-round to using only organic and beneficial pest control, every aspect has been a learning experience. 

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As you know, kale is consistently on every list of “superfoods” that we should all get more of in our diets. A single cup of kale has only 36 calories, but provides 5 grams of fiber, 1000% of your RDA for vitamin K and 200% of your RDA for vitamin C, 180% of vitamin A, 15% of your daily calcium needs and 40% of magnesium. Researchers, nutritionists and physicians have attributed kale with the power to combat disease, lower cholesterol, lower your risk of cancer and just two or three bunches can camouflage you during jungle battles against giant alien beetles. It seems there’s no downside to kale – you just have to find your favorite way to eat it!

The #1 thing we hear most about kale is how much folks love kale chips, so here’s a great recipe for Kale Chips. They even give instructions for using the chips to dust popcorn! 

Kale, like most greens, should be eaten as soon as possible. We suggest you refrigerate it unwashed in a plastic bag or glass container. Be certain to wash your greens completely before eating them. 

Here are recipes to help you get started:

FPP News: June 24, 2018

Set your vacation holds early!

Summer vacations are already here and placing your order on vacation hold is easy. Just log into your FPP account, click “Skip Deliveries”, add your dates and hit “Save”. You’ll receive an email confirmation within seconds! Just be sure to place delivery hold by Mondays at 10 am to avoid being charged.

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Amie & the FPP Team

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