Newsletter 01-27-2012

Happy Friday!

FUN THINGS!

How about those blood oranges? Really fun, aren’t they? I love the color.  This week we have mandarinquats.  In case you didn’t know- you can eat them with the skin on. Personally, I like to dip them in a bit of honey, just for fun. However, they are delicious straight up, as well. They are available as an add on option this week.

SO…WHERE YA FROM???

It’s a question I got a lot this week, and not about me personally. Y’all want to know where your produce comes from. yay! I love people that are interested in their food and where it comes from. I now have the origins of the produce in your box listed on the website for your review. You will see a state or country listed after each item. Want to know even more? Shoot me an email, I love talking food. Oh, and the absolute middle of nowhere, a town of 600. That is where I was born and raised. You know, just in case you were asking. 😉



ITEM OF THE WEEK!


Thank you all that donated toothbrushes last week. Smiles now abound in Milwaukee, clean, smell good smiles. yay!

This week “item of the week” is socks. They can be used as long as they are clean. Got a pair to donate?  Leave them in your cooler and when we drop off your produce we will pick them up. We will send it over to the Hope House to be distributed to the homeless.
WELCOME GROUPON GROUPIES!

Welcome all you that got your GROUP….ON. 🙂 Want to upgrade your box for this week or add extra items to your order? Maybe you are all kinds of excited about getting regular deliveries from Brewers Organics, and want to get that information set up with us. We can help you make that happen. All you need to do is log into your account and you’ll see a little blue link that says “Groupon Trial: become a regular customer.”

PRODUCE REPORT!

Check out our blog (www.brewersorganics.com/blog). We have posted a Daikon Recipe on there for you. On Wednesdays we like to post produce reports, and we’ll give you the inside scoop on all of our fruits and veggies, along with tips and advice. And if the pesky little thing we call weather causes drama in the fields, and we have to make change to the contents of the boxes, you can read about it on the blog.

COOLERS
If you aren’t going to be home during the day on Wednesday, don’t worry, even if there are flurries. Just leave a cooler out for us to put your produce into. When you get home, you will have organic deliciousnes on your door step.

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS:

Oh, Brewers Organics Foodies. You are the apples of my eye, you make me smile until my face hurts, I bless your pea pickin hearts. With that said: If we need to swim a moat, slay a dragon, knock down castle walls, and save a princess to get you your delivery, we will do our best to make that happen. However, if you give us a heads up we can make sure to put on our hero gear on your delivery day. So please- update your delivery instructions if you live behind iron gates, have a doorman, a front desk, entrance is hard to find, we need a code to get into your building, or a rooster that might chase us.



Cheers and Happy Organic Eats!

Lucinda
hello@brewersorganics.com
www.brewersorganics.com

Single Bananas, Happy Hearts!

One of the questions I sometimes get from customers is: “Why do you break banana bunches?”  Normally we, as conusmers, are used to bananas coming in bunches.

Let me explain.

One of my goals is to reduce the amount of product waste the customer has. On average, the American consumer throws away something like 19% of the food they buy. To achieve this goal of reducing waste I sent surveys out and had the data analyzed.

It seems, that if a customer gets more variety in their box that are much less likely to ever throw anything away from not using it. Meaning, the customer saves money from lack of waste, and my heart doesn’t ache that there are hungry people in a America while great food is going in the trash.
So, yeah, I know it seems a bit odd that would break bunches of bananas. However, in the long term if a customer is a getting a box week after week, their actual consumption is near 99% if we put 2 apples, 2 bananas, 2 oranges in a box rather than 1 bunch of bananas. Make sense?

This is the same reason you will hardly ever get a 5lb bag of potatoes in your box. You’ll get a pound of potatoes and a pound of something else, and a vegetable of another kind. Enough to make a meal but not so much that you have spuds coming out your ears.

So, there it is, a bit of random information from the wild and wonderful world of  Food Love.

Cheers and Happy Eats!
Lucinda

Produce Report 01-25-2012

Happy Wednesday Everyone.

Your deliveries are underway. Everything looked fresh and delicious this morning, with only a few changes.

Instead of Concord pears, you will be receiving red d’anjou pears.

Some of the boxes will have romanesco in place of the broccolette.

Carnival squash was substituted for buttercup squash.

The raspberry blood oranges were smaller than expected so we threw in extra.

Cheers and Happy Delivery Day!

Lucinda

Newsletter 01-20-2012

ITEM OF THE WEEK!
Almost every day I have to ask my 5 year old daughter Fiona (she’s the one in the pumpkin shirt on our home page) more than once to brush her teeth. I don’t think she has ever just gone and done it without some gentle reminding that it’s time to do so. A mundane neccesity, brushing your teeth is. Or is it? Well, for some it’s a luxury, specifically those that don’t have toothbrushes. Well, this week, here at Brewers Organics, we are going to do our part in spreading happy (smell good) smiles. Our item of the week is toothbrushes. Got an extra one that you would like to donate(new only)? Leave it in your cooler and when we drop off your produce we will pick it up. We will send it over to the Hope House to be distributed to the homeless.

WELCOME GROUPON GROUPIES!

Welcome all you that got your GROUP….ON. 🙂 Want to upgrade your box for this week or add extra items to your order? Maybe you are all kinds of excited about getting regular deliveries from Brewers Organics, and want to get that information set up with us. We can help you make that happen. All you need to do is log into your account and you’ll see a little blue link that says “Groupon Trial: become a regular customer.”

PRODUCE REPORT! Check out our blog (www.brewersorganics.com/blog). We have posted a Daikon Recipe on there for you. On Wednesdays we like to post produce reports, and we’ll give you the inside scoop on all of our fruits and veggies, along with tips and advice. And if the pesky little thing we call weather causes drama in the fields, and we have to make change to the contents of the boxes, you can read about it on the blog.

Coolers
If you aren’t going to be home during the day on Wednesday, don’t worry, even if there are flurries. Just leave a cooler out for us to put your produce into. When you get home, you will have organic deliciousnes on your door step.

Delivery Instructions:

Oh, Brewers Organics Foodies. You are the apples of my eye, you make me smile until my face hurts, I bless your pea pickin hearts. With that said: If we need to swim a moat, slay a dragon, knock down castle walls, and save a princess to get you your delivery, we will do our best to make that happen. However, if you give us a heads up we can make sure to put on our hero gear on your delivery day. So please- update your delivery instructions if you live behind iron gates, have a doorman, a front desk, entrance is hard to find, we need a code to get into your building, or a rooster that might chase us.



Cheers and Happy Organic Eats!

Lucinda
hello@brewersorganics.com
www.brewersorganics.com

Daikon Cakes

So I made these for a friend of mine and she asked “What kind of meat is in these?” I told her there was none and she says “SHUT UP, NO WAY.” Um, yes way. Supposedly a radish hater, she sends me a text a few days later saying “All I need in my life is some radish cakes.”
So all radish haters unite because you are about to turn a corner in your world of food love.

  • 2 Daikons
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • Seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic…and chili powder if you have it)
  • Butter for frying
  1. Shred daikons and squeeze out excess liquid.
  2. Beat egg and mix with shredded daikon.
  3. Add breadcrumbs and stir together.
  4. Use a heavy hand with seasonings.
  5. Make into patties and fry in a pan coated with butter. (Everything is better in butter).

I melt cheese on the top of them but that’s just how I roll. Michelle Murillo (credit for the picture belongs to her) says you must 1. Grow chives in your front yard. 2. Fry them in hot oil. 3. Pat them dry. 4. Chop them up and add to sour cream to make a wickedly wonderful condiment. Or…you could be lazy like me and serve them with whatever condiment needs to be finished up and out of the refrigerator. 😉

Cheers and Happy Eats!

Lucinda

We are the Family Farm, Stand with Us.

We don’t want government subsidies, but we do want an even playing field on which to compete, so please don’t allow them to be given to corporate giants.

On average, if you added up our working hours, we make less than minimum wage, so please don’t haggle us on price.

We are walking wikipedias on the topics of our trade, so please don’t think us intellectually inferior.

If we cease to exist then you would be dependent on companies that are “too big to fail” for your food supply, and we all know that nothing is ever to big to fail so please oppose legislation that makes it harder for us to do what we do.

Who are we?

We are the family farm, and as such we ask you to stand with us.

Stand with us as we fight to keep our land out of the hands of those who attempt to swindle us into less diversification in the name of efficiency, by purchasing products from farms produced in a bio-dynamic way.

Stand with us so we can have the freedom to plant non GMO crops and save our seeds without fear of retaliation from companies like Monsanto, by choosing organic and opposing laws that allow companies to patent life and then sue us in the name of copyright infringement.

Stand with us against those that would have us raise animals in concentration camps for the sake of a dollar, by refusing to buy meat from feedlots or confinement buildings.

You are our customers, our neighbors, our countrymen, and above all else you are our fellow humans. All of us, together, can create a foundation that the next generation is proud to stand on. Together we can be keep our food system pure, and together we can leave this land better than we found it.

Cheers and Happy Eats!

Lucinda

originally published on http://www.naturallylocal.blogspot.com