As I sit here with my cup of tea reflecting on 2018, I realize just how far we have come since brewing up the hairbrained idea to help bridge the gap between farmers and our local community. Oh my, am I ever so grateful. I am grateful for my friends that brainstormed over cocktails, my husband who encouraged me to take the leap of faith, the farmers that work tirelessly, and the community that has wrapped it's arms around the local food movement.
In this day and age, the struggle to survive is too real for our farms and the struggle to maintain good health is too real for so many in our home state. But last year, thanks to our community, we delivered over 16,000 local, sustainable orders --- providing more than 70 different farmers and artisans with just compensation for their hard work and over 700 families with REAL food.
Be proud! Together, we are making a difference. And it is in this spirit, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your honest support and to wish each day of the new year be filled with health, prosperity, and a ton of LOCAL veggies!
Happy New Year,
Amie & the FPP Team
Have a holiday tradition that you can't do without? My husband grew up eating manicotti and pignoli cookies at Christmas and well, let's just say, he didn't have to twist my arm to keep this family tradition going. Fresh homemade pasta? Oh yes please. But these puffy little almond flavored cookies are delightful. I have to hide a few just to be sure that I get some! I've included the recipe below.
It’s that time of year, the mad dash to the holidays. But don’t fret, Front Porch Pickings has just what your foodie friends will love! Here are a few gift ideas to choose from:
Camp Craft Cocktail Kits Get fancy and give the gift of great cocktails. I’ve been to enough White Elephant gift exchanges to know that the alcohol-themed gifts are the ones people truly want. Don’t be that person who tries to re-gift a 2018 desk calendar. Be the hero!
The inner baker in me always comes out during the holidays. There's nothing better than warm homemade breads, cookies or muffins. And now, you can make it even better by milling your own wheat at home! When you mill your own wheatberries into fresh flour, what you'll get is nutritious whole wheat flour where nothing has been added or removed --- and a taste that doesn't compare!
If you've not milled your own flour before and want to try, the WhisperMill by GrainMaster has been highly recommended by several local folks who've been milling at home for over 10 years. You can also check our AskWardee's video to get your started.
Not to worry if milling your own flour sounds a bit over the top, we have restocked on Daysprings' all-purpose and wheat flours just in time for your holiday cookie bake-a-thon. Family owned and operated by the Bretts, DaySpring Farms is an 87-acre farm, located just outside of Danielsville, GA and is USDA Certified Organic.
Thanks for supporting local,
Amie & the FPP Team