DELIVERY DAY SUCCESS
KEEP IT COOL
Proper produce handling should always begin the moment the box hits your front porch. If you’re home during delivery time, please retrieve your produce as soon as possible. Unpack your veggies and store them using our storage tips. If you won't be home during delivery, please place a cooler with ice packs at your preferred location.
KEEP IT GREEN
In an effort to always keep it green, we reuse and recycle our boxes, thermal pouches, and ice packs, and we encourage you to do the same! Simply leave your empty box at your door on delivery day, and store your empty boxes indoors and away from pets, kids, or chemicals. For boxes, pouches, and ice packs that are not returned, we require a $5.00 fee.
KEEP AN EYE ON WEATHER
At the end of the day, our work lies in the hands of Mother Nature and is sometimes beyond our control. Due to occasional inclement Florida weather, we may need to retract or substitute an item, or even postpone or cancel an order. We will always do our best to communicate these changes in a timely manner. For orders canceled by Front Porch Pickings, the customer will not be charged.
Greens like lettuce, chard, spinach and beet greens require hydration in order to remain crisp. Adding a bit of water to dampen your greens and storing them in a glass or plastic container (or better yet a salad spinner) keeps them fresher, longer. Wilted greens often spring back to life after being submerged in an ice water bath.
Root veggies need to be kept dry for storage and separating the greens from the roots upon delivery is crucial. Start by cutting off the tops, then follow the above instructions for storage. Next, place your unwashed root veggies in a refrigerator drawer, setting humidity control to low. Wash roots thoroughly during meal prep.
Contrary to the root veggies listed above, carrots need moisture to stay firm. Start by separating the tops from the roots, followed by placing in a glass or plastic container. Do not dry carrots before storing. If carrots look limp from losing moisture, submerge in an ice water bath and refrigerate for a couple of hours before storing.
Store tomatoes upside down at room temperature to prevent air from entering the stem area. Tomatoes on the vine or tomatoes with a small stem should be stored stem-up. Avoid placing in direct sunlight.
Most fruit does well on your countertop out of direct sunlight. The warm air speeds up the ripening process and the cool refrigeration slows the ripening process so its important to make the decision based off of how ripe your fruit is and when you'll be using it. Berries and melons are often picked when ripe, they should be immediately refrigerated upon delivery. Remove melons from the refrigerator the day before you plan to eat. Peaches and persimmons are picked when firm to help us transport the delicate fruit to you. Set these items on your countertop or in a brown paper bag to ripen.