DELIVERY DAY SUCCESS
KEEP IT GREEN
In an effort to keep it green, we reuse and recycle thermal pouches and ice packs, and we encourage you to do the same! Simply leave your empty packaging at your door on delivery day and we'll pick it up while delivering your order. We require a $5.00 fee for pouches and ice packs that are not returned.
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. Occasionally, we may need to retract or substitute an item due to inclement weather. We will always do our best to communicate these changes in a timely manner. In extreme circumstances such as a tropical storm or hurricane we may even need cancel an order. You will not be charged for orders canceled by Front Porch Pickings.
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. 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.