This Thursday, September 22 is the autumn equinox, when day and night are the same length. (Approximately. We're mostly interested in the poetics.) This event marks the beginning of fall, and the ever-decreasing daylight as we head toward the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The balance of light and dark at the equinox got us thinking about other opposing pairs. Read on to see how we're bringing together all sorts of opposites in the kitchen using produce from this week's boxes.
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We may have put away our white pants for the season, and school may be back in session, but here at Boston Organics, we aren’t quite done with summer. Our farm partners continue to deliver an abundance of warm weather produce, from tomatoes to peppers to corn. And we say bring it! We are always game for more: more summer, more heat (though we’re not talking just about the weather) and more seasonal add-ons, all headed your way in this week’s boxes.
Throughout the year, members of the Boston Organics Community are able to enjoy locally grown produce thanks to the effort and expertise of our dedicated farm partners. The relationships our purchasing team has built over the years help bring our customers closer to the source of their food, and help to strengthen our regional food system. Last week, some of our staff had the opportunity to pay a visit to some of these hard-working farmers in western Massachusetts to learn about their operations and even taste some of the delicious produce members of the Boston Organics Community can expect to see in their boxes this week.
There are plenty of meal-planning resources out there to help busy families make the most of the week's groceries and limited cooking time. Planning meals and even prepping lunches for the week can help limit food waste and remove guesswork from already hectic schedules. But sometimes (or most of the time for many of us) tomorrow is as far ahead as we can think. Minimize the stress of packing a lunch for kids and for yourself (and don't fall into the just another PB and J trap) by making sure you always have these pantry staples on hand so you can make simple, single prep meals that will keep you and kids happy.
There may be a swirl of mixed emotions circling this week as kids prepare to go back to school. Whether the mood in your family is one of melancholy or excitement, Boston Organics is here to make sure everyone is ready to rise and shine (with a minimum of solar glaring at the bus coming down the road). Your produce box will be full of fruits and veggies to form the base for healthy meals, and our wide selection of add-ons will help make sure you have everything you need without the hassle of the grocery store.
From outdoor movies to beach outings to hikes to cookouts, summer can be a bustle of activity. All that fun can be exhausting! This week, we’re here with foolproof summer comfort food recipes to help you feel nourished so you can keep having fun. In your helter-skelter summer swelter, feel free to dream of cooler days with this hearty–but not too hearty–fare.
Throughout the year, Boston Organics’ network of farm partners supplies us with fresh, local produce. We are grateful for all of these relationships. One special star of the summer local season is Atlas Farms, which keeps the Boston Organics Community in summer squash, poblano peppers, fennel and more greens than you can shake a stick at. We have worked with Atlas for more than ten years, and look forward to continue to collaborate to strengthen our regional food system.
Watermelons are the cream of the summer crop. Juicy and refreshing, sweet and crisp, these melons make the perfect summertime dessert, picnic snack or barbeque side. But as common as watermelons are, how well do you really know them? We often just slurp down cubes and gleefully munch the top off triangular slices on hot days. Read on to get to know this taken-for-granted summer staple.
This August, champions will converge in a single location to demonstrate their ability to withstand the most grueling challenges of endurance. They will amaze onlookers with their grace and tenacity as they compete for the ultimate prize: to be chosen first for your dinner. The place: your Boston Organics box. The champions: the abundant fruits of New England’s local season. Grab your napkin and wave it high in support of your favorite produce, whether it is sweet, succulent watermelon, kickin’ jalapenos or some underdog competitor waiting to take you by surprise.
Though it looks like the heat wave may be breaking, there is still plenty of summertime left. Keep yourself cool and refreshed throughout the season, whether or not your office is air-conditioned to your taste. Read our top four favorite ways to embrace summertime heat, take a mini-vacation at your desk and make the most of the season in the office.