A weekly update from Boston Organics.
You can never have too many organic tomatoes.
We adopted that motto after a fungal disease wiped out most of Atlas Farm’s tomato fields last year. But this year our farmers have used all of their organic farming prowess to protect their tomatoes from late blight and they have a bumper crop to share with the Boston Organics Community.
So we’re putting our tomăto motto to the test this week with oodles of heirlooms from Atlas and juicy Roma tomatoes from Blue Ox Farm in almost all of the boxes.
If you’re looking for a delicious way to use your ‘maters, allow us to point you in the direction of a trusted Heirloom Tomato and Basil Pizza recipe that uses organic shredded mozzarella, one of our newest add-on grocery items. While you’re at it, you might also consider ordering a potted basil plant from Happy Valley Organics. At just $2.00 per plant, it’s the cheapest way to get fresh basil into your home for the rest of the summer and beyond.
If you really do have too many tomatoes you can always put them on your No-List. But if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to take advantage of the short growing season and load up on Atlas Farm’s summer crop by ordering a few extra pints of baby heirlooms from our seasonal add-on produce page—you can always pickle, can and oven-dry any extras to save for the winter.
Speaking of stockpiling, with the last of Atlas Farm’s cucumbers coming in this week, now is your last opportunity to learn how to pickle. Our Small-Batch recipe is a great introduction to the world of pickling and a fun educational activity to do with your kids.
Go Back to School with Healthy Snacks
Regular readers of the Boston Organics Blog have already seen our suggestions for 5 Healthy School Lunches and Tasty Snacks, but this week we have a few more to add to the list! We’re introducing two flavors of mini sandwich crackers from our friends at Late July. Try a single pack of organic peanut butter crackers or stock up for the week with a five-pack of white cheddar mini crackers.
If you’re a serious snacker, then you should seriously check out our assorted snack kits which help you save money on single-serve organic snacks, including fruit and nut bars, pretzels and popcorn. Everything is certified organic and delivered to your door along with your box of fruits and vegetables.
What’s That Green?!
This week, the 2/3-Vegetable Boxes include a somewhat obscure leafy green: calaloo. Though it’s not well known outside of the Caribbean, the Boston Organics Community has been eating this tasty and nutritious leafy green for several years.With organic fingerling potatoes coming from Middle Branch Farm and bell peppers on their way from Atlas Farm along with fresh bunches of organic calaloo, you have almost everything you need to make this Quick Calaloo Potato Stew. Usually calaloo leaves are stewed for a long time, like collard greens, but by cutting them into chiffonade and finely dicing the potatoes, you can have a delicious stew in under 30 minutes—making it a filling and healthy weeknight dinner option.
Enjoy your box and have a delicious week!