They say that you can feel the seasons change in your bones. We're not sure if that's true, but you can definitely taste it on your tongue.
The apple harvest is in full swing, and we have two different apples from two local farms in our boxes this week. The McIntosh apples from Dwight Miller Orchard are at their usual level of excellency, but we're especially eager to try Happy Valley Organics' Rubinola apples.
Doug Coldwell, owner of Happy Valley Organics, planted some apple trees on the edge of his fields a few years ago. They produced a small yield of apples last year, but the wet spring kept the young trees from producing much fruit. This year, however, he has enough to share with the Boston Organics Community for the very first time!
Rubinola apples have flushed, faded red skin and sweet, aromatic flavor. The trees are particularly resistant to common diseases and their blossoms attract a variety of beneficial pollinators—two qualities that make them a good addition to an organic herb farm like Happy Valley.
The first harvest of delicata squash at Atlas Farm is another sure sign of New England's changing seasons and palates. We technically classify it as a "winter squash," but this early fall squash has a semi-soft rind that you can actually eat once you cook it. Think of it as the missing link between zucchini and acorn squash!
There are a million different ways to prepare delicata squash, but their rich and buttery flavor makes them ideal candidates for a quick roast. Try this recipe for Roasted Delicata Squash with Mushrooms and Thyme for an easy and tasty combo that features fresh herbs from Happy Valley Organics. It goes well over garlicky rice and sauteed kale or dandelion greens—both of which are available from our friends at Atlas Farm.
This Week's Local Produce
Green Bell Peppers
Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
All of the fruits and vegetables we deliver are grown without synthetic pesticides and are USDA certified organic. Interested in receiving produce that's both organic and locally sourced all year round? Check out our Local Dogma Box.
Similar to a CSA or farm share, our Local Dogma Box is filled with the best organic produce from local and regional farms and brought right to your door each week. It's the easiest way to eat like a locavore!