With daylight fading earlier and images of a cold New England winter teasing our thoughts, we're trying to savor every drop of sweetness that fall bestows upon us. Lucky for us, there's a lot of it in boxes this week (and it comes from right here in the Northeast).
One such sweet treat is the buttercup squash (not to be confused with its cousin, the butternut squash), cropping up in Half & Half, Family and Dogma Boxes this week. The squatty green gourd is a Boston Organics favorite, all dressed up with its seafoam-colored pinstripes (and sometimes sporting a dapper top hat). But its not only handsome on the outside. When you get through the hard rind to the interior, a fresh, grassy scent awaits you. Once cooked, you can enjoy the mild orange flesh in a wide variety of recipes.
If you're looking for a simple and scrumptious way to prepare this Cucurbita, we recommend pairing it with another sweet ingredient—local apples—in this aptly named side dish for Buttercup Squash with Apples. (Don't forget you can stock up on local apples, currently available in three-pound add-on bags.)
The buttercup squash this week come to us from Nature's Circle Farm, located in Aroostook County, Maine. The farm started on just two acres of land, but a growing demand for organic vegetables allowed the farm to expand, and it now produces potatoes, turnip, rutabaga, carrots, beets, cabbage, parsnips, grain and, of course, squash—all USDA certified organic (and delicious).
This Week's Local Produce
Baby Bok Choy | Beets
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!