Fresh from the Farm: Locally-Grown Broccoli and Asian Eggplant

Posted by Rebecca Bilodeau on Jul 24, 2016 11:32:00 AM

In these dog days of summer, we definitely find ourselves thinking about crawling into a hammock in the shade for a nap, especially when the long days are can be so full of play and activity.  Whether or not you’re taking time away from work, there are plenty of ways to give yourself a mini vacation and invite some fun and whimsy into your summer—from cocktail hour snacks to frozen treats—all incorporating produce and groceries delivered right to your door.

fresh floret forestBoston Organics - Broccoli

In this season of abundant produce, we are pleased to begin to grow another new farm partner relationship. Starting this week, North Country Nutrition of Hodgdon, Maine, will deliver delicious broccoli. If the fun of imagining that you're a giant eating a batch of tiny trees isn't enough enticement, think of all the marvelous vitamin C, vitamin A  and calcium you'll be getting to help fuel your summertime adventures.

These beautiful florets will be included in many boxes this week, and since so many folks have asked, they will also be available as an add-on going forward. As you shop add-on produce, we’ll be whipping up a batch of Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites for sunset happy hour.


enchanting eggplant
Boston Organics - Eggplant

Eggplants come in various shapes and sizes. The classic variety has a deep purple “eggplant” colored skin and an ovular shape. Recently, a few of our local farmers have been growing Asian eggplant varieties with long skinny bodies. These tend to be easier to cook with because of their lower seed count and thinner skin (you usually don’t have to peel it). The flesh also more readily soaks up sauces and flavors. This week, Queen's Greens, a new farm partner who brought us tomatillos last week, will deliver a mix of the dark purple European eggplant and long skinny Asian eggplant.

Though a member of the nightshade family, that name is deceiving. Eggplants love sun and heat. Embrace the summer with this recipe for spicy Sriracha Tofu with Eggplant and Basil, combining the summer’s heat with the best of its produce in one delicious dish.


Frolicsome frozen popsBoston Organics - Strawberries

Even if you’re not taking time away, give yourself a refreshing break with a frozen treat. Mix and match the fruit in this week’s boxes to craft delicious popsicles for all occasions. We love these tart and creamy Strawberry Kiwi Coconut Pops. Prefer to keep your flavors locally inspired? Blueberry Yogurt Ice Pops highlight the best of New England. Wanna branch out? These unique Nectarine and Greek Yogurt Popsicles with olive oil and sea salt may seem a bit strange, but are not to be missed.

 


This Week's Local Produce

 

Atlas Farm
(South Deerfield, MA)
Beets | Bok Choy |Calaloo
Green Bell Peppers | Cabbage
Chard | Collards | Cucumber
Kale | Red Leaf Lettuce

The Kitchen Garden
(Sunderland, MA)
Summer Squash

North Country Nutrition
(Hodgdon, ME)
Broccoli

Witchcat Farm
(Enosburg, VT)
Garlic Scapes

 
Happy Valley Organics
(Whately, MA)
Rosemary

Red Fire Farm
(Granby, MA)
Salad Tomatoes

Queen's Greens
(Amherst, MA)
Sweet Peppers
Eggplant
Heirloom Tomatoes


Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
(E. Dummerston, VT)
Blueberries


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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!

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