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.
Carrots carry the torch
First up, we have... carrots! Hailing from Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH, these flavorful roots had a difficult start to the season. The long dry spell slowed their growth, but they are now feeling strong and ready to go. Wave the torch to these crunchy competitors in this triumphant recipe for Burnt Carrots with Herbs and Crispy Garlic.
Fun fact: Even though these local legends were born and raised right here in New England, the domesticated carrot originated from the wild Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia.
poblanos score 10 out of 10
Some produce thrives in the warmth and the sun, taking much of the New England growing season to reach maturity. But when they do, they are glorious!
Poblano peppers are said to have originated in the Mexican state of Puebla, althought the peppers appearing in our boxes hail from Massachusett's Atlas Farm. These peppers have the appearance of a slightly flattened, pointy, dark green bell pepper, and a little bit of a spicy kick. They thrive in full sun, even after harvest: dried poblanos are known as anchos, which are often ground and used to flavor sauces and marinades.
Poblanos have been practicing their classic Chiles Rellenos routine for years, and are sure to win dinnertime gold.
Last up we have local watermelons, another long-season crop. This week, the mini watermelons included in boxes and available as add-ons come to us from Red Fire Farm. The grower, based in Granby and Montague, MA, has been certified organic since it started in 2001. The farm's dispersed property allows for effective crop rotation and soil building.
Striped green and white watermelons are the real hometown heroes this week; we are so excited to offer local melon to the Boston Organics Community. Watermelon’s pink, seeded flesh is sweet and refreshing, making it a perennial summer favorite. Even if it weren’t already a massive winner, it would be up for a good sportsmanship award for it’s ability to collaborate with savory items, as in this recipe for Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad.
See below for a complete list of this week's local produce.
This Week's Local Produce
The Kitchen Garden
Deep Root Organic Coop
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!