Throughout the year, Boston Organics’ network of farm partners supplies us with fresh, local produce. We are grateful for all of these relationships. One special star of the summer local season is Atlas Farms, which keeps the Boston Organics Community in summer squash, poblano peppers, fennel and more greens than you can shake a stick at. We have worked with Atlas for more than ten years, and look forward to continue to collaborate to strengthen our regional food system.
Abundance at atlas
Based in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, at the heart of the Pioneer Valley, Atlas Farms benefits from some of the most fertile soil in the northeast. Atlas Farm’s diversified, organic approach to growing, rather than relying heavily on chemical inputs, helps ensure that farming along the Connecticut River will be able to continue for years to come.
Atlas Farms’ owner, Gideon Porth, compares organic farming to treating maintaining the health of the earth.
"Chemical farming is like having a headache on the land and taking an aspirin for it instead of getting some rest and being well hydrated and eating a good meal... that general system of farming is destructive to the land,” he says.
Atlas Farms is not only a productive organic farm, but it also serves as a food hub. One way it does this is through its farm store and Market Share program. Members of the public as well as Market Share members are welcome to purchase Atlas’ plants and produce at the store, in addition to bread, cheese, meat and other food items produced in the area. In this way, Atlas helps connect small growers with consumers.Atlas Farms’ store is a food hub in Western Massachusetts, and Boston Organics’ relationship with Atlas helps us to serve as a regional food hub, connecting growers from Massachusetts and the rest of New England with our community.
Summertime feastSummertime is when we are most grateful for partnerships with farms like Atlas, when we can truly enjoy the abundance of local produce. Celebrate the abundance of the season with recipes that highlight summer’s special produce, like cucumbers from the Kitchen Garden, fresh corn from Lakeside Organics of Hadley, and, of course leafy Romaine lettuce from Atlas. This week, we’re cooking up a seasonal feast featuring chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup, the Perfect Corn on the Cob, and Simple Grilled Romaine Salad.
See below for a complete list of this week's local produce.
This Week's Local Produce
The Kitchen Garden
Middle Branch Farm
Blue Ox Farm
Deep Root Organic Coop
Burke Hill Farm
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!