Since the beginning of daylight savings time, longer days have mostly meant longer evenings. The lingering afternoon sun can create a sense of abundance, of light and of time. But it can also be an uncomfortable and awkward season, with unpredictable precipitation and scraps of warmth. How many layers do I need? Darn, should have brought an umbrella.
There's one thing you can count on in this mercurial in-between season: your Boston Organics box will keep things fun, fresh and delicious.
Relish Longer Days with Nightshades
The lengthening evenings are a prime opportunity to gather with friends or family to share a meal, taking advantage of the extra energy more daylight brings. If you're trying to come up with a meal idea that captures the essence of togetherness, look no further than to an organic eggplant, conveniently featured in many of this week's boxes.
Even though it is grown over much of the world, eggplant (which is botanically a berry!) is indigenous to India. Create a feast inspired by the flavors of the subcontinent with this recipe for Baingan Ka Bharta. Adjust the spice according to your guest’s preferences by including fewer chilis, if desired. To complete the feast, put the organic cauliflower from this week’s box to use in flavorful and satisfying Aloo Gobi. Good company plus aromatic food is sure to put a spring in your step.
Spring is Just Plum Wonderful
Another sign of the shifting seasons is the availability of different types of fruit. Citrus season is beginning to wind down (though it's not over yet!). Get the most out of winter citrus by adding a bag of blood oranges to your delivery. In the coming weeks, however, we will start to see more stone fruit, beginning with organic plums!
There are many different varieties of plum, and the skin ranges in color from green to yellow to red to deep—nearly black—purple. Plums are closely related to other stone fruit, such as peaches and cherries, and are even in the same plant family as almonds! While the fruit of many trees in this family is consumed, the almond is the seed of the plant. Bring these two prunus cousins together in this recipe for Almond-Plum Buckle. Top liberally with vanilla ice cream, with all the wild abandon of springtime.
Spend a Rainy Day with Rosemary
Even though the days are longer, we know not everything is sunshine. On drab, drizzly days, there's nothing more comforting than hunkering down on the couch and rewatching a classic. Bring some warming flavor to your home theater with this simple recipe for Rosemary Sea Salt Popcorn. The smell of warmed butter and piny herbs will bring a smile to your face.
Bridge the gap between the seasons by sprucing up the root vegetables that have stuck by your side all winter. This Slightly Spicy Beet and Apple Salad gets its kick from raw horseradish. Enjoy this nourishing dish so you can get ready to get out and horseplay, and do some kicking around yourself!
See the table below for a complete list of this week's local produce.
This Week's Local Produce
Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
Happy Valley Organics
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!