April is National Poetry Writing Month. We here at Boston Organics are partial to rhyme and alliteration, and employ these and other devices freely as we wax poetic about our favorite subject: organic fruits and veggies.
You’ll see our vans trundling round city blocks,
Bearing the fruits of vines and beanstalks.
Such wonderful loot,
Lots of veggies and fruit;
What goodies will be in my box?
Read on to find out!
Bean sprouts are among the most onomatopoetic of vegetables. Feel the delicious crunch as you chomp on cool and refreshing sprouts. Hear them pop! as you snap them in half. And if you serve them mixed in with noodles or soup, there may be some slurping involved too. This recipe for Fresh and Crunchy Bean Sprout Salad puts the sprouts at center stage. If the sounds of sprouts have piqued your interest, check out our Simple Guide to Organic Sprouts.
Calling Kiwis and Cukes
Kiwis are gems in the rough, with small black seeds forming a constellation in bright green flesh. Though the fuzzy skin may not seem terribly apeeling, the whole fruit is edible, and contains a wealth of nutrients. Take big bites for a sweet snack, chock-full of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and antioxidants. Bring fresh color to your spring happy hour with a Kiwi-Banana “Cocktail” Smoothie.
Cooling cucumbers create cravings. Well, for us anyway. We love crisp, hydrating cukes, and we especially love that they are grown right here in New England. The cucumbers in this week's boxes were grown in greenhouses by the members of the Vermont-based Deep Root Organic Co-op. If you're looking for more to love, we definitely keep coming back for more Greek Lentil Salad. The fresh mint, lemon and cucumber beautifully complement the savory lentils and feta.
It would not be hyperbole to say that Macomber rutabagas are the most super-duper special vegetable with a storied past. This breed was introduced to New England by brothers Elihu and Aidan Macomber, of Westport, MA, who returned from an 1876 convention in Philadelphia bearing the seeds for what would become a treasured crop.
Though sometimes referred to as turnips, these roots are classified as rutabagas because of their sturdy stems and leaves (turnip leaves are a little less hardy). The Macombers have the sweet flavor of a rutabaga, but the crisp white flesh associated with turnips, their Brassica cousins. Michael Docter of Winter Moon Farm, who grows the delicious roots included in this week’s boxes, says that the seeds can be hard to come by these days. Having a tasty bit of Massachusetts heritage makes us happy as scallops doing, well, whatever it is that scallops like to do. You can enjoy them, too, using this recipe for Scalloped Macomber Rutabagas
See the table below for a complete list of this week's local produce.
This Week's Local Produce
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!