Ever feel intimidated by cooking instructions? Not sure what to do with vegetables you receive in your Boston Organics box? Experienced cook but not quite clear on the difference between simmering and boiling? Brushing up on just a few cooking skills and terms will help you follow any recipe, or tackle any new produce item you encounter in your Boston Organics box.
Boston Organics is grateful to all of our farm partners who supply us with nutritious local produce no matter the season. The days are becoming ever-shorter, the nights colder, and farmers are starting to put the land to bed for the winter. Though their work continues, we are past peak local season in New England. In this slower time, we take a moment to reflect on the growing season, and themes we noticed during our early September visit to Atlas Farm, Lakeside Organics of Hadley and Queen’s Greens, three of our farm partners in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley.
According to ancient Greek myth, pomegranate seeds are—albeit indirectly—why we have winter. Persephone, the daughter of the goddess of fertility, Demeter, was kidnapped by Hades, god of the underworld. Before she was freed, Persephone ate seeds of a pomegranate. Because she had tasted food of the underworld, she was bound to return there for six months each year. During this time, her mother, despairing her daughter's absence, neglects to encourage the growth of plants.
As the days start to get shorter, pomegranates are coming into season, though for us eating their seeds means we get to enjoy a burst of sweet and tart flavor, and not a stint in the underworld. The technical name for the juicy seeds inside a pomegranate is aril, which refers to the thin skin and pulp that surrounds the tiny white seed itself. Once the arils have been freed from the membranes that surround them, you can eat the whole thing.
Though the red skin of a pomegranate may seem tough and impenetrable, with a few simple tricks, you will have a wealth of ruby red seeds on hand, ready to add to smoothies, your morning granola, salads and even soups and stews (see our favorite recipes below for ideas).
Watermelons are the cream of the summer crop. Juicy and refreshing, sweet and crisp, these melons make the perfect summertime dessert, picnic snack or barbeque side. But as common as watermelons are, how well do you really know them? We often just slurp down cubes and gleefully munch the top off triangular slices on hot days. Read on to get to know this taken-for-granted summer staple.
The Boston Organics Community is full of smart, curious individuals who care a lot about where their food comes from. As you can imagine, we get loads of emails and phone calls every month ranging from compliments to questions to inquiries.
We know that for every person who picks up the phone there are two people with the same question that goes unasked. That’s why we decided to put together some of our most commonly asked questions right here on our blog—to help current and future members of the Boston Organics Community find answers to things they may not have even known to ask.
They say that April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring delicious fruits and vegetables! The extra long winter has made spring feel a little slow in coming, but we have new produce items appearing every week and this one is no exception.
Topics: produce delivery, Recipes, Organic Eggplants, Fresh From the Farm, boston organics, Newsletter, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, New England Local Fruits and Vegetables, spring produce, Organic Stone Fruit
Dedicated locavores have been eating a lot of root vegetables over the last few months. Fortunately, with fresh cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes coming from Deep Root Organic Coop, the end is in sight.
Topics: produce delivery, Recipes, CSA, Happy Valley Organics, Local Dogma Box, Eat Local, deep root organic coop, boston organics, organic produce, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, New England Local Fruits and Vegetables, spring produce, organic sunchokes, Original Boston Organics Blog
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There is so much to celebrate this week, it’s hard to know where to start! With Patriots' Day and Earth Day falling in the same week, we'll barely have time to catch our breath. Thankfully our farmers have been working tirelessly to bring us yet another bountiful early spring harvest.
Topics: produce delivery, Recipes, Fresh From the Farm, boston organics, organic produce, Organic Squash, Holiday, Newsletter, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, spring produce, Environmental Businesses, Original Boston Organics Blog
The geothermal greenhouses at L'Abri Vegetal were running vigorously all winter long and it paid off with an abundant early spring harvest of organic tomatoes and cucumbers.
Topics: produce delivery, Recipes, CSA, Happy Valley Organics, Local Dogma Box, Eat Local, Locavore, deep root organic coop, boston organics, organic produce, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, New England Local Fruits and Vegetables, miscellaneous
With limited access to fresh produce over the winter, our pantries tend to become stuffed with canned goods, unhealthy snacks and processed junk foods.