Summer starts a little later in New England than in other parts of the country, but when it finally gets here we're treated to a delicious bounty of stone fruit, greens, and other delicious treats. For new Boston Organics customers, there might occasionally be items in your box that you're not familiar with. We've put together our Summer Produce Guide to provide you with a snapshot of what's to come this season.
Thanksgiving is almost here and we're dreaming about all the wholesome dishes we can make with this season's produce. In anticipation of the big day, we've collected all the Thanksgiving dishes from the Boston Organics recipe database and posted them on the blog.
June is the unofficial start of canning season in New England. If you’ve never tried canning your own jams, preserves, or pickles before, there are lots of great resources online to help you get started in preserving the fleeting bounty of the spring and summer seasons. My favorite canning blogger is Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars, who has a very helpful Canning 101 series that covers all of the basics of preserving your own fruits and vegetables.
For those of you who are already familiar with the ways of the canning pot, I’ve assembled some tips to make you a pro of putting up.
Topics: Recipes, Boston Organics Community, Eat Local, organic produce recipes, Organic Cucumbers, Home Cooking Kitchen Tips, Local Season, Organic Stone Fruit, New England Local Fruits and Vegetables
In the cold months, we slow down a litte, spend more time inside, bundle up in layers...and eat root vegetables. With the yearning for sunshine and warmth comes a yearning for springtime vegetables. Even though we're not quite at the point where either winter or roots are going away (regardless of what last week's weather may have suggested), there is still plenty of enjoyment to be had from these local vegetables that have helped nourish us through the winter.
To make excellent meals, you just need a few simple building blocks. Below are some of our favorite dishes, which can be prepared using infinite combinations of produce from your Boston Organics box. We think of them as a different take on a meal kit. We love them because if you have just a handful of staples in your kitchen, you can plug in pretty much any produce you receive in your Boston Organics box and prepare a delicious, fruit-and-vegetable centered meal. If cooking is new for you, developing just a few skills will help you expand your repertoire immensely.
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.
It's fun to ogle the latest single-purpose kitchen gadget, whether it scoops out the flesh of an avocado while slicing it or removes all the leaves from a sprig of rosemary. While these tools may seem indispensable at first, they can end up in a dusty back corner of your bric-a-brac drawer. Beyond your pots, pans and bowls, we've assembled a list of true kitchen essentials, the items enable you to do everything those funny bits of plastic can do and more.
We're off to a beautiful start this fall. Find out what's harvesting this season and what you can expect in your box over the coming weeks.
Mention school lunches to a parent and you’re guaranteed to get an emotional response. We all remember the barely edible “food” that our own school cafeterias served, and while some schools are doing a better job of providing their students with tasty and nutritious lunch options, packing a lunch is still the best way to make sure our kids stay energized and ready to learn all day long.
Making healthy lunches for your children also teaches them positive eating habits for the future. But when it comes to school lunches, there’s nothing worse than having your kid throw out a meal that you spent money, time and energy putting together.
With junk food more accessible than ever, we want to make sure our kids are eating right when we’re not there. Below are five tips for packing a healthy school lunch that your kids will actually eat.