How Eggplant Got Its Name

Posted by Eric Siegel on Jan 12, 2015 5:11:00 AM

Blueberries are blue, sweet potatoes are sweet (though not actually potatoes), but eggplants miserably fail to live up to the expectations that their name creates. Though you can make a delicious eggplant omelet, you will still require a hen's contribution.

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Topics: Recipes, Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Organic Eggplants, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

Fresh from the Farm

Posted by Eric Siegel on Jan 5, 2015 6:17:31 AM
A weekly update from Boston Organics.

The start of a new year is a good time to try new ideas while also recognizing the things that work well, like our partnership with Nature’s Circle Farm.

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Topics: Organic Farmers, Fresh From the Farm, Organic Potatoes, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

Local This Week

Posted by Eric Siegel on Dec 19, 2014 2:50:33 AM

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The organic Macomber rutabagas in this week's boxes are a truly local New England delicacy. Not much is known about the origin of this unique root vegetable, but legend has it that it was invented in Westport, MA.

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Topics: produce delivery, Recipes, Happy Valley Organics, Local Dogma Box, Eat Local, Locavore, Winter moon farm, boston organics, organic produce, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, Organic Root Vegetables, New England Local Fruits and Vegetables, miscellaneous, New England Winter Cooking

Holiday Modified Delivery Schedules 2014

Posted by Eric Siegel on Dec 5, 2014 9:39:50 AM

The holiday season is upon us! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's Eve or the Winter Solstice, we want to make sure you and your family have everything you need to have a happy and healthy holiday season.

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Topics: Holiday, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

Fresh From the Farm

Posted by Eric Siegel on Dec 1, 2014 2:55:45 AM
A weekly update from Boston Organics. Filled with seasonal recipes and news from our network of organic farms.

We hope you had a fun and filling Thanksgiving! If you didn’t have time to send a personal message to your farmers, it’s not too late.

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Topics: produce delivery, Recipes, Happy Valley Organics, Newsletter, organic citrus, Fresh From the Farm, boston organics, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, Organic Squash, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

How to Pick the Perfect Pear

Posted by Eric Siegel on Nov 30, 2014 3:30:07 AM

Timing is everything when eating a pear. Eat one before it's ripe and it will be crunchy but devoid of flavor. Eat one past its peak and the mushy texture will ruin the whole experience.

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Topics: Recipes, Fall Produce, Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Newsletter, Organic Pears, Home Cooking Kitchen Tips, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

What Are Hakurei Turnips?

Posted by Eric Siegel on Nov 24, 2014 7:30:59 AM

The snowy white hakurei turnip is a late fall specialty at Michael Docter’s farm in Hadley, MA.

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Topics: Organic Turnips, Recipes, Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Home Cooking Kitchen Tips, Organic Root Vegetables, New England Local Fruits and Vegetables, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

What’s in the Dogma Box – October 22, 2014

Posted by Eric Siegel on Oct 22, 2014 11:13:17 AM

Our Local Dogma Box includes organic fruits and vegetables sourced as close to Boston as possible throughout the year. Similar to a CSA or farm share, this box is filled with the best organic produce from local and regional farms and brought right to your door each week.

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Topics: produce delivery, Recipes, Fall Produce, CSA, Happy Valley Organics, Local Dogma Box, deep root organic coop, boston organics, Atlas Farm, Organic Herbs, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, New England Local Fruits and Vegetables, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

What Are GMOs and Why It Matters

Posted by Eric Siegel on Oct 14, 2014 7:17:44 AM

October is both Non-GMO Month and Fair Trade Month — a reminder for us to pause our busy lives for one moment and to reflect on the current state of our food system. With the school year in full swing and the holiday season quickly approaching, this is a good opportunity to think critically and learn more about the food we eat and where it comes from!

You have a right to know what’s in your food. That’s the fundamental concept behind Non-GMO Month, which Boston Organics is celebrating throughout October.

As a Boston Organics customer, you’re already several steps ahead of most grocery shoppers because everything you get from us is USDA certified organic and therefore made without genetically modified organisms.

But with GMOs present in almost 80% of conventional processed food, shoppers across North America are coordinating their actions this month and calling for better management and regulation of genetically modified organisms.

What ARE GMOs?!

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There is a lot of misinformation out there about GMOs, so let’s take a moment to make sure we’re all on the same page.

Genetically modified organisms (commonly abbreviated as GMOs) are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology involves copying DNA from one species and inserting genetic material into a new organism, commonly using a bacterium or virus.

Though a fair amount of money and time has gone into researching GMOs with potential environmental or consumer benefits, the only GMOs in widespread commercial production are those that benefit commodity growers and large agribusinesses.

More than 75% of commercially grown GMO crops are engineered for herbicide resistance specifically the herbicide glyphosate, which is patented by Monsanto and sold under the brand name Roundup. Almost all the rest have been modified to create a toxin known as Bt, which is used as a "natural" insecticide.

A Risky Technology

A combination of lenient regulation and strict patent protection has led to the rapid expansion of GMOs in our food supply without adequate prior testing.

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Relatively little research has been done on the long term effects of GMO production and consumption. Almost all of the research that has been done was conducted behind closed doors and was paid for by the corporations that stand to profit from the growth of the GMO industry and its associated chemical pesticides.

On a personal level, the long term effect on reproductive health remains unknown and there’s a chance that untested GMOs could lead to unexpected allergic reactions.

Environmentally, the irresponsible use of GMOs has already led to the creation of herbicide resistant “superweeds” and pesticide resistant “superbugs.” Meanwhile, genetically modified seeds encourage farmers to plant large acreage of monoculture, resulting in the systematic destruction of biodiversity, which ultimately makes our food supply even more vulnerable.

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But perhaps the biggest risk that we take by remaining ignorant of this technology is its impact on our society.

Farmers are lured into restrictive contracts that fundamentally change the way they manage their land. Even farmers who deliberately refuse to buy genetically modified seeds must take extra precautions to avoid contamination from neighboring fields.

And the average American consumer, unable to see or taste these GMOs, is ignorantly ingesting GMOs by the forkful. At this time, over 60 countries require labels on food that contains GMOs, but the United States is not one of them. We should have the right to know what’s in our food.

What Now?

Learn

You now know the basics about GMOs, but it’s a complicated technology and our food system is endlessly complex. There is always more to learn.

The Non-GMO Project is a fantastic resource to get the facts on GMOs. As the only independent certifier of non-GMO food in North America, they help consumers make informed choices every day. Their GMO Fact Sheet is an excellent place to start learning more.

The Center for Food Safety is a well respected resource for quality information on food-related topics including GMOs. They recently debunked popular myths about GMOs that are commonly portrayed in the media.

The Cornucopia Institute pursues in depth analyses of various aspects of the food industry, but their findings are easily accessible through short articles and infographics.

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Act

The FDA refuses to get involved in regulating GMOs and the US Congress is dragging its feet on a national GMO labeling bill.

Fortunately, individual states have begun working on their own legislation to reign in the widespread use of GMOs. This year alone, 35 new GMO labeling bills have been introduced in 20 states. Voters in Colorado and Oregon will have a vote on a GMO labeling measure this November.

See what's happening with GMO legislation in Massachusetts and get involved.

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Eat

Supporting companies that have rejected GMOs by choosing non-GMO products is one of the best ways to show your support for a natural, GMO-free world.

Checking for the USDA Organic label is our favorite way to ensure that the food we eat is non-GMO and pesticide free. But when organic is not available, you can also look for the Non-GMO Verified seal.

Both labels are backed by third-party certification systems and they’re both great tools to help you and your family make informed choices. Everything that you can buy from Boston Organics is certified organic, and some of our products also have the Non-GMO Verified seal.

You can learn more about the differences and similarities between the two labels in our previous blog post.

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Topics: Fair Trade and Organic, Community Events, boston organics, organic produce, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, Non GMO, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

Fair Trade Month - October 2014

Posted by Eric Siegel on Oct 3, 2014 8:04:00 AM

October is both Fair Trade Month and Non-GMO Month – a reminder for us to pause our busy lives for one moment and to reflect on the current state of our food system. With the school year in full swing and the holiday season quickly approaching, this is a good opportunity to think critically and learn more about the food we eat and where it comes from!

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Topics: Fair Trade and Organic, Food Politics, Community Events, Equal Exchange, miscellaneous, Original Boston Organics Blog

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