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.
There's no doubt about it, the Boston Organics Community sure ate well in 2016. Our farm partners and other suppliers kept us in fresh fruits and vegetables all year long, and it was a joy to see the shift from citrus and root crops in the winter to tomatoes and stone fruit in the summer, and to enjoy all the delicious produce in between.
To start 2017 off on the right foot, we decided to share our top-clicked recipes of the past year, to offer the opportunity to reprise tasty favorites or to find new inspiration for the year ahead.
Topics: Recipes, Fall Produce, Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Newsletter, Original Boston Organics Blog, winter squash, organic kale, organic carrots, organic sunchokes, organic beets, Organic Potatoes, Organic Herbs, organic sweet potatoes, Organic Mushrooms
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.
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!
Summer is winding down and while that might trigger anxiety about the inevitable blizzards and subsequent MBTA delays ahead, there's some good news: squash season is upon us. Study up on all the squash varieties you may find in your Boston Organics boxes, so you can make the most of these versatile vehicles of flavor.
In many ways, avocados defy characterization. Though often thought of as a fruit, they are most commonly eaten in a savory context, whether as a smiley green garnish or as guacamole. Their creamy texture makes them a perfect condiment to spread on toast. No matter how you prefer to consume your organic avocados, we’re here to go beneath the peel of this beloved enigma.
While working at a small, diversified farm in North Carolina, a member of the Boston Organics staff gave a tour to a group of elementary school students. The farm staff offered the kids small samples of the produce that was growing in the fields, including bits of fragrant fennel fronds. After chewing on the leaves, one of the students announced “This is the best licorice ever!” Though licorice, fennel and anise are all completely different plants, they all share a bit of that distinctive “licorice” flavor. And in general, we agree with that observant youngster; fennel is pretty awesome.
Apple season is just getting started here in New England. We will see some of the first fruits of the season this week with local McIntosh apples from Dwight Miller and Son Orchard in Dummerston, VT. As the autumn picks up, we will see an ever widening variety of apples. Study up on all the apple varieties you may find in your Boston Organics boxes, so you can make the most of this juicy, crispy and sweet time of year.
A weekly update from Boston Organics.
We’ve been talking about it for weeks, maybe months, but the time has finally come. With three different kinds of organic tomatoes coming from three different local farms, it’s safe to say that tomato season is here at last.
With fresh produce coming from seven local farms this week, it's hard to decide what we're most excited for. We're obviously giddy over the field tomatoes from Blue Ox Farm and the organic sweet corn from Lakeside Organics of Hadley. And Dwight Miller and Son Orchards is sure to wow us again with more spectacular Vermont blueberries.