7 Essential Kitchen Tools

Posted by Rebecca Bilodeau on Nov 7, 2016 8:00:05 AM

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.

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Topics: boston organics, Newsletter, Home Cooking Kitchen Tips, Original Boston Organics Blog, Recipes

Fair Trade Month - October 2016

Posted by Eric Siegel on Oct 10, 2016 8:45:00 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

Squash in the Box: Your Quick Guide to Boston Organics' Varieties

Posted by Sean Connolly on Oct 3, 2016 10:05:52 AM

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.

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Topics: Recipes, Fall Produce, Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Newsletter, Original Boston Organics Blog, winter squash

Demystifying Avocados

Posted by Rebecca Bilodeau on Apr 24, 2016 12:57:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Original Boston Organics Blog, organic avocados

Your Guide to Fabulous Fennel

Posted by Rebecca Bilodeau on Feb 21, 2016 2:30:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Organic Fennel, Original Boston Organics Blog

How 'Bout Them Apples: Your Quick Guide to Boston Organics' Varieties

Posted by Sean Connolly on Oct 26, 2015 8:29:35 AM

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.

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Topics: Recipes, Fall Produce, Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Newsletter, Organic Apples, Original Boston Organics Blog

Fresh from the Farm

Posted by Eric Siegel on Aug 9, 2015 10:08:00 PM
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.

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Topics: organic tomatoes, Fresh From the Farm, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, summer produce, Newsletter, Original Boston Organics Blog

Local This Week

Posted by Eric Siegel on Jul 26, 2015 11:58:00 PM

7/27-7/31

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.

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Topics: Newsletter, Eat Local, organic tomatoes, Organic Farmers, Organic Herbs, summer produce, Original Boston Organics Blog

Are Pluots GMOs? And Other Questions About Hybrid Stone Fruit

Posted by Eric Siegel on Jul 12, 2015 11:30:00 AM

What would the perfect fruit look like? It would probably be sweet and juicy. It might have a bright, edible skin so you don’t have to worry about messy peels and rinds. While you’re at it, you’d want to make it easy to grow and sturdy enough to take with you without getting smooshed like a brown banana at the bottom of lunch bag. Do you have an image in your head yet? Does it look something like this:

This is a pluot, a beautifully constructed hybrid-cross between a plum and an apricot. Some people consider pluots to be the perfect fruit, but it’s also very much still a work in progress. Though the first successfully controlled cross between a plum and an apricot occurred more than a century ago, most people are unfamiliar with pluots. And those who are fortunate enough to have tasted these juicy fruits are often filled with questions about the mysterious hybrid.

Fortunately, Boston Organics is here to take you “beneath the peel,” giving you a better understanding of the mysteries behind the organic pluot.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, Organic Stone Fruit, Non GMO, Original Boston Organics Blog

Why You Need To Try Garlic Scapes Right Now

Posted by Eric Siegel on Jun 29, 2015 9:35:00 AM

Even the organic food movement —as grounded as it is in a holistic understanding of traditional farming methods, environmentalism and nutrient-rich food —is not immune to fads. Every few months, it seems someone has suddenly “discovered” the benefits of eating pea shoots, grapefruit or kale.

More often than not, these foods, which are spontaneously thrust into the national spotlight, are foods that the Boston Organics Community has been growing and eating for years.

Garlic scapes, one of our favorite early summer vegetables, seem to be enjoying a just such a Renaissance moment. While the Boston Organics Crew already loves cooking with them, we’re excited to see so many people trying garlic scapes for the very first time.

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Topics: Beneath The Peel / Digging Deeper, organic garlic scapes, Original Boston Organics Blog

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