As we prepare for the 4th of July holiday, red, white and blue are present everywhere. But more than any other color, green will be bursting like fireworks from Boston Organics boxes this week, and in many and varied forms the equal of any night sky spectacle. From curlicue garlic scapes to spade-shaped calaloo to wrinkled kale, you are sure to see all shades of green. Read on to learn about all the show-stoppers in this week’s boxes.
The great scape
Curious about the curled-up, garlicky-smelling item in your box? Those are garlic scapes, which garlic plants grow in the spring. If left to develop, they will become flowers, producing the seeds for future plants. Garlic farmers want to prevent flowering, which diverts energy from the tasty plant bulbs. This is great news for us, because the trimmed-back stems, or scapes, are super delicious and versatile (read more about them on our blog).
Use scapes wherever you would use cloves of garlic, or chop them up and treat them like mildly-garlicky green beans. We love this recipe for Rice with Tempeh, Garlic Scapes and Crimini. Be sure you don't miss the fleeting scape season, and order them as add-ons today.
Calaloo to you
The word calaloo can refer either to a specific Caribbean dish made with green leafy veggies, or to the leaves themselves. The calaloo included in Boston Organics boxes is a type of amaranth, grown at Atlas Farm of South Deerfield, MA, one of Boston Organics' oldest farm partners.
Calaloo and thyme are often paired together to create hearty dishes, like this recipe for Quick Calaloo Potato Stew. In fact, thyme's tiny, fragrant leaves are sure to add warming flavor to any dish, and there's nothing like a long weekend to make you feel like you have all the thyme in the world. Enjoy the lingering sun and the joy of an extra weekend day with a delicious Honey Lemon Thyme Cocktail. We love the combination of savory thyme with bright citrus.
You look radishing
Radishes will also be found in boxes this week. Along with bunched beets, these bright little treasures come to us from the Kitchen Garden in Sunderland, MA. As part of a diverse array of organic vegetables, farmers Tim Wilcox and Caroline Pam grow chili peppers and host a chili festival each fall. Members of the Boston Organics community have enjoyed their produce since 2015.
Though radishes are often used as salad toppings, both the roots and greens can be cooked to delicious effect with this recipe for Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens. Enjoy the whole plant, drizzled with savory brown butter and refreshing lemon.
See below for a complete list of this week's local produce.
This Week's Local Produce
Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
All of the fruits and vegetables we deliver are grown without synthetic pesticides and are USDA certified organic. Interested in receiving produce that's both organic and locally sourced all year round? Check out our Local Dogma Box.
Similar to a CSA or farm share, our Local Dogma Box is filled with the best organic produce from local and regional farms and brought right to your door each week. It's the easiest way to eat like a locavore!