It's Marathon Monday, but today we also commemorate the first shots of the American Revolution, fired at Old North Bridge in Concord. The event was memorialized by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1837 poem Concord Hymn: “Here once the embattled farmers stood, /And fired the shot heard round the world.” Honor your modern farmers through your enjoyment of delicious organic produce, and take some bites heard round the world. And if you see our vans this week, feel free to shout out, “The green boxes are coming! The green boxes are coming!”
The crisp, mild flesh of daikon radishes is delicious to snack on raw, with a crunch that may well be heard several miles away. Daikon is incredibly versatile, and makes a welcome addition to soups, stir-fries and batches of pickles. Though low in calories, daikon is a good source of Vitamin C and folate, a B vitamin. This week, try a homemade Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Tofu, featuring gently pickled daikon radish and Vermont Soy Organic Tofu. This vegetarian take on a popular Vietnamese sandwich will have you cheering, and not just for the Boston Marathon runners.
Basil, Basil Everywhere
Some of this week’s boxes will also include basil from Happy Valley Organics. Basil’s slightly spicy flavor makes us dream of warm summer sun, and we want to sneak it into every possible dish. A great way to do this is by making herb butter. Mix chopped fresh herbs into room temperature butter using a mortar and pestle, or combine using the pulse function on a food processor or blender. Keep herb butters in the fridge for up to three days, and spread on bread, pasta or fish. Radishes from Winter Moon Farm and fragrant basil make a fresh springtime snack in this recipe for Radish Toasts with Basil Butter. Honor another moment in Massachusetts’ Revolutionary history (though admittedly several months late) by throwing a toasty tea-party.
Since we can’t seem to get enough basil, try giving it a sweet twist in this recipe for Peach-Berry Lassi. The tart yogurt, sweet berries and gentle kick of pepper and basil combine for a satisfying treat.
Flavors of Spring
With the warmer temperatures forecast for this week, spring may really, finally, truly be upon us. Though more April showers may come our way, we hope we will only see snow drops, and not snow falling. Bring together earthy and fresh flavors of the season in this Edamame, Sugar Snap Peas, Green Beans and Beet Salad.
See the table below for a complete list of this week's local produce.
This Week's Local Produce
Winter Moon Farm
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!