We truly love the long summer here at Boston Organics, and not just because of the beautiful weather and enjoying all of the fun things to do around the city, or even the return of our staff's favorite television series. Summer is when we get to really showcase all the amazing farms that we have alliances with. Unlike the characters in Game of Thrones we dont have to fear that winter is coming just yet, so lets continue to enjoy the fruits of our long summer. Much like the airing of a new episode of Game of Thrones every week we get excited for the weekly deliveries from our farm partners.
We are excited to work with a new farm partner this week, Riverland Farms, and not just because their awesome name reminds us of the Riverlands in Game of Thrones. The 20-year-old farm, strategically positioned on the banks of the Connecticut river, grows a wide variety of produce and this week we are lucky to have cantaloupe, bunched radishes, and green bell peppers. Not only is it enjoyable to be able to offer some new local items to our customers but it is also fun to talk with and get to know the people that own and work at these local farms. What better way to enjoy some fresh local cantaloupe then by making Cantaloupe Mango Papaya Salsa? This bright and refreshing salsa makes the perfect afternoon snack to enjoy in the peaceful river lands of Westeros or to eat while watching the new episode next Sunday.
Across the narrow Sea
On top of offering produce from a new farm we have a new add on item this week: figs. The tough skin of this fruit will turn a dark purple as they ripen and will crack near the stem end meaning they are ready to eat. Figs' rich sweet flavor truly shines when served with roasted sweet potatoes in this special recipe, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Figs. Figs are some of the oldest cultivated fruit in the world and we are thrilled that we are able to offer them this week. We try to purchase as much produce from within the Seven Kingdoms - erm, New England, that is - sometimes we do look farther afield to continue to offer a fun variety.
summer isles Squash
Summer squash can come in different varieties, shapes and sizes. The common thread with this vegetable is that the flavor and taste is delicious and a real sign of the season. There are so many different ways that you are able to cook this squash and you can find inspiration on our website. This week we have a recipe for summer squash that puts a twist on a traditional Italian dish, Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna. What a fun way to use this versatile vegetable. Enjoy this variety of squash for the rest of the long summer because winter is coming and we won't see this again till the summer comes again.
This week we have some local nightshades included in many of the boxes, including eggplant and tomatoes. We can't speak for the Night's Watch, but we suspect that those brothers in arms may feel a particular affinity for veggies in the nightshade family. Eggplant this week is coming to us from Kitchen Garden Farm, one of the many great local farms that we have a alligiance with. One great recipe to use that really highlights the flavor of these nightshades is Ratatouille. This hearty meal will give you the energy needed to battle the Night King or just a case of the Mondays.
Have a delicious week!
This Week's Local Produce
Dwight Miller and Son Orchards
Happy Valley Organics
Lakeside Organics of Hadley
The Kitchen Garden
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.