Local Ingredients for the Week of 8/19/18

Cuban Pork & Yellow Rice featuring local ingredients from Fresh Box Farms, Pete's Greens, Kitchen Garden Farm & The Spice Mill

Cuban Pork & Yellow Rice featuring local ingredients from Fresh Box Farms, Pete’s Greens, Kitchen Garden Farm & The Spice Mill

Each week, we strive to include as many local ingredients in our meal kits as possible. This often means we source ingredients just a few days before delivery. If you’re a regular customer, you’ve seen our lists of local ingredients in your box letters. Now, we’ll be publishing the list each week as we source. Please note: ingredient sources are subject to change due to last-minute availability!

  • Baby Spinach from Fresh Box Farms in Millis, MA – Cuban Pork and Yellow Rice
  • Organic Green Bell Pepper from Pete’s Greens in Waterbury, VT – Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese
  • Organic Cucumber from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA – Lentil Fattoush
  • Organic Easter Egg Radishes from Pete’s Greens in Waterbury, VT- Cuban Pork and Yellow Rice
  • Organic Japanese Eggplant from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA – Thai Curry with Black Rice
  • Organic Heirloom Tomatoes from Queen’s Greens in Amherst, MA – Lentil Fattoush
  • Shrimp from Red’s Best in Boston, MA – Southwest Shrimp Tacos with Lime Crema
  • Goat Cheese from Vermont Creamery in Websterville, VT – Poached Chicken with Haricots Verts
  • Monterey Jack Cheese from Cabot Creamery in Cabot, VT – Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sour Cream from Cabot Creamery in Cabot, VT – Southwest Shrimp Tacos with Lime Crema
  • Pita from Middle East Bakery in Lawrence, MA – Lentil Fattoush
  • Chili Powder from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT – Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cumin from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT – Cuban Pork and Yellow Rice
  • Ras el Hanout from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT – Sweet Potato and Chickpea Tagine
  • Southwest Seasoning from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT – Southwest Shrimp Tacos with Lime Crema
  • Turmeric from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT – Cuban Pork and Yellow Rice
  • Sriracha from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA – Cuban Pork and Yellow Rice

New England Summer Activity Roundup

Thomas Land at Edaville Family Theme Park

Thomas Land at Edaville Family Theme Park

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the Summer Fun Giveaway. You brought to light for us some New England adventure spots & activities that we weren’t familiar with and that we’re eager to share with others who may not be aware of all that New England has to offer.

To start, here’s some information about our Summer Fun Giveaway partners:

  • Animal Adventures: Located in Bolton, MA, owners Ed & Brenda Laquidara take in exotic animals that are no longer able to be kept by their current owners and provide them with a high quality of life. These animals are used for educational programs or are placed at other animal facilities, depending on their needs. Enjoy daily animal shows, private tours and even host a birthday party or corporate event here… after all, it’s #waycoolerthanazoo.
  • Edaville Family Theme Park: From Cran Central to Thomas Land, Dino Land & more, Edaville, located in Carver, MA, offers everything from rides and attractions to food, shopping, and daily events. PLUS, parking is always free. Edaville also offers events outside of the summer months: “Pumpkins Aglow” in October, and their Christmas Festival of Lights, which offers train rides through brilliant displays lit with over 7 million lights during the Christmas season!
  • The Butterfly Place: Open 7 days a week from Valentine’s Day through Columbus Day, The Butterfly Place is an indoor garden filled with hundreds of free-flying butterflies from New England as well as tropical species from all over the world. Located in Westford, MA, The Butterfly Place is able to host a wide variety of events from birthday parties to bridal showers, weddings, family gatherings, corporate events and more.  
  • King Richard’s Faire: As one of the biggest and best Renaissance fairs in New England, King Richard’s Faire sits on 80 enchanted acres. Featuring entertainment, rides, skilled games, acrobats, aerialists, jugglers & more, you can expect to see hundreds of talented performers as you traverse the grounds. Indulge in spit-roasted turkey legs, ringlets of fryes, and boules of chowder or stew, and wash it all down with champagne, wine or a brew.

And here are a few that to us, we found new:

  • Fourth Cliff: Located in Scituate, MA, Fourth Cliff is a 56-acre seaside resort. In the spring & summer, enjoy a variety of boating, camping, party & sports equipment, as well as access to picnic areas – reservations accepted!
  • Squam Lake Natural Science Center: Located in Holderness, NH, the mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. It’s open from May 1 to November 1 and offers a variety of educational and enlightening programs, including guided discoveries, natural adventures, lake cruises & more.

And more for the kids:

  • Roger Williams Park Zoo: With over 160 animals from around the world ranging from pandas, elephants & giraffes to sloths, snow leopards, anteaters & more, the Providence, RI zoo is one of the oldest in the country and rests on 40 acres of land. Enjoy animal encounters, camel & train rides, concessions and much more, the Roger Williams Park Zoo is an awesome adventure for the whole family.
  • Story Land: Recognized as the best children’s theme park in New Hampshire, Story Land has been offering rides and entertainment to families for over 60 years. From the Antique Cars to the Whirling Whales, Crazy Barn, Flying Fish & Splash Battle, the park has evolved and expanded over the years and continues to offer all-inclusive attractions, events and shows, plus FREE parking & pet kennels!

In addition to these destinations, we also learned that most of our contest participants enjoy beach going, lake life, community boating, baseball games, day trips and fun with family. We hope this list provides you with new ideas for exploration and activities… and as always, we look forward to hearing any other suggestions you may have!

 

Local Ingredients for the Week of 8/12/18

Grilled Salmon & Quinoa Salad featuring organic scallions & zucchini from Kitchen Garden Farm and Gulf of Maine salmon from Red's Best

Grilled Salmon & Quinoa Salad featuring organic scallions & zucchini from Kitchen Garden Farm and Gulf of Maine salmon from Red’s Best

Each week, we strive to include as many local ingredients in our meal kits as possible. This often means we source ingredients just a few days before delivery. If you’re a regular customer, you’ve seen our lists of local ingredients in your box letters. Now, we’ll be publishing the list each week as we source. Please note: ingredient sources are subject to change due to last-minute availability!

  • Baby Spinach from Fresh Box Farms in Millis, MA. – Daal Curry
  • Organic Carrots from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA. – French Beef and Barley, Daal Curry
  • Organic Collard Greens from Harlow Farm in Westminster, VT. – West African Peanut Stew
  • Organic Lacinato Kale from Pete’s Greens in Waterbury, VT. – Veggie Quesadillas
  • Organic Scallions from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA. – Grilled Salmon and Quinoa Salad, Chicken Pad Thai
  • Organic Zucchini from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA. – Grilled Salmon and Quinoa Salad
  • Gulf of Maine Salmon from Red’s Best in Boston, MA. – Grilled Salmon and Quinoa Salad
  • Cage-Free Eggs from Maple Meadow Farm in Barre, VT. – Chicken Pad Thai
  • Monterey Jack Cheese & Sour Cream from Cabot Creamery in Cabot, VT. – Veggie Quesadillas
  • Berbere Spice Blend from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT. – West African Peanut Stew
  • Caraway Seeds & Nutmeg from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT. – French Beef and Barley
  • Cumin, Dried Oregano, Paprika & Sazon Seasoning from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT.  – Casa B Cuban Chili
  • Cumin Seeds, Mustard Seeds & Turmeric from The Spice Mill in Manchester, CT. – Daal Curry
  • Flour Tortillas from Cinco De Mayo in Chelsea, MA. – Veggie Quesadillas

7 Summer Food Safety Tips

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Summer calls for BBQs, outdoor events, family gatherings and lots of delicious food. While we all enjoy the mouthwatering meals that these celebrations bring, here are 7 tips for avoiding food-borne illnesses during the hottest months of the year here in New England:

  1. Wash EVERYTHING properly: Well, the items that make sense. Namely hands & produce. We are often the vehicles that kick off a food poisoning run so get seriously soapy before diving into the main tasks of the day.
  2. Remember to keep your meat & veggies separate: High temperatures mean fast bacteria growth. To avoid the possibility of contamination, it’s important to use separate containers, cutting boards, and utensils when prepping your meat and veggies.
  3. Keep cooked meat away from raw meat: Make sure that you have separate dishes to hold your cooked meat and your raw meat. Don’t let your meat sit out while you’re firing up the grill. In fact, it’s best left in the fridge until you’re ready to throw it on the heat.
  4. Let the meat rest: Meat will continue cooking once you take it off the grill. Make sure to cover it with aluminum foil to trap the heat in and let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes. This also keeps your burgers nice and juicy. Use a thermometer to insure ground beef, pork, and lamb are cooked to a minimum internal temp of 155°F while poultry should be cooked to 165°F.
  5. Keep your condiments refrigerated: At least until it’s time to serve the food. These can spoil easily when left in contact with direct sunlight.
  6. Follow the 2-hour rule: Food left out for longer than 2 hours should be thrown away. If you’re going to have leftovers of meat, veggies or items like pasta salad, make sure that you refrigerate soon after serving.
  7. The cooler situation: The more chilled, the better. Chill your coolers before packing them and use separate coolers for drinks and perishable foods. Coolers that are frequently opened, like those holding beverages, tend to see ice melt more quickly.

These, of course, are just a few. If you have any food safety tips to share – summer or year-round – please share in the comments!

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