Local In Season
Greek Lentil Salad Print
Right Food for the Season - Early Spring
Written by Michelle Lahey   

The warmer weather can only mean one thing: cookout season is almost here.

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Most barbecues I attend feature grilled meats and veggies, with the typical salads to accompany them: pasta, potato, and/or a simple green salad. And although these

 nostalgic dishes are welcome cookout accompaniments, I’m looking to amp things up this year. Specifically with this Greek Lentil Salad.

Chocked full of spring-friendly green onions and fresh parsley, this protein-packed salad has all the flavors and textures you need for a satiating side dish. The salty olives and feta mixed with the fresh lemon juice and spicy onions makes each bite borderline addictive. The lentils are also like tiny little sponges that soak up every single flavor in the bowl.

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Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero Print
Local Libations - Local Libations
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Spring is playing a cruel, cruel joke on us right now. Here in New England, we’re having sporadic 60-degree days with plenty of sunshine, followed by several days of rain, wind, and cold. What gives?

Clown Shoes beer

The only thing making me slightly OK with this colder weather is that stout season is still here. Nothing makes a wet, dreary day brighter than a full-bodied, delicious, dark stout.

One I am currently loving is Clown Shoes Beer’s Chocolate Sombrero. Clown Shoes brews out of Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and their mission is to produce beer without pretension. That’s a goal I can get behind, especially when it comes to alcohol. 

Clown Shoe’s Chocolate Sombrero is a Mexican-style chocolate stout that clocks in at 9% abv. This year-round brew packs a punch of rich chocolate flavor combined with the subtle spice of ancho chiles. The chiles are further cooled down with the help of a little cinnamon and some sweet, apparent vanilla extract. The sweet and spicy combination is spot-on in each sip, making this fairly strong beer a little too easy to consume. 

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Food facts: How do I find local, wild-caught fish? Print
Written by Sarah J. Sturtevant   

Enjoy these food facts from Sarah J. Sturtevant, Founder and CEO of sustainable food company, SaCaR Enterprises LLC and contributing author to Local In Season. 

  More than 90% of seafood consumed in the US is imported.  The species that American’s most often eat (e.g. Tuna, Salmon, Cod, Shrimp), are not as plentiful in Northeastern waters, it is easier/cheaper to import and processing is often done outside the US.

Roughly 70% of seafood consumed in the US is eaten in restaurants.  Not knowing how to cook fish, uncertainty as to the “shelf life” of fresh fish, cost and the smell are reasons often sited for not cooking seafood at home.

New England fishing volume has declined by  40+% since 1950.  Retailers sell consumers the species of fish they demand.  Consumers’ preferences have not kept pace with local fish availability, and changing preferences towards local, and plentiful, species is a slow process.  

There are no US organic standards for fish farming.  Farmed fish may be fed GMO soy meal.  Wild caught fish may not use the “organic” label either, although it’s highly unlikely wild fish are consuming non-organic food.

There are 5 wild species which are bountiful in Northeastern waters, and considered underutilized.  These species are well managed and a key to sustaining the fishing industry in the Northeast.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) provides verification of responsibly harvested seafood that is traceable to the Gulf of Maine.

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Almost Summer Corn Soup Print
Right Food for the Season - Late Spring
Written by Michelle Lahey   

The act of shucking fresh, locally grown corn is not only therapeutic, but it also signals that it’s [almost] summer. And although we may be a little early on the corn front, we found some beautiful cobs at the Union Square Farmers’ Market last weekend.

Unfortunately, our grill had cooled down a bit too much before we put the cobs on, resulting in a rather al dente finished product. Faced with a fridge full of perfectly good corn cobs, I decided to turn them into a silky, flavorful soup – perfect for filling the time (and fresh corn void) until summer comes along. 

The key to this soup is the corn stock. Like just about any homemade stock, this corn-based version is packed with fresh flavor – plus a kick of heat thanks to the peppercorns and crushed red pepper flakes. I used the greens from leeks that I had in my freezer, but feel free to throw in a chopped onion instead, if you so choose. Some fresh herbs (like thyme) would also be great in this stock, if you have them on-hand. 

No matter what ingredients you use in your corn stock, I highly recommend serving this healthy soup with some crusty bread for dipping, or even alongside some grilled burgers or sausages. It’s on the thinner side, so a satiating entrée will complement it beautifully.

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Curry Pumpkin Apple "Pitzas" Print
Right Food for the Season - Late Fall
Written by Lizzy Butler   
Although we don’t associate this time of year (tell me how it came to be the end of November again?) with bountiful harvests from the garden, there are still some edible gems left in the surviving vines that keep us going throughout the winter. They are the brave warriors who withstand the cold fall nights when other vegetables bow out until next season.
 
I’m talking about winter squash of course, and they’re about to take center stage on your table during the holiday season.
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