This week we have chives and a mix of alfalfa & radish sprouts from Massachusetts, plus sweet Vidalia onions from Georgia. Learn about some of our upcoming add-ons and our May Referral Program in this week’s newsletter!
Archive for April, 2012
It’s because of your positive word of mouth that we’ve been able to grow, connect more families to real food, and support more local & organic farmers. We want to thank you for all the nice things you say about us!
Throughout the month of May, refer a friend
and receive $5 off your next box!
Between May 1st and May 30th, you will get $5 off your next order for each person you refer to Boston Organics. Make sure that they put your name in the referral field on the sign-up page!
As always, thank you for your support!!
Iggy’s Bread is back!! We’re now offering their delicious White, Whole Wheat, and Rye breads in addition to our Nashoba Brook breads! We also have sweet Vidalia onions for you this week. Check out the newsletter!
We want to wish a very happy Earth Day to our customers!!!!
In an effort to thank you all for helping us support sustainable agriculture, we have planted a tree for each of our customers! We partnered with Trees for the Future, an organization that has worked to develop sustainable agroforestry programs in developing countries around the world since 1989. They work with people to improve livelihoods and restore degraded lands to sustainable productivity through planting trees. Click here to view a map of their nurseries and projects!
Here at our office and warehouse, we’re constantly evaluating the environmental impact of our operations to make sure we get healthy organic food to you in the most sustainable way possible. We’d like to share some of the things we’ve been doing!
Bottleless Water Dispenser
By switching to a bottleless water dispenser, we’re eliminating the use of plastic bottles for our water storage. This particular system’s environmental impact is equivalent to planting 30 trees per year.
Recycling and Composting stations in our break room
We recently put a 3-bin recycling and composting station in our break room so less goes in the trash and more items go where they should! Our employees also made additional labels to help us all identify what goes where.
Motion Sensor Lighting
We installed a motion detector lighting system in 2 of the most high-traffic rooms in our office – the conference room and the break room. After 5 minutes of detected inactivity, the lights will turn themselves off. This has also made for some funny moments during meetings if we’re not moving very much!
In addition to these recent endeavors, composting and recycling remain essential to our daily operations. Here are a few facts for you!
- In 2011, we composted 32,270 lbs of produce with Save That Stuff
- In 2011, we recycled 20,000 lbs of cardboard with Save That Stuff
- We also donated we donated 26,235 pounds of produce to Food For Free in 2011!
It’s your support and belief in a healthy food system that allows us to do what we do! From all of us here at Boston Organics, thank you for your continued support, and Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day gives us all an opportunity to reflect upon our habits and make an effort to do more for our planet. There are many simple ways that we can all reduce our impact on a regular basis, especially when it comes to our food habits!
Food waste is a HUGE problem in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss Project, we throw away more than 25 percent of all the food we produce for domestic sale and consumption.
There is a significant amount of food waste in the food service industry (supermarkets, restaurants, etc.), but we as consumers also waste a lot of food without realizing it. Throwing out leftovers, trashing food scraps, and letting food spoil can really add up over time.
Here are some things you can do at home to minimize the amount of food you waste.
1. Feed your friends! If you have extra food that you won’t be able to eat, invite friends over for a potluck or bring some to your neighbors!
2. Donate to the hungry! There are too many hungry people in our communities. You can make a difference by donating excess food to food banks, soup kitchens and shelters!
3. Compost your food scraps! There are tons of online resources to help get you started. Keep a compost container with a lid in your kitchen, and it will be easier than ever to keep food out of the trash. (In addition to your veggie scraps, did you know you can compost coffee grounds, egg shells, and hair?)
4. Cook it, then freeze it! This one sounds more complicated than it is. Next time you cook a large batch of food, put the leftovers in a bag in the freezer. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor for a long time to come!
5. Reorganize your fridge. Keep what you have in sight, so when you open your fridge you’ll know what needs to be eaten! If you keep leftovers towards the front of the fridge in clear containers, you’re much more likely to remember to eat them.
6. Donate food scraps to your local farmer. Lots of farmers take food scrap donations so they can feed it to their animals or turn it into fertilizer. It’s a great way to bring your consumption habits full-circle!
How do we reduce food waste here at Boston Organics?
Composting and food donations play a significant role in keeping food waste out of our operations!
Food For Free
Every Monday, an amazing Cambridge-based organization called Food for Free comes by our warehouse to pick up our leftover produce from the previous week. Food For Free rescues fresh food that might otherwise go to waste and distributes it to the community’s most vulnerable populations through meal programs, food pantries, emergency shelters, hospitals and clinics, and youth programs in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston.
In 2011, we donated 26,235 pounds of produce to Food For Free! We are so thankful for the hard work that they do to help provide access to healthy food for the people who need it most.
Save That Stuff
We work with Save that Stuff to recycle our recyclables and to compost whatever we can. In 2011, we composted 32,270 pounds of produce through Save That Stuff. The compost that is picked up from Boston Organics eventually makes its way to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus, Massachusetts.
What do you do to reduce your food waste at home? Email us at email@example.com and you’ll find a surprise in your box!
Happy Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday! If a beautiful 3-day weekend isn’t enough excitement for you, we’ve got an early-season treat for you this week – sweet snow peas! Our featured add-on is delicious cow’s milk feta from Neighborly Farms in VT, which is the perfect accompaniment to salads for this nice warm weather.
Also in this week’s newsletter, find out about our Earth Day tree planting for our customers, and read the lovely note that we received from Michael Docter at Winter Moon Farm to congratulate us on our 10th anniversary!
We’ve been busy meeting with local growers to plan out the upcoming season of local produce, and we’re pretty excited about what’s ahead! This week we have fresh rosemary from Happy Valley Organics that you can pair with your veggies for a flavorful roasted veggie medley. Also, we only have a few spots left for our upcoming cooking class! Check out this week’s newsletter!
Happy April!! With Passover and Easter on the way this week, we have a lot of delicious produce and recipes for your holiday celebrations. In add-on news, we now have Paino Organics tortilla strips for your snacking needs, while honey tangerine add-ons are done for the season. Check out this week’s newsletter!