Nella Pasta

  (Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts)
An inside look of a start-up pasta company specializing in local, seasonal ingredients
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Field-Trip to the Farm

There was a time that Monday meant one thing…. dreading the week ahead. We would arrive at our desks, give a perfunctory “good morning,” change our voicemail, check e-mail…. you know the rest. Not this Monday, nor any other for that matter. Yesterday, Rachel and I went on a field-trip to a place that we previously knew solely as a vendor at the Prudential and Hingham Markets. Where did we go? Springbrook Farm! For months we have been using Springbrook’s produce to flavor our pasta and fill our ravioli, but we had yet to actually see where the produce was grown. Yesterday we jumped in the cleaned out “Nella Mobile” (thank you Jordan) and headed to Littleton, MA. When we first arrived, we were reminded by a mantra we recited to cheer each other up at our previous job: “think sun on your face, smell of tomatoes….” It was a brilliantly sunny day and our nostrils filled with the aroma of…. ok, cow poop. Frankly, it didn’t bother us in the least. We entered the country store, introduced ourselves to the owner, brought out our crates and got to work. Twenty bushels of sugar pumpkins, acorn, carnival, butternut and delicata squashes, cortland and macoun apples later, its safe to say we’re ready for winter! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be slicing hundreds of squashes, cleaning out the seeds (to keep of course!), roasting, pureeing and freezing the pulp to keep local produce in our pasta for months to come. Now’s the time to take advantage of the last of this year’s fresh produce, so get motivated! Visit your local farmer’s market, stock up on apples, squashes, pumpkins, make a pumpkin or squash puree or apple sauce and enjoy wonderful local produce all winter long. Farms are stocked with these yummy fall treats, so act now!

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