When it comes to the farm-to-table movement, California's bounty of locally grown produce is hard to beat. Yet, when it comes to eating like a true locavore, most of us look outside of our own kitchen. Maybe it's because the Whole Foods on the corner is just so damn practical, or maybe it's that any ingredient not included in our signature "spaghetti and meatballs" dish seems intimidating to cook — but, either way, we often end up deferring to a favorite restaurant when craving a side of sautéed Weiser Farm broccoli or roasted California red kuri squash.
Enter: Summerland, the L.A.-based service that delivers organic farm-to-front-door boxes filled with the most delicious, vibrantly colored, peak-season produce from nearby farmers and farms. From allowing customers to tailor their boxes to meet their dietary needs or food allergies, and including simple, little recipes in each box that showcase dishes easily made from the ingredients included, the company makes the whole process of cooking with local produce not only easier, but it also makes the concept of locavore seem a lot less foreign to the everyday, amateur cook.
Ahead, watch as we break down three crazy delicious, farm-to-front-door recipes that you don't need serious kitchen skills to make. And, if you live in L.A., be sure to stop by Summerland's mini farmers' market at Heath Ceramics this Saturday, March 8, to create your own farm box and fill it with you're favorite fresh fruit and vegetables. Also, mention Refinery29 when you're there, and score 30% off your first order. But, for now, start clicking and get cooking!