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Watermelon patch

21 August, 2019: We made our first-ever Clover patch! Our new “tactical hats,” made by Brewery Branding, have the Clover logo on them, but in velcro. Our new patches, made by Fully Promoted, have my watermelon artwork on them. Our staff will be wearing them to celebrate the melon microseason, which can be anywhere from early August to late September… Read More

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Corn is actually in season now

15 August, 2019: Ayr created a bit of a commotion when he posted about corn not being in season in June. Here is a friendly reminder that corn is now in season in MA, about 2 months later. We’re getting all our corn from Steve Verrill in Concord, MA (thanks to them for this pic). We love buying local corn… Read More

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Chris Strange breaks the internet

14 August, 2019: You might not know this, but we have an Instagram with a hard-fought 12.7k followers. Not hundreds of thousands like our national competitors. We were kind of late to the game on Instagram. But we’ve also never bought followers. *cough, cough.* We try to tell stories, share mistakes. We post killer Food Dev stories Tuesdays at 3pm. But the… Read More

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Death to sealed drinks?

14 August, 2019: I think we are going to kill the sealed drinks idea. As you know we make all our own drinks in house. 100 percent of them. As more customers have been taking their food to-go, we started experimenting with bottling them and keeping them in fridges. A year ago, we got pretty disturbed by the amount of… Read More

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Do they have baby name books for this?

9 August, 2019: Have you sneaked a peek? We’re opening a new restaurant at 565 Boylston in the Back Bay. Ever since we opened the second-ever Clover food truck in Dewey Square, and needed to distinguish it from the first food truck at MIT, we’ve added 3 letters to the word Clover. Usually these were based on the T-stop near… Read More

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“Boba” at Clover

11 July, 2019: We’re testing drinks sealed in the style of boba tea. Credit for this idea comes from Xian Famous Foods in NYC, who make and seal their drinks this way. We’ve always thought it looked really slick. Earlier this year, we found we were wasting tons of plastic using bottles. Chris hunted down a sealer and some post-consumer-recycled… Read More

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Cottage what?

11 July, 2019: Most people think of cottage cheese in a certain way. Usually that way is…not good. Luke, a farmer from Brookford Farm, came to Food Dev with cottage cheese that he makes on his farm in New Hampshire. Cottage cheese is curds and whey, and when it’s made with good fresh milk, it can be absolutely delicious. Luke… Read More

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Kale Crown

7 July, 2019: Most greens that you get in the grocery store were harvested weeks ago. One of the things we love about working direct with farmers is that we can get you produce that was harvested a day, a few days, or even a few hours ago. Yuka, Rob and I went to Next Barn Over and Kitchen Garden… Read More

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Deadline to sign up for a farmshare is June 10

4 June, 2019: This spring has been a rainy one for farmers in our region (some are saying it was one of the rainiest on record!), but it looks like summer is shaping up to be beautiful. Don’t miss out on a box of veggies straight from a local farm, delivered to your nearest Clover. The deadline to sign up… Read More

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A tomato farm that might actually make you happy about the state of the world

31 May, 2019: You might not know this but we were this close to taking tomatoes off the menu entirely for 9 months out of the year. First our beloved Backyard Farms (which inspired the late, great Maine Tomato Sandwich) changed the way they grow tomatoes, making their price unjustifiable. Then all the tomatoes from Mexico and Canada were flavorless… Read More