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Local strawberries

19 June, 2012: I am so pumped for strawberries this year.  They’ve been in for a couple of weeks now, but they are getting sweeter and sweeter everyday. We’re getting them from Four Town Farm, down in Seekonk, MA. Right now we’re blending them into lemonades and agua frescas. Agua fresca’s are fruit drinks from Latin America. Blended fruit, water… Read More

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3pm special: Asparagus with lemon

14 June, 2012: We are at the tail end of asparagus season, but we wanted to start using asparagus at Clover.  We are always a little cautious with expensive ingredients, because we don’t want to be serving food that is less than awesome (perishability, handling, etc.) and at the same time achieving a poor profit margin. Asparagus is a little pricey,… Read More

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Speedwell coffee: Cafe Irupana, Bolivia

12 June, 2012: Pouring right now at a Clover near you is this Bolivian coffee, roasted by Derek, down in Plymouth, MA. This coffee is super easy to drink. It’s a mild coffee, with a slightly sweet fruity taste, and a smooth finish. It comes from a cooperative farming system with smallholder farmers, all chipping in to contribute to the production… Read More

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Garlic mustard “pulled” pesto

1 June, 2012: So, the picture above is a garlic mustard. It’s an invasive species of plants, belonging to the mustard family. The plant was brought over from Europe in the 1860’s and having no natural enemies in North America, it is doing well. Maybe you’ve seen it. Unfortunately, it dominates other native plants and changes the natural flora of… Read More

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Re-using egg cartons

21 May, 2012: We go through lots of eggs at Clover. We used to save the egg cartons to repack eggs from loose-pack cases, for the trucks. We would go through far more cartons than we could re-use, so we started have these growing mountains of egg cartons over at Harvard Square and at the HUB in Inman Square. Several… Read More

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Rhubarb

19 May, 2012: We have been so anxious for Rhubarb this year. It’s finally being cut and shipped this past week from farms. We have a few sources for rhubarb. Four Town Farm in Seekonk, MA, Joe Czajkoski Farm in Hadley, MA and from Schartner Farms in Exeter, RI, all delivered by Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Market Mobile program.  I’m visiting Four… Read More

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Seasonal Switching: Soups to Salads

18 May, 2012: In this photo, you see some soup and salad kits side by side. We normally have either soups or salads available on our menu. Currently, we are in a grey area at Clover, where we start a seasonal transition from soups to salads. As to not rock our operational systems too much, in the prep kitchen and… Read More

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3pm special: Fried pickles – Grillo’s hots

17 May, 2012: Elmer is packing up our 3pm special kits. These containers from bottom to top are, dry batter mix, Grillo’s hots, flour, and caper-mustard sauce. Travis Grillo has our rotating tenant spot next door to the HUB. He’s doing a great job. We really appreciate what he does, selling a high quality, fresh, healthy and tasty product. We… Read More

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George Howell Coffee Company

15 May, 2012: That’s George Howell in our Harvard Square store, teaching Rose how to pour coffee. This picture was taken over a year ago. So why are you just now seeing George Howell coffee at Clover? Some of you know that George Howell is a big deal in the coffee world. He brought high quality coffee from the West… Read More

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George Howell coffee: El Roble, Santander, Colombia

11 May, 2012: We’ve wanted to serve George Howell’s coffee for a long time. It was actually the first coffee roaster that I visited, back in early 2009. George hosted Ayr and I at his roastery. I recall doing a formal cupping and discussing coffee varietals, light roast coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, brew methods, among other things. El Roble is an organic coffee from… Read More