Posts tagged Environmental

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Make it better at home this winter

23 December, 2016: Our goal next year is to teach 1000 customers to cook at home. We’re teaching all the skills we know. Soups, sodas, pickles, hot sauce, and the foundation of everything: knife skills. Classes are happening weeknights, they’ve gone down in price, they’re at a Clover near you. When you cook even 1 meal a week at home, you have the power to… Read More

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Do you eat seeds?

5 October, 2016: Concord grapes are one of my great pleasures in life. When I was a kid my dad had some growing on our greenhouse. I’d watch them grow all summer, from tiny green balls to frosted orbs. I’d taste them too early and spit them out. And then, around this time of year, I’d enjoy their sweet tart burst… Read More

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Azore Island Fig Trees

28 July, 2016: There are fig trees in my office because my Great Great Grandfather missed the Azore Islands. My Grandfather on my dad’s side grew up in New Bedford, MA. His Grandfather was from the Azore Islands. And he missed figs like nothing else. Maybe I have a deep love of food in my genes. But don’t we all? My Grandfather… Read More

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What is composting?

9 June, 2016: OK, I’m in a better mood today. But still posting pictures of trash. Sorry, we’ll get back to edible food soon. But I think part of this effort is sharing the raw reality of building a business, and I think this topic is super important to share with everybody. So many folks have been reaching out regarding… Read More

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Death of composting

3 June, 2016: Yes, to take that picture I had to stick my phone in a trashcan, or more specifically a compost bin. I’m trying to keep my cool but I’m not doing a very good job of it. Savethatstuff, our composter, is not composting all of the compost they pick up from our restaurants. And they haven’t been for… Read More

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24 hours to sign up for your farmshare

30 May, 2016: Tomorrow (May 31) at midnight is the deadline to sign up for a farmshare with pickups at Clover. Unlike meal delivery services or farmer’s markets, farmshares directly support farmers (like Dave Jackson in the picture above) with a commitment of money at the beginning of the season that they need to buy seeds, grow food, and hire people. If you join a farmshare,… Read More

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Foraging for garlic mustard

18 May, 2016: Last week Lieza, Ayr, Sara, Ryder, Lindsey and Stacia went on a garlic mustard pull at Blue Heron Farm in Lincoln. Garlic mustard was brought to the US in the 1700’s by early settlers. It was used in cooking and to treat ulcers and gangrene. Every April it pops up in the woodland areas around Boston. The… Read More

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21,780

17 March, 2016: That’s the number, in square feet, of the land that Michael Docter grew parsnips for Clover on. He just wrote to me with the exact number. It’s a little over half an acre. Or half a football field. Any way you measure it, it’s a lot of parsnips. Michael has been growing for Clover for years, but… Read More

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DTX is alive. And it feels like home.

3 February, 2016: Wow all. This has been an amazing 72 hours or so. We’ve learned a lot from our past store opens and I think we’re improving a bit. We started out with a casual open house Monday morning that drew more than 400 people. We were stunned. Then our Pay What you Want soft opening yesterday helped raise nearly… Read More

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New compostable containers?

16 December, 2015: 5 years ago we started converting every single piece of packaging at Clover to compostable. Back then there weren’t a lot of choices. Now there are a lot more choices and we have a lot more buying power. So we are upgrading everywhere. We haven’t loved our Platter containers. They’re wasteful, because if a customer wants it for-here… Read More