From the archives

Homebrew

16 September, 2008: Obviously the Clover Food Lab is going to be tight and professional. I’ve got too many great people helping for it not to turn out finished, and that is what we are aiming to achieve. That doesn’t keep me from admiring simple DIY solutions for things. Check out this cool train someone made at an apple orchard.… Read More

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Wolf coach

16 September, 2008: The systems (generator, LP gas, water) need access hatches. We’ve been looking at luggage doors, but I saw these on an emergency vehicle today and think they look promising. The manufacturer of these vehicles is Wolf Coach. Has me thinking we should look at suppliers of work trucks and other emergency vehicles for these parts. Funny, my… Read More

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Work has begun

15 September, 2008: I just parked the truck in Salem, where the body work will be done. Phil Crosscup is managing this phase, and work is starting today!   Read More

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River Gods french fries

7 December, 2008: It’s funny, I’ve tested french fries all over the world. My favorite ever were from a street vendor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I usually avoid the true Belgian fries, if done right they are made in horse fat. But I eat everything else. What’s funny is that I never spent any time with Boston french fries. Looks… Read More

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Truck is now locked

13 September, 2008: For obvious reasons I have not mentioned this here, but the truck arrived without any keys to any of the locks. This means my truck has been sitting unsecured on the road for the past few weeks. Luckily there’s nothing of value in the truck, but it’s still had me a bit uncomfortable at night. After receiving… Read More

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New rubber

13 September, 2008: The Utilimaster supply is great. On their website in addition to very helpful service manuals, they have a PDF of virtually every part of the truck. I replaced a bunch of rubber that was rotten and fixed the piston that holds the hood open so that it wont keep falling on my head. Read More

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Designing the electrical

11 September, 2008: I’ve hinted at this before, when covering grease conversions, but I’m faced with two conflicting goals: I’d love to do as many energy-smart things as I can on the truck I’ve got to keep the costs very low Today I spent some time on the electrical design. The low emission route would be to use the sun… Read More

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Irish plumbers

11 September, 2008: Greg Vaughn of Vaughn Plumbing helped me install the gas system. I think he did a great job, and once I track down the right regulator, we’re ready to pop a fryer, and possibly another appliance in there. Read More

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Season’s last strawberries

28 June, 2010: Clover’s staff went strawberry picking yesterday. I have an idea that someday Clover will be an educational environment for employees, where they not only learn how to make perfect French fries but learn about food systems. Picking our own berries is a start. Both trucks will be featuring strawberry agua frescas today. These late strawberries are super… Read More

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Latest truck design

10 September, 2008: Awning (click link for movie) John and Jinhee have been working overtime to realize our ambitions for the truck in very short timeframe we’re working against. John and I met up yesterday and after having doubts about our ability to pull off the transforming awning design, I’m really excited about the latest take. Read More

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Henny Penny fryer

10 September, 2008: A friend turned me on to Henny Penny fryers. They make normal fryers, but specialize in “pressure fryers.” These were developed primarily for fried chicken, and supposedly they do wonders for that. But they have other qualities that caught my interest: 30% lower fuel consumption 10-20% less grease on food More moisture and flavor retained in the… Read More

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A solution to Home Depot runs

10 September, 2008: You’ve found yourself stuck in the trap: you’ve got some sort of little project, and you find you’re spending more time driving back and forth to Home Depot than working. Well, I’m sure some of you have a level of experience and planning that allows you to get it right the first time, I don’t. So I… Read More

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Tent poles

8 September, 2008: I’ve been talking to John and Jinhee (Single Speed Design) about awning designs. I’ve long loved the way simple tents look (see above), and we’re looking at these as possible references. Tetsuya Ohara, who leads up technical fabric and materials at Patagonia is kindly offering us advice. Tetsuya used to work for a sail maker, which is another source… Read More

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WFM Project: re-usable packaging

8 May, 2014: If you know me you probably know I’m fascinated by trash. It’s this enormous tangible measure of our efficiency as a society and we’re brilliant at completely hiding it from everybody. I knew nothing about the waste generated behind the scenes when I quit my job to start Clover. Packaging that is handed to you is easier… Read More

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WARNING: This is going to be a boring post

5 September, 2008: … but if I don’t write it down I’ll forget everything. And I know this will be useful to others someday. I was always skeptical when people said things like “you’re going to have to deal with licensing” as though it was a huge hurdle. I was wrong. Here’s a summary of the city and state licensing… Read More