From the archives

Reducing spend on G-suite: A how to guide

19 March, 2020: This post isn’t about food. But it’s about some of the (very boring) stuff we need to be doing to protect our ability to make great food in the future. I’ve been spending the majority of the past 2 days contacting vendors and suppliers and service providers. My pitch is consistent: we want to use your service… Read More

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The mother ship is resting

18 March, 2020: Those were the words Chris texted me this afternoon. Pictured above is our “cooling” walk-in. It’s a relatively small walk-in fridge with oversized cooling and a series of glass doors. In normal operations it’s in and out. We pack it from the door side and empty it from behind. Sometimes we turn it 3 times a day.… Read More

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Near East

30 October, 2008: 6am, Brockton, Near East Bakery. We got the wrong bread the other day, so I’m trying again. I love factories, and you all know I love food. A clean well-run bakery is the best intersection of the two. Read More

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Pause

16 March, 2020: We all spend so much energy figuring out how to get from where we are to the next place. And at Clover that feels like such an imperative. Clover is trying each day to solve this existential challenge we face: Global warming. But now we’re facing a different more immediate challenge in COVID-19. We’re going to be… Read More

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Status update

15 March, 2020: Hi all. Just learned of Massachusetts declaring all restaurants to be closed by Tuesday, except for delivery and take-out. Sometime soon we’re all going to stop feeling surprised by these changes. I don’t know about you but I’m not there yet. We are learning what this means for us. In the meantime all Clover restaurants are open… Read More

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Octavia says: “Peep!”

13 March, 2020: My kids picked up chicks today. They are 1 day old! This is Octavia. She is an Easter Egger. That’s a kind of chicken. Octavia and these other fluffy balls will join our mature chickens in our backyard. She’s not even going to know what this COVID thing is when she grows up ; ) Read More

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6th time’s a charm?

11 March, 2020: “Do you think we could pull off a jerk sandwich?” Chris wondered aloud in the car ride back from New York. This was back in September I think. Chris loves the flavors of jerk rubs—the Jamaican spice mixes that are used to rub meat before smoking them. And we’ve never played around with the wide and delicious… Read More

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Thanks for your patience

5 November, 2008: Wow. We were blown away by the interest today. I’m just hoping everybody had a good experience. There are only two of us back there, and we’re making everything fresh. Needless to say this size line pressure tested us. Thanks everybody for coming by, hope you liked your food. Please come back and tell us what you… Read More

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No sampling, no reusable mugs, no Food Dev, lots of hand washing

10 March, 2020: I feel scared people I love might get sick. I feel scared I might get sick. I feel scared I don’t know how to get Clover through this Covid-19 outbreak. I’m taking more deep breaths than usual. You might be feeling some of these same things. Well, maybe not the last one about Clover’s future. But I… Read More

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Rainbow carrot sandwich?

9 March, 2020: Queen’s Green Farm in Amherst called us a few weeks ago about a bumper crop of rainbow carrots. These carrots are beautiful – red, purple, orange, yellow, even white. We’ve been using them wherever we can. Carrot salads at lunch. Carrot marmalade at breakfast. Rainbows in your crudité cups. One other obvious place to put carrots? The… Read More

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Farmshare signups are live!

6 March, 2020: What is a farmshare? A farmshare is a box of veggies, or fruit, or mushrooms, or FOREST edibles (more on that in a future post). But it’s far more than that. A farmshare is a partnership between you and a farmer. You pay money in the spring, they use that money to grow food, you get a… Read More

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George Howell coffee van!

5 March, 2020: I love George Howell’s new vans. It’s like a coffee bag on the go! We spotted this one zipping around Cambridge from the backseat of Ayr’s car the other day. It made me crave a cup of Montecarlos. We’re getting new resupply vans at Clover and I think we’re going to move away from our all-white. The… Read More

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Ayr and Mark walk into a Wendy’s

9 September, 2010: Rolando thought this was really funny. I met one of our newest employees when we were both at Wendy’s. It is pretty funny. Those of you who have been reading know that we hold our manager meetings at fast food joints. As for Mark, I think he was just hungry. Welcome aboard Mark, looking forward to feeding… Read More

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Mexicali testing updates

2 March, 2020: Our latest experimental sandwich is the Mexicali Mushroom – a Baja-fish-taco-inspired creation. If you come by KND any day after 11am we’re testing it there. So how is it faring? Customers are saying it’s the best thing they’ve ever had at Clover. Wow. Repeat purchase behavior is one of the big things we look for in a… Read More