Sugar Sand getting more productive every year!

10 September, 2019:   Don’t tell this to your friendly neighborhood Monsanto farmer but I believe that organic soil can feed the world. How do I know this? It has to do with a sandwich that’s launching tomorrow. That’s Ray. If you’ve been following this blog you may know that Ray is our #1 Farmer Crush – well, maybe tied… Read More

5% of you really care about this. But 100% of us should.

5 September, 2019: Pictured: Stacia. My favorite vegan. Happy about the Just Mayo. Just Mayo is back. Yes. It’s back. We moved to Just Mayo years ago. And when we did a bunch of our food turned vegan overnight. We think it tastes better than Hellmans. The company that makes Just Mayo (“Just” that’s their name) yanked it from distribution earlier… Read More

Are kiosks good for Clover?

5 September, 2019: CloverFIN customers have seen a little kiosk at that location (160 Federal St.). We’re testing it out. And I have to admit I’m pretty ambivalent about the whole idea. I feel like a special part of Clover is making fewer people strangers. I love this part of working at Clover. I think many of our staff love… Read More

From the archives

Day 2

30 October, 2008: Second day at the truck. Far from perfect, but much much smoother. The bread still isn’t right, but we’re thrilled with the number of repeat customers. Numbers have doubled from yesterday. Feedback is great. We’re seeing what people like and don’t like. It’s great. On one hand things are crazy, we’re pulling 20 hour days and still… Read More

I won’t sell you my best-selling sandwich

23 August, 2019: I think we’ve totally failed in explaining why our menu is always changing. What makes me think this? Daily requests for the Brussels Sprout Sandwich. And the looks on faces when we say we don’t have it. Like we’re pulling one over on them. I love this sandwich. I made it as a resistance to all the… Read More

(closed) Survey Day: 8/22/19

22 August, 2019: (This survey is now closed – we hold these surveys about once a month, so if you’re lucky you’ll come to Clover during a future survey day!) If you received a survey card in line today, please click on this post to get to the survey link. A huge thanks for helping us improve!! Click here for… Read More

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

George don’t hate me. I’m making an alt-milk bar

15 August, 2019: Yesterday I was sitting in Acton with George Howell at his roasting facility. I told him about my new idea: ALT-MILK BAR. Clover will get a bunch of milk-drinks: chai, hot chocolate, pourover lattes, shaken iced lattes. All estate coffee (of course). And all non-dairy milk (we’ve been making our own in-house and it’s killer but we… Read More

From the archives

I like your shoes redux

21 April, 2010: Are those shoes purple? Are they sparkling? Yup, and yup. And check the lace job. Some of you may remember when we ran a survey last month. I wore some flashy shoes from Concepts and asked those of you who took the survey to deliver the secret code: “I like your shoes” if they wanted their reward.… Read More

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

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

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

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

From the archives

For the side of the truck?

29 August, 2008: What do you think of this for the side of the truck? Comments welcome. Here’s an older one. This image dates to the day after I first thought of the food lab idea: Read More

Tips

9 August, 2019: We’ve turned on tipping. The bottom line: our staff are taking home a lot more money each week. That’s great. And it’s why we’re taking tips now. I’d held off on this for a long time. There is so much about tipping that is nasty. But I think technology has allowed us to avoid most of the… Read More