I want Massachusetts to grow grain part 2

29 January, 2020: We’ve been privy to (and participated in) a resurgence in local grain over the past decade. More and more farmers are growing grain again in New England. Bakers want to bake with it, brewers want to make beer with it. But we’ve struggled with how to talk to customers and other chefs about why they should care… Read More

The licking spice

27 January, 2020: The Pushpir sandwich is leaving us soon (next Tuesday) to make way for the Venezuelan Plantain. Which means our boxes of magical, smelly chaat masala will have to be sent back to the HUB, and that is sad. Pushpir told us about chaat masala back in 2013 when he guided us through the world of North Indian… Read More

So good someone drew a perfect Mr. Mushroom

24 January, 2020: A few years back, Enzo brought us a sandwich called the Sunday Mushroom, based on the Sunday red sauce his Italian-American family would make. Super delicious but never reached the status of a JSP or a Brussels. Then the other week, Chris Strange came to Food Dev with another take. Chris was inspired by toasted ravioli he… Read More

From the archives

Clover video/ photo studio

20 November, 2017: That pop-up thing has had some amazing highs (Grillos, the wonderful FoMu, Union Donuts, and the cash for warhol stand out in my mind). But it takes a ton of management to do well, and I just don’t have somebody to put on it. We’re focused on other things (we’re growing 40% or so right now!) I… Read More

Quick Lunch

23 January, 2020: I wanted to get a picture up of the Quick Lunch from P&E (pictured). Lucia beat me to announcing the Quick Lunch because she’s so… quick! If you haven’t noticed, this is at Clover KND (Kendall Square) as of yesterday. In testing. A bowl of Hearty Vegetable Stew, a salad featuring locally grown greens, a piece of… Read More

Quick lunch in-testing at CloverKND

21 January, 2020: We’ve been trying to think of ways for you all to eat more soup. Paul and Elizabeth’s is a family restaurant in Northampton that Ayr loves. They do something called a Quick Lunch – for $9.50 you get a salad, a soup, a dinner roll, and a tea! The “quick” part isn’t a lie – all the… Read More

Launch crew patches

20 January, 2020: You may have noticed that our new hats have the Clover logo, but made in Velcro so that we can stick patches to them. We made a special patch for the new crew at CloverBBY. Nobody else at Clover got one. It’s the least we can do for putting them in a brand new space with all… Read More

Sad greens

17 January, 2020: We sent out a few salads we were not proud of over the holidays. If you got a salad from the retail fridge that was missing dressing or had greens that were a little on the dry side, please reach out (you can write to us at info@cloverfoodlab.com) and we’ll make you whole again. We’re about 6… Read More

From the archives

Press

17 June, 2009: A bunch of you have asked why we don’t make a big deal about the press we’ve been receiving, and why there hasn’t been a mention of any of it here on the website. The truth is we needed some time to sort out our conflicted emotions regarding the recent coverage. You see we actually told some… Read More

How does a jalapeño popper become a sandwich?

15 January, 2020: In 2015 Paul and Bryan started talking about inventing a jalapeño popper sandwich. We were all skeptical. At that time Bryan was running CloverKND and Paul had been my intern and was running our Whole Foods account. They both grew up on the South Shore, going to a tavern in West Bridgewater called The Charlie Horse where… Read More

Will’s favorite day

14 January, 2020: We did a Pay What You Want Day for our opening of CloverBBY. We ended up raising $3500 for the Stone Barns Young Farmers Initiative. When 11am hit and the line started to do this, it was all hands on deck. Will works on our accounting team. He’s usually face to face with Excel spreadsheets. That day… Read More

Penultimate bite melancholia

13 January, 2020: A customer wrote this review on Yelp the other week. Rob, who manages our Burlington location, passed it along. Wow. Wondering how we can encourage more of this type of experience… I thought the Chickpea Fritter sandwich was the best thing ever. I just had the Pushpir. Wow! I think it’s the tamarind sauce that puts it… Read More

Are sunchokes fancy?

12 January, 2020: It’s winter and we have Sunchokes back on the menu at breakfast and lunch (although the lunch sandwich is going away on Tuesday to make room for the Bridgewater.) Sunchokes have this strange draw. You hear one of our staff members describing it and then you just find yourself ordering it. Maybe it’s something to do with… Read More

From the archives

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

In 2019 we tore up the menu

9 January, 2020: Food Dev is an internal meeting. People huddle around a prep table with all sorts of hustle and bustle around us. We invite the public. We do this every Tuesday at 3pm, and we taste new ideas. In 2019 we tore up the menu in a few big ways. Some of them were intentional and planned. Some… Read More